Danny Dyer has reportedly quit 'EastEnders'.
The 44-year-old actor has played Mick Carter on the BBC soap since 2013, but he's now decided to walk away from the role to star in a Sky drama.
A source explained: "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."
Danny's deal with Sky is thought to be worth six figures, which is actually less than his golden handcuffs deal with the BBC.
However, the new project is set to create new career opportunities for the actor.
The insider told the Sunday Mirror newspaper: "There’s been a lot of tension about Danny going as he is their No1 star. To say they were upset to see him go is an understatement. But in the end they couldn’t convince him."
Danny's exact departure date is not yet known, but BBC bosses are concerned as he's one of their biggest assets.
By contrast, Danny insisted in 2019 that he didn't have any plans to walk away from the soap.
He said at the time: "Unfortunately, it's not really my decision to make. It's the powers that be.
"As long as they want Mick around, and as long as Mick's involved in storylines that are inspiring and stuff that I really enjoy playing, and I've got my Carter little mob around me, I ain't goin' nowhere, baby!
"It's a great job, very grateful for it! As long as they want me, I'm here!"
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