Danny Dyer will be leaving EastEnders at the end of his contact (Picture: BBC / Kieron McCarron/Jack Barnes)
Danny Dyer has reportedly quit EastEnders after signing up to an ongoing drama on Sky.
According to reports from The Mirror, the actor was offered a ‘six-figure deal’ for the upcoming drama, which will mean he is leaving EastEnders once his contract is up.
A spokesperson for EastEnders confirmed Danny was leaving, telling Metro.co.uk: ‘Danny will be leaving EastEnders when his contract comes to an end later this year.
‘Danny has made Mick Carter an iconic character which we shall always be grateful for, however we won’t be saying goodbye just yet as there’s still quite some time – and plenty of explosive drama for Mick – to come before he departs Walford.’
Danny, 44, has played Mick Carter, landlord of the Queen Victoria pub, since December 2013.
However, the actor has now decided to pursue other roles, with a source telling The Mirror: ‘BBC bosses have been desperate to keep him. But he’s been insistent and when Sky approached they gave him an offer he couldn’t refuse. It’s a new chapter for Dan and he’s over the moon.’
The Queen Vic’s landlord is off to pastures new (Picture: BBC / Kieron McCarron/Jack Barnes)
Details of his exit from the show are yet to be revealed, and fans will no doubt be hoping the storyline will be left open for him to potentially return in future.
Viewers have loved seeing Mick and the Carter family take over the Queen Victoria pub, but the past seven years have not been plain sailing for them all.
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Mick was seen reliving his childhood abuse while wife Linda (Kellie Bright) had a harrowing alcoholism storyline, and most recently gave birth to Max Branning’s (Jake Wood) baby after a one-night stand when the couple were going through a rough patch.
As well as his work on EastEnders, Danny also hosts his own gameshow The Wall and has appeared in several other projects over recent years.
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