Danny Dyer is in talks for a contract extension that will see Mick Carter remain on the soap until at least May 2018.
Dyer has played the role of pub landlord Mick Carter since 2013 when he arrived in time for Christmas with the reveal that the Carter family – the relatives of established regular Shirley – had bought the Queen Vic.
Since Dyer’s arrival on the show, Mick has dealt with his son Johnny coming out as gay, the rape of his wife Linda at the hands of his brother Dean, and the reveal that Shirley – who he always believed to be his older sister – is actually his mother.
The character of Mick Carter, a sensitive family man, has been a hit with EastEnders viewers, winning Dyer a National Television Award for “Best Serial Drama Performance” in 2015.
According to the Sunday Mirror, Dyer is already in contract negotiations to prolong his stay on Albert Square. A source told the newspaper: “It’s a little while off, but of course these things are planned a fair way in advance because of the way the show is filmed. Danny is so popular it’s a no-brainer.
“He’s very much in the plan for the show going forwards and he’s said himself how much he enjoys it. It’s been a great casting so far and everyone wants it to continue – especially the fans.”
Dyer recently appeared in the opening episode of the newest series of Who Do You Think You Are?, where he learnt he was a direct descendant of the controversial Henry VIII advisor Thomas Cromwell. Through the line of Cromwell’s son Gregory’s wife Elizabeth Seymour, Dyer also discovered he is descended directly from King Edward III.
Will Dyer use his new royal credentials to secure a better deal with EastEnders? We wouldn’t be surprised if he gave it a try.