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Danny Dyer: 'Benedict Cumberbatch Is A Posh Boy Playing Posh Boys'

26/03/2014 16:17 | Updated 26 March 2014

'EastEnders' actor Danny Dyer has spoken out about the snobbery that exists within the entertainment business and singled out 'Sherlock' star Benedict Cumberbatch as someone who is taken seriously because of his background.

The actor - who plays Queen Vic landlord Mick Carter in the BBC soap - also revealed that he struggles to play the 'showbiz game'.

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Danny Dyer

He told Woman magazine: "You've got actors like Benedict Cumberbatch - a great actor, but he's a posh boy playing posh boys. He does it well, and he doesn't get mocked for that.

"I play working class people, and I get mocked for it. I'm stereotyped, he's not. I've done plays at the National Theatre, come off stage and gone into the bar and I ain't got nothing in common with those people.

"When it comes to playing the game, I'm rubbish. The middle-class actors are better prepped at working the system, because they've got more in common with the decision makers."

The 36-year-old also revealed he was even asked to tone down his comments on Twitter by Beeb bosses after landing his role in 'EastEnders'.

Danny Dyer in EastEnders

"I sat down with the producers of EastEnders and the Twitter thing was one of their main worries," he said. "But they have to understand that they've brought me into the show for my brand and there's a side effect of that."

"They're taking a risk with me and that's what's going to make it exciting. It's tough landing as high profile [a job] as EastEnders because I have to be me but dumbed down, and I don't do that very well," he added.

Meanwhile, Danny has made the shortlist for this year's British Soap Awards. He's been nominated in the Best Actor and Sexiest Male categories.

Benedict Cumberbatch

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