DANNY Dyer has quit EastEnders – but the drama is far from over, the soap has insisted.
The BBC said tonight an “explosive” storyline is in the works for his character Mick Carter before his shock exit.
EastEnders’ Mick and Linda Carter will be reunited on screen this year[/caption]
It has been revealed that Danny is leaving the soap – and will take a new role in a drama for Sky.
However, before he goes Mick’s wife Linda, who has bowed out after actress Kellie Bright went on maternity leave, is making a huge return this year.
And viewers can look forward to many more dramatic scenes with the pair before Danny’s departure.
A spokesperson for the soap explained tonight: “Danny will be leaving EastEnders when his contract comes to an end later this year.
“Danny has made Mick Carter an iconic character which we shall always be grateful for.
“However we won’t be saying goodbye just yet as there’s still quite some time – and plenty of explosive drama for Mick – to come before he departs Walford.”
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While Danny told soap bosses about his plans to leave, the exact nature of his exit storyline has not been decided.
Regardless, he is keen for writers to leave things open for him to return – ruling out the possibility of the much-loved character dying.
A friend of the star said “Danny loves EastEnders but as an actor he feels the time is right to explore other roles.
“He’s incredibly grateful to the show and the opportunities it has given him and it wasn’t a decision he took lightly but after playing Mick for nearly 9 years he feels it’s time to give the character of Mick a rest.
“He’s not sure how they are going to write him out yet but he’s hoping that they leave the door open for Mick.”
A EastEnders source added: “Danny made the decision quite some time ago that he would leave the show this year which has given bosses plenty of time to plan a huge storyline for him.
“With Kellie set to return very soon, the Carters are going to be at the heart of some big drama this year.”
Mick and Linda are set to return to the heart of the drama this year[/caption]
Danny is going to leave Albert Square – reportedly for Sky – later in 2022[/caption]