Everyone’s favourite cockney actor Danny Dyer, has opened up about a moving letter he received after being cast in BBC’s EastEnders back in 2013. If being told he would be appearing as the latest landlord to run the iconic Queen Vic pub wasn’t good enough, he also gained something else rather special, too.
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After it was announced that he and on-screen wife Linda Carter (played by Kellie Bright) would be moving to Walford, he knew he had some big shoes to fill.
Dame Barbara Windsor has long been associated with the Queen Vic and her iconic catchphrase “Get outta my pub!” will resound in the ears of fans for many more years to come.
But since her departure from the soap in 2016, in upsetting scenes that saw the infamous character take her own life after being diagnosed with terminal cancer, we’ve come to love the Carter’s and all their baggage.
Now, Danny has opened up about a secret exchange he had with Barbara, who wrote him a touching letter as he took over her old stomping ground.
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Appearing on Secrets From The Square alongside Kellie, Stacey Dooley quizzed the pair about their time on the show.
And boy, have they had one hell of a ride.
While he gave Stacey a tour of the renowned boozer, Danny spoke about how he felt when he received Barbara’s note.
“When I got the part – and I’d never met her – she sent me a postcard giving me her blessing that I could have [the Queen Vic],” he recalled.
She said of Mick: “What they’ve done is they’ve created this character that reminds me of my granddad or my uncle.
“He’s old school. He loves his wife. He treats her like every woman wants to be treated.
She continued: “You get women saying, ‘If only I was married to Mick Carter’. I’m happy that he’s got the Vic.”
The Walford legend also admitted she was “nervous” of filming with Danny for the first time.