Danny Dyer left EastEnders after nine years on the soap opera after apparently signing up for a new drama series with Sky for a six-figure sum.
The actor, 44, who has played the character of Mick Carter in the popular BBC soap opera since 2013, has signed a new deal with the satellite channel, according to The Mirror.
A spokesperson for the BBC show has confirmed that Danny will be leaving Walford later this year, but insisted there will be even more drama in store for Mick ahead of his release.
Moving on: Danny Dyer left EastEnders after nine years on the soap opera after apparently signing up for a new drama series with Sky for a six-figure sum
The spokesperson said: “Danny will be leaving EastEnders at the end of his contract later this year.
“Danny has made Mick Carter an iconic character we will always be grateful for, but we won’t be saying goodbye just yet as there is still some time – and a lot of explosive drama for Mick – to come before he does.” leaves Walford. ‘
A friend of Danny said: “Danny loves EastEnders, but as an actor he thinks the time is right to explore other roles.
“He’s incredibly grateful for the show and the opportunities it has given him and it wasn’t a decision he took lightly, but after playing Mick for almost nine years, he thinks he it’s time to give Mick’s character some rest. “
Longtime character: The actor, 44, has played the character of Mick Carter on the popular BBC soap opera since 2013
“He doesn’t know how they’re going to write it yet, but he hopes they’ll leave the door open for Mick.”
A source from EastEnders added, “Danny made the decision a while ago to quit the show this year, which gave the bosses plenty of time to plan a huge script for him.
“With Kellie back very soon, the Carter’s are going to be at the heart of a big drama this year.”
While the deal falls short of his alleged £ 1million ‘gold handcuff’ deal with the BBC, it is believed to open the door to new lucrative opportunities.
Opportunities: Although the deal falls short of its alleged £ 1million ‘gold handcuffs’ deal with the BBC, it is believed to open the door to new lucrative opportunities
Along with his alleged new Sky project, Danny is set to star in a short film directed by a 17-year-old in an effort to raise funds for mental health charities.
Stepping Stone is written, directed and produced by beginning filmmaker Noah Caplan, who was inspired to start working on the project when his younger sister suffered a life-threatening accident.
The 30-minute film, which is now completed, follows four characters from different backgrounds suffering from issues such as domestic violence, alcoholism and anxiety.
Outreach: Danny to star in short film directed by 17-year-old Noah Caplan to raise money for mental health charities
It aims to emphasize how the first step in getting help is to talk to someone.
Alongside EastEnders actor Danny, the film also stars Noah, David ‘Sideman’ Whitely and Georgia Moncur, while Cush Berlyn plays the role of an advisor.
Stepping Stone is described as a project to “break down the negative stigma surrounding mental health and raise awareness of such a prevalent problem in the world.”
Star Power: Stepping Stone is written, directed and produced by beginning filmmaker Noah, who worked on the project when his younger sister suffered a life-threatening accident.
It’s slated for release in early 2022 and was created to support Calm and other mental health charities.
Danny said, “The power of this thing (the spirit) is a crazy old thing, so we have to deal with it.”
Speaking about Noah, he added, “I was very, very impressed. Barely 17. The fact that he has his shit together like he did and got it all organized is pretty amazing. I really had fun. It was a pleasure. ‘
Noah said: “It has been an absolute honor to work on this film with Danny Dyer and this fantastic crew.
“This is an exciting project that I have been working on since my sister got involved and survived a tragic accident and I have seen the effect it has had on me and everyone around me.
“I’m so grateful that this experience has led me to give back to the world, through the power of film. “
He added: “Mental health is something very close to my heart and I hope this film can help other people.
“As a family, mental health has always been an open discussion, and I want to help bring that conversation to many other homes and friendship groups.
“With this film, we hope to put the subject in the spotlight, using familiar faces and extravagant storytelling. My goal is to make mental health an open discussion.
Important Topics: The 30-minute film, which is now complete, follows four characters from different backgrounds suffering from issues such as domestic violence and alcoholism