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Who is Danny Dyer, why has he quit EastEnders, what tattoos does he have and how is he related to Prince William?


Some of Danny's most memorable appearances include roles in The Football Factory, The Business and Doghouse

SOAP fans are probably familiar with Danny Dyer as Queen Vic landlord Mick Carter on Eastenders.

But the British film favourite, 39, has featured in numerous other television and film roles, in a career spanning over two decades.


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Soap fans will be familiar with Danny as Mick Carter on Eastenders

How did Danny Dyer get into acting?

Danny was discovered by an agent who auditioned him for the part of Martin Fletcher in the Granada Television series Prime Suspect 3 in 1993 and began his acting career at the tender age of 16.

Since then, other TV jobs have included roles in Cadfael, A Touch of Frost, Loved Up, Thief Takers, Soldier Soldier, Casualty, Hollyoaks Later and Skins – as well as enjoying a hugely successful film career.

Why is Danny Dyer leaving Eastenders?

On February 16, 2017 The Sun Online exclusively reported that Danny Dyer had been forced to quit the soap in order to “sort his life out”.

Te 39-year-old actor — Queen Vic landlord Mick Carter in the BBC series — has stopped filming after talks with show bosses.

He expected to be away from filming for a number of weeks.

This follows reports that Danny fell off wagon at the National Television Awards after trying to quit booze in the new year.

An insider said: “It was clear to onlookers he appeared very drunk at the NTAs. It is best that he takes some time out to sort his life out. He appears to be exhausted.

“As a result, Danny is not filming on the show at all. There is an enforced break that is expected to last a number of weeks.

“At the end of the day, he remains the biggest star of the show — so everyone is determined to get him back to his best.”

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Danny has appeared in many hit British films

What is Danny Dyer’s background?

Born in Canning Town, east London in 1977, Danny, who is an avid West Ham United fan, now lives in Essex with his wife Jo Mas and daughters Dani and Sunnie, as well as son Arty.

Some of his most memorable appearances include roles in The Football Factory, The Business and Doghouse.

When did Danny appear on Who Do You Think You Are?

Danny featured on the BBC series Who Do You Think You Are? in 2016.

Astonishingly, on the show it was revealed that the Brit film ‘bad-boy’ has blue blood.

The programme, which was possibly the most entertaining viewing of that year, found that Danny was related to not just one British King – but two.

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BBC show Who Do You Think You Are? finds that Danny could be related to two British kings

Viewers couldn’t believe it as it was revealed that Danny’s blood has links to both William the Conqueror and Edward III.

Experts also found links to an English Civil War Cavalier colonel and a present-day lord – who then invites Danny to his castle for a cuppa.

As well as a set of relatives from working-class areas of London, researchers also discovered a blood link with Thomas Cromwell, an English lawyer who was chief minister to King Henry VIII.

Danny Dyer finds out he is descended from royalty on Who Do You Think

Is Danny Dyer related to Prince William?

At the 2017 BAFTAs Stephen Fry couldn’t resist jokingly mocking Prince William about being related to EastEnders star Danny Dyer.

While the show Who Do You Think You Are? revealed blue blood in Danny's history, it doesn't necessarily mean his is related to the Prince, and he's certainly not any close relation.

Although the news of royal ancestry does make it more likely that there are links between them.

Prince William mocked at BAFTA 2017 awards for being related to Danny Dyer

What tattoos does Danny Dyer have?

From what we can work out after hours of studying topless pics of the star - someone's got to do it right? - Danny has two tattoos.

The first is on his hand and it is a series of Thai symbols which are thought to be of his name.

He also tweeted a picture of a shoulder tattoo back in 2013 with the caption: "Have a pipe at my tattoo."

This appears to be of a black and white rose.


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