Danny Dyer cast as EastEnders’ new Queen Vic landlord

Dyer's character is described as a 'bloke's bloke but also a big softie'

Danny Dyer has finally joined the cast of EastEnders.

The likeable wideboy will play the new landlord of the soap’s famous public house The Queen Vic, the BBC has announced. His character Mick Carter is the estranged brother of a current EastEnders character, ballsy middle-aged blonde Shirley Carter played by Linda Henry.

Dyer’s Mick Carter will be joined behind the bar by wife Linda, played by actress Kellie Bright, best known for her role in classic ITV sitcom The Upper Hand. Dyer and Bright will film their first scenes later this month (October) and make their on-screen debut towards the end of the year.

Describing Dyer’s character, the BBC says: “Mick loves his wife, his kids, his dog, the monarchy… a bit of ‘Land Of Hope And Glory’. He’s a bloke’s bloke but he’s also a big softie, who thinks nothing of throwing on Linda’s pink dressing gown and cooking breakfast for the family in the morning before getting the beer barrels ready downstairs!”

Dyer, who backed out of an earlier deal to join EastEnders in 2009, said in a statement: “I’m so excited about starting a new chapter in my career and I cannot wait to become part of the East End family.” Dyer will also be seen in the new series of Hollyoaks Later which is set to air later this autumn.

Dyer follows in the footsteps of previous Queen Vic landlords and landladies including Barbara Windsor, Ross Kemp, Leslie Grantham and Brian May’s wife Anita Dobson.