Danny Dyer to take a break from EastEnders
Danny Dyer will take a break from EastEnders later this year.
Bosses have agreed to give the Mick Carter actor time off to spend time with his family after working non-stop since his arrival in Walford in 2013. His on-screen partner Kellie Bright, who portrays Linda Carter, is also currently on a break from the soap after welcoming a baby boy late last year.
An EastEnders spokesperson told BANG Showbiz: “Danny is on a short break from EastEnders. This was not enforced by bosses nor has he quit the show.”
It’s not clear when Mick will be off screens but the break may coincide with the departure of Mick’s son Lee, played by Danny-Boy Hatchard, later this month. The troubled Lee is expected to depart Walford in the next few weeks after an agonising struggle with depression and debt.
Dyer’s portrayal of pub landlord Mick Carter has made him a firm favourite amongst fans of the soap. In the years since his arrival, Mick has accepted his son Johnny as gay, protected and defended his wife Linda after she revealed she had been raped by Mick’s brother Dean, and discovered that his Aunt Shirley was really his mother.
The storyline for Mick’s departure is being kept under wraps for now but could relate to the Carters’ ongoing financial troubles.
In recent weeks, the Carters have been plagued by a financial crisis that could seriously see their time at The Queen Vic come to a premature end. Dealing with Lee’s debts, Linda’s mother Elaine’s expensive medical bills and Babe’s meddling has left Mick and the family in a desperate position. Could the Carters reign over soap’s most iconic pub be over?