The actor was taking part in an episode of the BBC's ancestry programme 'Who Do You Think You Are?'

Danny Dyer has discovered that he is descended from royalty.

The Eastenders and The Football Factory actor made the discovery while appearing on an episode of the BBC’s ancestry show, Who Do You Think You Are?, where famous faces trace their family tree.

As The Evening Standard reports, Dyer – who hails from Canning Town, east London – found out during filming of his episode that he had royal lineage, with connections dating back to William the Conqueror and Edward III.

“It’s crazy,” Dyer told the Radio Times about the discovery. “But the fact of the matter is that I am a direct descendant of royalty.”

The 39-year-old also found out that he was related to Henry VIII’s advisor, Thomas Cromwell.

“He came from a slum, I come from a slum. Cromwell left the country at 14, I started acting at 14. He was a self-taught lawyer – I’m a self-taught actor.

“Cromwell had two daughters and a son. I’ve got two daughters and a son. Cromwell wrote his last letter to Henry VIII begging for his life, on 24 July, which is my birthday… And I drink in the Anne Boleyn pub.”

Back in January, former boxer Mike Tyson revealed that he would like to make a film with Dyer.

“Danny Dyer, I love him to death,” Tyson said. “He’s cool and I love his movies. I love Danny Dyer. I haven’t seen EastEnders, but I’m familiar with it.”