We’re not quite sure what’s surprised us more today, the fact that Danny Dyer’s taken a starring role as a drag queen in the new video for Lucy Rose’s track ‘Nebraska’ – from her 2015 album ‘Work It Out’ – or the news that the EastEnders actor and lad about town is a huge fan of the folk singer, calling her a “maestro”.

Speaking to the Independent, Danny explained what made him want to don a sparkly gown and a fetching shade of plum lippy for the video, directed by Christopher McGill. “When I got the treatment through I was overwhelmed,” he said of the vid, which also features cameos from musicians Ghostpoet, Rae Morris and Josef Salvat. “I think it’s such a moving piece of work. I’m beyond proud to be part of it, I’ve always believed that people should be who they wanna be, regardless of race or gender. Freedom of expression is so important – I really hope that this video gets the recognition it deserves.”

The video came about after Danny started following Lucy on Twitter and began tweeting about how much he liked her music. In August of last year she sent him a DM, asking if he’d like to collaborate and he picked the track ‘Nebraska’. After chatting through ideas with the director, Lucy nervously emailed Danny. “The miracle to this story is that almost an hour after I sent over the treatment he replied saying lets do it, I’ve always wanted to be a drag queen,” explained Lucy to the Independent.

And he makes a lovely one at that. “I think most importantly we wanted to make some beautiful and emotive but also tell a story that life can be tough and it doesn’t always go to plan and we all need our own form of escapism,” added Lucy. “This video to me isn’t about Danny being a drag queen but a freedom of expression and a form of escapism.”