7 things you didn’t know about EastEnders’ Danny Dyer, AKA Mick Carter

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, and it’s hard to imagine the Queen Vic without him pulling pints at the bar.

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

Here’s 7 things you didn’t know about Danny Dyer…

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 ok.co.uk, “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 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 last year, 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

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 on 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. He 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.”

7. He’s related to royalty 

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

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.

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

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