Danny Dyer is reportedly taking an extended break from EastEnders and his character Mick Carter to 'sort his life out'
The actor, who plays pub landlord Mick Carter in the BBC1 soap, is said to have been urged by show bosses to take time away from the set to ‘sort his life out’.
An insider told the Sun newspaper that the 39-year-old is ‘not filming on the show at all’ and the ‘enforced break is expected to last a number of weeks’.
Former co-star John Partridge, who appeared in EastEnders as Christian Clarke from 2008 until 2012, told ITV’s Good Morning Britain: “I’m sure he’s under enormous pressure, but I’m sure he has a great response from people in the street.
“I only ever had – from the white van man to the 83-year-old gran – I only had a very positive response.
“I know some people in EastEnders don’t necessarily have that, but I’m sure everybody loves Danny.”
He told GMB hosts Charlotte Hawkins and Ranvir Singh: “But it is relentless, the schedule there can be relentless, and I should imagine if he has got any problems, or anything like that, to try and deal with life outside of that – when you’re there 12, 13, or 15, 16 hours a day sometimes – that can be difficult.”
Danny joined the Walford-based soap in 2013 and proved a popular addition, having remained behind the bar at the Queen Victoria pub ever since.
He has won two National Television Awards for Serial Drama Performance for his role as family man Mick, opposite on-screen wife Linda Carter, played by Kellie Bright.
Prior to EastEnders, Danny was best known for appearing in British films such as 24 Hour Party People and The Football Factory, as well as fronting his own TV series, Danny Dyer’s Deadliest Men.
The actor recently made headlines when he discovered that he is descended from the likes of William the Conqueror, Edward III and Thomas Cromwell in an episode of the BBC’s Who Do You Think You Are?
Representatives for Danny and EastEnders have been contacted by the Press Association.