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13/05/2014 09:38 BST | Updated 13/05/2014 09:59 BST

Is Danny Dyer The Next Benedict Cumberbatch? Actor Says He ‘Has The Talent To Play Sherlock'

Danny Dyer has only been in ‘EastEnders’ for six months, but he’s already been thinking about what other characters he could play, stating that he thinks he could definitely take on the lead role in ‘Sherlock’.

The cockney actor is more used to playing dodgy criminals than crime-fighting detectives, however he still reckons he has what it takes to play Benedict Cumberbatch’s character.

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Danny Dyer and Benedict Cumberbatch

"Any actor would love that role. You can’t go wrong with it,” he told Radio Times. “You’re playing a genius, and the speed of the dialogue... I’m sure it’s a tough gig but it’s every actor’s dream to play that sort of role."

However Danny, who currently stars in ‘EastEnders’ as Mick Carter, does think one thing could prevent him being as successful as Benedict.

"I know I’ve got the talent to do it, but I don’t think they’d want a slightly cockney Sherlock. I think it works better with the articulation [of Cumberbatch],” he added.

The actor also revealed that he was skeptical about watching the hit drama, however like the rest of us, he quickly became hooked.

"I never really entertained it for some reason," Danny said. "Everyone was driving me mad about it and after a time, I decided to have a go on it and I was hooked.

“I love Martin Freeman, I think he’s a really interesting actor and Benedict – it’s just a great part. I think he’s brilliant."

Fans of ‘Sherlock’ are currently waiting for news on the next series, though Martin recently revealed that writers haven't started working on any new episodes, hinting that the whole show may close with a one-off special.

Benedict and Martin are both currently busy working on separate Shakespeare projects which will see them take on the same role.

While Martin will play Richard III on stage at London’s Trafalgar Studios, Benedict is playing the monarch in a BBC television special.

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