Picture: Danny Dyer's new EastEnders clan

Danny Dyer joins his fictional family as they line up in their new manor Albert Square, ahead of moving into the Queen Vic.

The actor, who has been added to the EastEnders cast as pub landlord Mick Carter, is seen fronting the clan and holding on to his dog, whose name has not been announced.

Danny and wife Linda (Kellie Bright) have begun filming their roles and will be seen heading to Walford this Christmas, and will be joined by two of their three children, mummy's boy Johnny and tomboy Nancy.

Johnny - being played by Sam Strike, who has previously appeared in CBBC's MI High - is the first of his family to go to university and EastEnders bosses say he has a secret which puts him at the centre of a family drama.

Sam said: ''I'm really excited to be joining EastEnders and the Carter family. They're all really strong characters and I can't wait to see what EastEnders has planned for us all. I've grown up watching Danny and Kellie, both of whom are lovely, so to be playing their son is kind of surreal."

Nancy is said to be stubborn and fiery, as well as being a caring, loyal friend. She is to be played by Maddy Hill, previously seen in Whitechapel and in stage roles, who said: "I feel incredibly privileged to have been given such an amazing opportunity and I can't wait to start work with such a talented cohort of actors."

The Carter clan is also made up of familiar EastEnders character Shirley and Tina, who arrives on screen next month - both of whom are sisters of Mick.

EastEnders' executive producer Dominic Treadwell-Collins said: "My team have worked incredibly hard over the past few months to create the Carters - a contemporary British family with cracks, knocked edges and a touch of darkness that is going to make them very special to watch. A family of strong characters who love and hate each other, all rooted in the best traditions of EastEnders."


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