Danny Dyer has spoken candidly about leaving EastEnders, admitting that he ‘didn’t know’ who he was playing any longer.
In his reflections on his time in Albert Square, the actor who played Mick Carter in the BBC One soap opera admitted that Mick Carter had “lost his way,” a sentiment that has been shared by many over the past few years.
Viewers are aware that Mick moved to Walford in 2013 along with his wife Linda (Kellie Bright) and their children. Fans praised the happy couple’s earlier storylines and their initial tenure as landlords of the Vic as a breath of fresh air.
The Carters, however, would eventually change as a result of a number of typical soap opera tropes and out-of-character storylines, including upsetting affairs and the loss of loved ones, which caused Mick and Linda, who were high school sweethearts, to be torn apart.
Star Danny reflected on his later storylines to The Sun, saying, “I didn’t quite know who I was playing anymore.” It was a peculiar thing,
On Christmas Day of last year, the 45-year-final old’s episode of EastEnders aired, with Mick disappearing at sea while attempting to save his beloved Linda, unaware that she had already reached safety.
The well-known actor explained why he left and added that in recent years, he has frequently been informed by people that they no longer watch EastEnders.
“You still in that EastEnders?” was the only response I received over the past few years. I no longer watch it. That was always the issue.
“When I first started working here, there were about seven or eight million viewers. Of course, now that streaming services and other things are available, a lot fewer people still watch it.”
“You still in that?” and other questions of that nature were common. It was more so that people stopped watching it.”
Despite going through some difficult years, EastEnders is now back where it belongs after having a fantastic few months under the leadership of new boss Chris Clenshaw.
With an astounding 366 million streams in 2022, the BBC One soap opera even had its best-ever year on BBC iPlayer and is once more must-see television.
In addition, Danny expressed his gratitude for the years he spent on EastEnders and hinted that Mick might return in a few years, much like Harold Bishop, a legendary Neighbours actor.
They left it open, so I might show up in three years covered in seaweed, he said in conclusion.
One can always dream!
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