Danny Dyer has spoken exclusively with The Big Issue ahead of starring with daughter Dani in a musical adaptation of Nativity! At Christmas, while celebrating five years in EastEnders – just as soon as his character Mick Carter gets out of jail and back to Albert Square.
Dyer said: “I have had a pretty incredible year, to be honest with you. It has been the year of Dani Dyer, not me! My incredible daughter. And I’m not going to lie, it certainly gave my career a boost. It has engulfed my whole family. You learn a lot. How maybe I didn’t do a bad job of bringing a child up. You are always questioning that as a father. It is a very important role. But I don’t think there are enough strong father figures for our youth today. Which causes a lot of problems.”
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Of his time on EastEnders, he said: “Boxing Day 2013 was the first time I was on screen in EastEnders. My wife had our third child two days before I started filming. I walked out on to the Square, everyone was there, and I had a scene with Steve McFadden where I buy the pub. The lights were up, the big tree in the middle – here we go! Really intense.
“I was like, I’m part of it now, hopefully I can find my feet here. There was something magical as soon as I walked on set. There was a lot of press around me coming in. I wanted to be a success more than anything. But you have to put the graft in, and I understood that.”
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Talking politics, Dyer said: “The politicians have all been exposed as inadequate people that talk s**t constantly. That is why a generation of young people is completely lost. There is no connection. They see them in their suits, and Theresa May, bless her, just got that job by default. Boris Johnson running around with his stupid haircut spouting b******s.
Young people look and think, if these are the people running the country, why shouldn’t I go and loot and riot? They just don’t give a f**k. This us against them-type vibe has got worse. We are living in an age of foodbanks. How the f**k did that happen? Seriously.
On Brexit, he commented: “[Politicans] are floundering around. They have been given this thing called Brexit because of one man. One man. Who we voted in to be our Prime Minister, who purely for his own ego decided to call a referendum just to get rid of Nigel Farage. Farage, another p***k in a suit who tapped into something – and I suppose it is that white working-class, middle-age man who lost his voice slightly.”