Danny Dyer: 'I'm Bringing Frank Butcher Back To EastEnders'

EastEnders' newbie Danny Dyer says he's bringing back the spirit of Frank Butcher in his character Mick Carter when he arrives in Albert Square on Christmas Day.

The actor says he'll be channeling the late Mike Reid's legendary wheeler and dealer because he was a 'real EastEnder'.

Danny Dyer

“He was my favourite character. I just love everything about him. He was a real East Londoner. He had a presence about him.”

Danny's character Mick makes his debut on the BBC soap behind the bar of the Queen Vic after current landlords Alfie and Kat Moon get the boot.

He's joined by the rest of his family, wife Linda (Kellie Bright), son Johnny (Sam Strike), daughter Nancy (Maddy Hill) and sister Shirley (Linda Henry).

Danny Dyer as Mick Carter (centre) with the rest of the Carter clan

And Danny - who is a real EastEnder himself - says he'll be using his own real life experiences when he plays Mick.

He also revealed that his first day on set was like being the new boy at school.

“On my first day I queued up to get my lunch but obviously I don’t know anyone, so I had to sit on my own," he said. "A couple of them did come over out of pity, but it was horrible. Nice bit of chilli though!”

Viewers will see "opinionated" and "curmudgeonly" Stan Carter arrive in Walford in January.

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