Actor and TV presenter Danny Dyer has announced that he has given up drinking to concentrate on his acting career.

The party-loving star – who recently revealed he was quitting TV presenting to show he was taking his acting seriously – was noticeably absent from Virgin Media’s V Festival over the weekend.

“I’m off the booze and I’m really behaving myself,” he said in his column in Zoo Magazine.

“I was invited to the V Festival at the weekend, but I didn’t go, because I knew it would turn into a two-day bender.”

“It’s a powerful thing, the brain, and you need to keep it in check.”

Dyer has just started rehearsals for his new play Kurt and Sid, in which he stars as Sex Pistol Sid Vicious.

He admitted: “I was a bit apprehensive about taking it on at first – it’s a lot of dialogue with just two people on stage – but this is what I’m all about.

“This is the reason I’ve elbowed the TV side of things, because I love acting so much. I’d forgotten how much of a buzz I get from it,” he said.

“It’s got my head in a good place. When you’re doing stuff like this. You don’t get another shot – once you walk out on stage, that’s it.”

The play runs from September 8 – October 3 at London’s