EastEnders star Danny Dyer: ‘Really powerful stuff’ coming up in new Mick mental health storyline

Mick and Linda in EastEnders
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Mick and Linda could be facing a lot of emotional turmoil

EastEnders star Danny Dyer has promised that some “really powerful stuff” is coming up soon for his character Mick Carter in a new mental health plotline.

The 41-year-old star has teased the upcoming drama for Mick and his wife Linda (Kellie Bright) as their young son Ollie is diagnosed with autism.

While Danny couldn’t go into details, he hinted in The Sun: “I’ve got some really powerful stuff coming up with Kellie and stuff I can’t talk about at the moment but it’s good.

“Mick is going to go through some really [big] mental health issues, that’s all I can say.”

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The moving plot, which follows the Carters on their autism diagnosis journey, started earlier this month.

To make sure the story is authentic, EastEnders has been working with the National Autistic Society.

Jon Sen, EastEnders Executive Producer, said recently: “EastEnders has a history of doing ground-breaking stories that resonate with the nation. When Mick and Linda start to worry about Ollie’s behaviour, they face various challenges as they search for the answers necessary to help their son.

“EastEnders has been privileged to work closely with the National Autistic Society to accurately depict the pressure and struggles that can be felt by parents as they begin this journey.”

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Danny is hugely looking forward to his big new BBC1 show The Wall

Meanwhile, in his chat with The Sun, Danny also spoke about his big new BBC1 gameshow The Wall.

“I’ve got my own game show! I’m excited about that, it’s really exciting, it’s a really good game. We start filming in September, but I’ve done a pilot for it, I loved it, I buzzed off it!

“It’s something for the whole family, it’s a proper Saturday night thing.”

EastEnders continues on BBC1.

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