DANNY Dyer the much loved Eastenders star has decided to leave the soap for good.
The soap star has made the move to a rival drama on Sky after his time on Albert Square made him a household name.
Who is Danny Dyer and how old is he?
Danny Dyer is a 44-year-old actor and soap heartthrob known for making a slew of low-budget gangster movies.
Born in Canning Town, East London in 1977, Danny – who is an avid West Ham United fan – now lives in Essex.
Some of his most memorable projects include The Football Factory, The Business and Doghouse.
Beginning his career at the age of 16, he was discovered by an agent who auditioned him for the part of Martin Fletcher in the Granada Television series Prime Suspect 3 in 1993.
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.
Nowadays though, he's best-known for playing Queen Vic landlord Mick Carter in EastEnders.
When did Danny Dyer join EastEnders and why is he leaving?
In October 2013 the BBC announced Danny would join the popular soap from Christmas 2013.
He made his debut alongside actress Kellie Bright as Mick and Linda Carter.
The father-of-three had previously discussed a role on EastEnders in 2009 but decided against it.
"I quite liked the idea but actually, in reality, I just got cold feet," he said at the time.
"Just from having a meeting, it's all over the newspapers and it gave me the horrors. Imagine if I went in it?"
Danny took a "short break" from the soap in 2017.
The actor who plays Mick has decided to leave the East End for good, to pursue other opportunities.
It is thought that Danny has signed a new contract for a rival drama on Sky in a six-figure deal.
While that is significantly less than he earns at the BBC, he would be free to pursue opportunities outside the Corporation that could see his income rocket.
Is he married with children?
Danny lives in Essex with his wife Jo Mas.
They have been dating since 1992 and married since 2016.
Before Danny hit the big time, Jo was the main breadwinner with a job as a financial adviser.
He has two daughters Dani and Sunnie, as well as son called Arty.
Dani appeared on Survival of the Fittest and won Love Island 2018. Danny and Dani also cohost a Spotify podcast called Sorted with the Dyers.
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What else is Danny Dyer known for?
Danny featured on the BBC series Who Do You Think You Are? in 2016.
Viewers couldn't believe it as it was revealed that Danny’s blood has links to both William the Conqueror and Edward III.
The star has also hosted gameshow The Wall since 2019 – a move which took his BBC salary from £400,000 to a reported £1million.
He also took a six-week break in 2019 to appear in a series of plays paying tribute to his mentor Harold Pinter alongside Martin Freeman.
What is his net worth?
Danny Dyer's net worth is estimated to be around £4 million.
The actor’s wealth was also bolstered by a large salary from his EastEnders work.
It is reported that Danny was the show’s highest earner, bringing in £400,000 a year.
He has since been poached by Sky for an unspecified six-figure sum.
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