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Danny Dyer to take short break from EastEnders next year to star in play with Sherlock star Martin Freeman

EastEnders Mick Carter
(Image credit: BBC / Dan Golsmith)

Danny Dyer to take a break early next year

Danny Dyer will take a short break from EastEnders next year to star in two London West End plays alongside Sherlock actor Martin Freeman.

The 40-year-old star, who plays Mick Carter in the soap, is to take part in a season of plays to mark the 10th anniversary of the death of Nobel Prize-winning playwright Harold Pinter.

An EastEnders source told The Sun: “Danny will need to take at least a month and a half away from the soap.

“He needs to spend a considerable amount of time in rehearsals and on stage so it only makes sense to give him a break from filming.”

Danny was a friend of Pinter and he was mentored by the writer as a young actor. He spoke of his friendship with Pinter in an interview with The Guardian, saying: “I miss him, you know, he was a good influence on me. He was the only person I feared but loved.

“He had faith in me, he suffered all my s*** because he knew I was a talented actor.”

Danny will appear with Martin in A Slight Ache and The Dumb Waiter. Other top names appearing in the season of plays include Episodes star Tamsin Greig and Poirot actor David Suchet.

The season of 20 plays will be staged at the Harold Pinter Theatre in London.

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