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EastEnders executives have confirmed Danny Dyer will leave the soap later this year.
The Mean Machine actor, who has played Queen Vic landlord Mick Carter since December 2013, will leave the soap once his contract expires later this year.
BBC officials confirmed reports of his exit on Sunday and teased that Dyer will be involved in "plenty of explosive drama" before he leaves the show.
"Danny will be leaving EastEnders when his contract comes to an end later this year," said a spokesperson for the soap. "Danny has made Mick Carter an iconic character, which we shall always be grateful for, however we won't be saying goodbye just yet as there's still quite some time - and plenty of explosive drama for Mick - to come before he departs Walford."
They did not reveal when his final episode will air.
The news was first reported by the Sunday Mirror, with reporters claiming that he is leaving to appear in a drama for Sky after bosses at the broadcaster "gave him an offer he couldn't refuse". The EastEnders spokesperson didn't comment on the rumoured Sky deal but insisted they never blocked Dyer, 44, from working on other projects.
Carter has been a fan favourite character over the past eight years and many viewers took to social media to express their disappointment at the news.
Dyer won the Serial Drama Performance prize at the National Television Awards in 2015, 2016 and 2019 for his role.