Danny Dyer's 'EastEnders' exit has been confirmed by the BBC.
The 44-year-old actor has played the part of Mick Carter on the soap since 2013, and the broadcaster has revealed there will be "plenty of explosive drama" before he leaves the show later in the year.
A statement explained: "Danny will be leaving 'EastEnders' when his contract comes to an end later this year.
"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."
Danny is set to be "at the heart of some big drama" before he leaves the soap.
A source shared: "Danny made the decision quite some time ago that he would leave the show this year, which has given bosses plenty of time to plan a huge storyline for him."
News of Danny's exit from the soap emerged on Saturday (08.01.21), with insiders claiming that he'd agreed a deal to to star in a Sky drama.
The actor is said to be keen to start a "new chapter" in her career, after almost a decade on the BBC soap.
A source said at the time: "Danny has offers coming in left right and centre, and a lot of the things he has wanted to do he can’t because 'EastEnders' have such strict rules about what he can and can’t do.
"It’s driven him mad at times and he’s now ready for a change. But it hasn’t been easy to walk away, BBC bosses have been desperate to keep him. But he’s been insistent and when Sky approached they gave him an offer he couldn’t refuse.
"It’s a new chapter for Dan and he’s over the moon."
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