They’ve had their fair share of ups and downs but actors Danny Dyer and Jo Mas are as strong as ever these days.
However, as Danny prepares to leave East-Enders after nine years as Queen Vic’s host Mick Carter, his childhood sweetheart hopes he won’t lounge on the sofa all day.
“Not necessarily!” Jo’s dad laughed when asked if she was excited about having her husband around more.
She then continued that naughty joke with a knockdown, declaring, “For me, confinement is more than enough.”
Jo, 45, says she wants to help Danny find a hobby to keep him from being bothered by her.
“Maybe he could go and build a model train or something out of Lego,” she giggled.
When told Danny, 44, would do well with Lego icon David Beckham – who loves Lego – she added: “I wish he was David Beckham!”
But Jo didn’t need to worry too much. In fact, Danny looks like he’ll be busy leaving Albert Square later this year.
While he is said to have dropped out of game show The Wall, a Sky TV deal beckons.
And he told Sunday People about his new E4 travel show with his daughter Dani, 26 – and how it will tackle mental health.
Danny said: “We are on a spiritual journey. It’s more about finding different places and taking control of our mental health. We’re going to the monastery and things like that.
“It was me taking her on a little journey to try and discover more about spirituality, really.
“That is the premise. We will shoot in August and we will also go to Italy and some other places.
“We’re not going to France, but maybe Greece.”
Danny, who has a podcast with Love Island star Dani, thinks their show will be “deeper” than ITV’s Breaking Dad – where actor and quiz show host Bradley Walsh stumbles with his kids Barney’s son.
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Danny continued: “Our show is going to be a little deeper than that. I’ve seen a bit of that, but our show is more about the father-daughter dynamic, so I assume it’s similar.
“Our podcast is doing well and Dani and I have a close relationship and I think people are pretty excited about our relationship. She has grown with me as a person.”
Danny is speaking at the second season premiere of conspiracy drama The Flight Attendant in London.
He wasn’t on that show, but the post-EastEnders work was on his mind.
He plans to return to the West End stage, rising to prominence through a ticketed run with Martin Freeman in Harold Pinter’s The Dumb Waiter in 2019.
Danny explains: “I might be doing something in January in the West End. I really look forward to it.
“We did Pinter shows and it was great. It was sold out every night. I did it with Martin Freeman.
“We’re so different but we’ve closed the Pinter season, and there’s nothing more exciting than that, so I’m looking forward to coming back.”
Meanwhile, Danny and Jo are working together to support their family life and are helping their second daughter, Sunnie, pursue her career goals in the limelight.
She joined them at the London premiere and Danny proudly announced: “She’s going to be the biggest star of us all. I will tell you that right now. She is only 15 years old but she is the most talented by far. ”
Without filming, Danny worries about the impact any new pandemic might have on the nation’s health, especially for men.
“We are living in a very, very strange time,” he said. It has been difficult no matter what age you are and no matter what class you belong to. It has been difficult.
“I still can’t see it over. I mean now they’re talking about monkeypox. Wave after wave of bad news. It’s just madness.
“Things have been canceled for the past few years and now we’re going back, but that doesn’t mean you’re not happy with what’s turned out as we’ve all gathered other routines. each other, you know, socially, and we’re all more influenced by our own brains.
“That’s why we need to start expressing ourselves more and start talking. Men are difficult to talk to.
“I do not know why. I mean, I was raised by women, strong women in London’s East End, so we talked a lot.
“And just as you get older, your brain starts to attack you more, so it’s good to talk.”
Danny and Jo met at school and started dating in 1992. They married in 2016 and two daughters have a son, Arty, nine years old.
In January 2020, Jo revealed her plans to renew her wedding vows after claiming she had been “dealing with bad things” throughout their marriage.
In 2009, the couple broke up shortly after the affair was discovered and Danny was afraid of losing Jo.
He said at the time: ‘I’ve done a lot of things that I regret. I went up many times.
“Last year, I had so much fun with my girl. I was made to do something I shouldn’t have done. I hate myself for what I did.”
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Danny also expressed gratitude to Jo on his podcast, Sorted With The Dyers, for giving up her own dream to let him pursue an acting career.
“The idea of one partner sacrificing a potential career to let the other roll and roll the dice and freehand, and fly,” he said. She allowed it. She sacrificed a lot for me.
“The idea that I was going to be an actor, coming from where I came from, I didn’t have a chance.”
Danny has become one of Britain’s most successful actors since filming to rise to fame as a music-crazed club man in 1999’s Human Traffic.
He also appeared in 2001’s Mean Machine and 2004’s The Football Factory, and took on the role of EastEnders’ crafty Mick ‘Cockney’ Mick in 2013.
And, rest assured, we haven’t seen the last of him yet.
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