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Danny Dyer's long-awaited return to EastEnders has been announced

The British actor plays Queen Vic landlord Mick Carter in the popular BBC One soap

by Sharnaz Shahid

It's been a month since his character was last seen on-screen, and now EastEnders fans will be delighted to know that Mick Carter, played by Danny Dyer, will return to Walford on 19 May. In one of his first scenes back, fans will see the beloved Queen Vic landlord lock horns with new bad boy, 'Woody' Woodward, played by Blue singer Lee Ryan.

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Danny Dyer will be returning to EastEnders very soon

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"Danny is going to be straight back into the thick of it when his character returns to our screens and his character Mick Carter immediately finds a new enemy," an EastEnders source previously told The Sun. "Mick is left seriously riled when Walford's new villain Woody rocks up on the square – and even lands a job alongside him in the Vic. There's going to be ongoing beef between the two hardmen and eventually it all kicks off."

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The British actor plays Queen Vic landlord Mick Carter

Last month, Danny, 39, was spotted back on set filming after a six-week break. The actor flew to South Africa to recuperate after reportedly suffering from "exhaustion" in February. At the time, a BBC spokesperson said that Danny was on a "short break" and that he had not quit the show, nor was the break enforced. "Danny is on a short break from EastEnders. This was not enforced by bosses, nor has he quit the show," the statement read. Danny joined EastEnders in 2013, and has become one of the soap's most popular stars. He has won two National Television Awards for serial drama performance for his role.

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Despite being a fan favourite on the BBC One soap, Danny has previously hinted that he is looking to move on from Albert Square. Speaking at the National Television Awards this year, the star confessed: "Four years is a long time. It's been really rewarding but there's other stuff out there. I'd love to show other sides to me. I loved theatre and all that."