Danny Dyer: 'To take over the Vic on Christmas Day, it's like the perfect marriage'
The cockney tough guy will join Albert Square at Christmas as new landlord Mick Carter, with Ali G In Da House star Kellie Bright as his wife Linda.
Danny, who had previously been in talks to join EastEnders, told Total Film magazine: "It's like the perfect marriage. To take over The Queen Vic on Christmas Day, to be on primetime TV on the BBC's flagship show... I want to show people what I can do."
The 36-year-old star known for playing gangsters and hardmen in film such as The Football Factory and The Business, and fronting documentary series Danny Dyer's Deadliest Men - admits his acting career had taken a bit of a downward spiral of late. But Danny is feeling positive that things are on the up, and is even hoping for a knighthood.
Danny said: "Back in the Eighties Michael Caine was known for making terrible films and now he's been knighted. I can hope!"
Danny's last film, farce Run For Your Wife, took just £602 at the box office in its opening weekend earlier this year.
He said: "I did too many people favours. I realised, 'F***ing hell, I'm becoming a bit of a joke here.' I'm my own worst enemy. I don't blame anyone but myself."