After nearly a decade playing pub owner Mick Carter, Danny Dyer is leaving EastEnders – and taking a big pay cut to join Sky.
The 44-year-old star has quit his £1m-a-year contract with BBC after being poached by a rival channel for an undisclosed six-figure sum.
But savvy Danny can make millions regardless, by signing big money deals when he releases his BBC contract.
The cockney actor’s first gig after leaving Albert Square will be in a new TV series for Sky.
But with a lot of free time outside of the busy soap filming schedule, Danny has the opportunity to work on many projects and multiply his income.
An insider told The Sun: “When you’re an actor and you’ve been playing a character for almost ten years, of course you’re going to want to go out and try new things.
“But you can’t go and do two shows at the same time.
“The audience metrics and celebrity work at EastEnders is great for them, but if you want to run out of time off and do other things, you can’t just come and go without warning.
“No movie was shot for six months, so that’s why a lot of the big names end up leaving movies.
“How many times have Jessie Wallace, Shane Richie and Steve McFadden said they were leaving, but they always came back.
“Sometimes it’s not that bad for the characters if the actors want some respite, which means they’re rested and ready to come back for bigger storylines.”
Danny’s sudden withdrawal announcement makes him the latest big names to leave the soap in the last 12 months.
He’s following in the footsteps of Maisie Smith, Adam Woodyatt, Jake Wood and Laila Smith, who have left to pursue new opportunities outside of Albert Square.
Like with Danny, the stars leave the door open for them to return in the future.
A source told The Sun yesterday: “Characters come and go. They have to serve the purpose of the plot because it creates more drama in the movie.
“It also gives the actors a chance to focus on other projects before making a fresh return to star in the lead again.
“The timing of the characters leaving and coming back is always a mix between the best times for the cast and the show itself.
“The door will always be open for Danny.”
But his absence will leave big boots to fill, with fears that an exodus in the cast could be sparked by his exit.
A spokesman for the soap said of his departure: “Danny will leave EastEnders when his contract ends at the end of the year.
“Danny made Mick Carter an iconic character we will always be grateful for.
“However, we won’t say goodbye as there is still quite a bit of time – and a lot of explosive drama for Mick – to come before he leaves Walford.”
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