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Danny Dyer - 7 things you didn't know about the EastEnders star

Danny Dyer
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He's the hard man movie star turned EastEnders legend...

Danny Dyer has become a firm favourite for EastEnders fans since he joined the soap back in 2013.

It's hard to imagine the Walford without the Carters, and the family have been at the centre of some of the biggest storylines over recent years from Mick being wrongly thrown into jail after being framed for shooting Stuart Highway, to Linda Carter's (Kellie Bright) battle with alcohol.

But what do we know about the actor behind family man Mick Carter?

Most fans of the actor will know that:

  • He starred in Nativity The Musical in 2019
  • He's the face of BBC One game show The Wall
  • His acting career started at just 16

Danny Dyer: little known facts about the EastEnders legend

1. Danny Dyer isn't his real name

Well, according to Celebrity Juice host Keith Lemon it's not, anyway. The comedian has made a long-running joke out of the fact Danny's real name is Malcom Smith, and now Danny has people calling him Malcom in the streets.

The actor, who was actually born Daniel John Dyer, told, "It's really stuck that has. It's random isn't it? I'm forever getting my driver's licence out and showing people I'm not Malcom. I swear - even my children don't believe me!"

2. Danny Dyer has got three children 

Danny Dyer gives his daughter Dani a kiss

Danny Dyer gives his daughter Dani a kiss! (Picture: Getty Images)

While everyone knows Danny's eldest daughter Dani Dyer, after she won hugely popular ITV reality show Love Island, not everyone knows that the actor also has two other children.

The father-of-three has another daughter, 12-year-old Sunnie, and also a 6-year-old son called Arty, who was born prematurely and kept his parents on their toes with his dramatic arrival into the world.

3. Danny Dyer married his childhood sweetheart 

Danny might have been with his long-term partner Joanne Mas since they met at school, but they waited until 2016 to get married, meaning all three of their children could be at their big day.

Before Danny made it as an actor, Joanne was the main breadwinner of the relationship, working as a financial advisor.

4. Mick Carter wasn't the first EastEnders role he was offered 

Mick and Linda in EastEnders

Danny has been playing Mick Carter since 2013 (Picture: BBC)

Before the Carters arrived in Walford, soap producers offered Danny the part of Carl White, the ex con who dated Ronnie Mitchell back in 2013.

But considering Carl only lasted 6 months in Albert Square before being killed off, it seems Danny did the right thing holding out for the role of Mick.

5. He's an avid football fan 

While he might have made his name playing diehard Chelsea United supporter Tommy Johnson in The Football Factory, in real life Danny is a life-long West Ham United fan.

He also became the chairman at Greenwich Borough FC back in 2007.

6. He was good friends with Harold Pinter 

Danny has always said he owes his career to British playwright Harold Pinter after he mentored him from an early age.

He once told The Guardian: "I miss him, he was good influence on me. Harold was the only person I feared but loved. He had faith in me, he was a tyrant, but he could get away with it because he was so enchanting."

Danny Dyer's Right Royal Family - ep 2

Danny discovered recently that he's got royal blood... and explored his royal ancestors in Danny Dyer's Right Royal Family (Picture: BBC/Wall to Wall Media/Jack Coat)

Danny discovered while taking part in BBC family history series Who Do You Think You Are? that he was related to Henry VIII's chief advisor, Thomas Cromwell.

But that's not the only royal blood line in Danny's family. Elizabeth Seymour, the sister of Henry VIII's third wife Jane Seymour, is also Danny's 14x great grandmother, and Edward III is Danny's 22x great grandfather!

Following this discovery, Danny starred in a TV show about his royal ancestors called Danny Dyer's Right Royal Family.

Danny Dyer's Fact File 

Answers to the most frequently asked questions about the EastEnders actor....

How old is he?

Danny Dyer's age is 42. His date of birth is 24 July 1977.

Is he in a relationship?

Danny Dyer married his long-term partner, Joanne Mas, in 2016.

Does he have kids?

Danny Dyer and wife Joanne have got three children together, Dani, Sunnie and Arty.

Where was he born?

Danny Dyer was born in Custom House, East London.

How tall is he?

Danny Dyer's height is 1.83 metres.

Twitter: @MrDDyer

Instagram: @officialdannydyer

EastEnders, starring Danny Dyer, airs Monday and Friday at 8pm and Tuesday and Thursday at 7.30pm on BBC One.

We work hard to ensure that all information is correct. Facts that change over time, such as age, will be correct, to the best of our knowledge, at the time of the last article update.

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