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Danny Dyer Forced To Take A Break From 'EastEnders' Over Drinking Concerns


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Danny Dyer has reportedly been forced to take a break for a “number of weeks” from the set of ‘Eastenders’, after producers told him he needed to “sort his life out” following a reputed string of drunken benders.

Sources told The Sun on Thursday (February 16th) that the 39 year old actor, who plays The Queen Vic’s landlord Mick Carter, had sparked concern among the BBC soap’s producers when he fell off the wagon at last month’s National Television Awards, in his battle to quit drinking.

Danny DyerDanny Dyer pictured in May 2016

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Former Blue Member Lee Ryan Joining 'EastEnders'


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Former Blue singer Lee Ryan is set to join ‘Eastenders’ in a role as new bad boy ‘Woody’ Woodward, with the BBC soap promising he will “ruffle feathers and break hearts” in Albert Square.

He’s the second former member of early noughties boyband Blue to land a role on a British soap, with bandmate Duncan James joining the cast of Channel 4’s ‘Hollyoaks’ in August 2016.

Lee RyanLee Ryan is joining the cast of 'EastEnders' later in spring 2017

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Spoiler! Is This How Ronnie And Roxy Mitchell Will Be Leaving 'Eastenders'?


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Last month ‘Eastenders’ stars Samantha Womack and Rita Simons confirmed they would be leaving the BBC soap after 10 years playing sisters Ronnie and Roxy Mitchell. Fans had hoped that the twosome would be saying a ‘see you later’ rather than a ‘goodbye forever’, but according to The Sun, the Mitchell sisters are set to be gone for good.

Rita Simons and Samantha WomackRita Simons and soap sister Samantha Womack

A source told the newspaper that the sisters are to die in an explosive storyline during the soap’s New Year’s Eve special. The decision is said to have infuriated the cast, who are complaining that they were not consulted.

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Samantha Womack Thanks Her Fans After Announcing 'EastEnders' Exit


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Samantha Womack has sent her heartfelt thanks to her fans after she revealed at the weekend that she’s to step down from her role in ‘Eastenders’ after nearly a decade.

The 43 year old British actress has held down the role of Ronnie Mitchell since 2007, with a brief break, and the news means that she’s set to leave Albert Square early next year, having played the character almost exactly ten years, in a reportedly explosive plot-line devised by the BBC soap’s new head Sean O’Connor.

Samantha WomackSamantha Womack at the Pride of Britain Awards 2015

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Samantha Womack Quits 'Eastenders' After Nearly 10 Years


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Samantha Womack is leaving ‘Eastenders’ after nearly a decade on the BBC soap playing Ronnie Mitchell. According to The Sun, bosses have offered the actress the chance to go out with a bang in a dramatic exit storyline early next year.

Samantha WomackSamantha Womack is leaving ‘Eastenders’ after nearly 10 years as Ronnie Mitchell

Sources told the newspaper that the actress “jumped at the chance” to bow out of the show in a big way. “It was felt that with everything Ronnie has been through over the past nine years, it is now time to rest the character,” an insider said.

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Ben Champniss - The cast of 'Eastenders' are seen outside Elstree Studios in Borehamwood at borehamwood - Borehamwood, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom - Tuesday 16th February 2016

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Eastenders and Ben Champniss
Eastenders, Maddy Hill and Himesh Patel
Eastenders, Maddy Hill and Himesh Patel
Eastenders, Maddy Hill and Himesh Patel
Eastenders, Maddy Hill and Himesh Patel

Eastenders, Perry Fenwick , Steve Mcfadden - 2016 National Television Awards (NTA) held at the O2 Arena - Winners at National Television Awards - London, United Kingdom - Wednesday 20th January 2016

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Eastenders, Perry Fenwick and Steve Mcfadden
Eastenders, Perry Fenwick and Steve Mcfadden

Danny Dyer Reveals He Was Almost Broke Before 'EastEnders' Role


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He was one of the most ubiquitous faces of British film and television during the mid-noughties, but Danny Dyer has revealed the “desperate” financial situation he was in before the BBC offered him a part on ‘Eastenders’ in 2013.

The 38 year old actor, who plays the pub landlord Mick Carter on the long-running soap, appeared on ‘The Jonathan Ross Show’ this week and revealed that he was on the verge of financial meltdown when he was offered the part.

Danny DyerDanny Dyer with fellow 'EastEnders' stars Maddy Hill (l) and Kellie Bright (r)

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'EastEnders' Becomes First British Soap Opera To Cast A Transgender Actor


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The BBC has made a piece of television history by becoming the first British station to cast a transgender actor in a transgender role in a soap opera. The long-running ‘Eastenders’ has cast 21 year old Riley Carter Millington in the role of Kyle, who will hit screens later in October with a view to becoming a regular character by the end of 2015.

While this is not the first time that a transgender character has appeared in a British, it does represent the first time that a transgender actor will portray a transgender character.

EastEndersAlbert Square will be getting a transgender character later this month

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Jamie Borthwick and Harry Reid - Jamie Northwick and Harry Reid seen grabbing some lunch on a break from filming 'Eastenders'. - London, United Kingdom - Friday 20th February 2015

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Eastenders, Jamie Borthwick and Harry Reid
Eastenders, Jamie Borthwick and Harry Reid
Eastenders, Jamie Borthwick and Harry Reid
Eastenders, Jamie Borthwick and Harry Reid
Eastenders, Jamie Borthwick and Harry Reid

Danny Dyer Auditioned For 'Game Of Thrones'. Three Times.


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It may be a vehicle for a great deal of British acting talent, but ‘Game of Thrones’ is apparently unwilling to accommodate Danny Dyer. The ‘Eastenders’ star has apparently auditioned for the HBO smash series on three separate occasions, only to be rejected.

Dyer revealed during a recording of ITV’s ‘Jonathan Ross Show’ “I’ve been up for it three times, I got three knockbacks”. Dame Diana Rigg, another guest on Ross’ show and who plays Lady Olenna Tyrell in ‘Game of Thrones’, said “I’ll put in a word for you as long as you lose the cockney accent.”

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Danny Dyer, pictured with 'Eastenders' co-star Kellie Bright, auditioned for 'Game of Thrones' three times

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Eastenders Actor John Bardon - Jim Branning - Dies Aged 75


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Eastenders actor John Bardon, who played Dot Branning's husband Jim, has died aged 75. Bardon suffered a stroke seven years ago and was forced to reduce his appearances on the BBC One soap opera.

John BardonJohn Bardon played Jim Branning on 'Eastenders' [Getty/Bruno VIncent]

June Brown, who played John's on-screen wife Dot, said: "I shall miss him very much and shall always love him dearly."

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Jacqueline Jossa And Dan Osbourne Expecting Baby


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The pitter patter of tiny feet is heading to Albert Square as Jacqueline Jossa, better known as Laura Branning, has announced she is expecting a baby with her on/off boyfriend Dan Osbourne.

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Osbourne and Jossa pictured together on a night out

The pair made the announcement through their spokesperson, and said "We're thrilled by our news." This is Jossa's first child, although Osbourne's ex-girlfriend Megan gave birth to their baby boy, Teddy, eight months ago. 

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Ben Hardy - The cast of Eastenders leave Elstree studios on the way to lunch - London, United Kingdom - Friday 20th June 2014

Eastenders and Ben Hardy
Eastenders and Maddy Hill
Eastenders and Maddy Hill
Eastenders and Maddy Hill
Eastenders and Maddy Hill
Eastenders and Ben Hardy

Rakhee Thakrar and Himesh Patel - The cast of Eastenders attend the funeral of Lucy Beale - London, United Kingdom - Monday 14th April 2014

Eastenders, Rakhee Thakrar and Himesh Patel
Eastenders, Rakhee Thakrar and Himesh Patel
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