Danny Dyer first joined the cast of EastEnders in 2013.

The actor – who has played Queen Vic landlord Mick Carter since 2013 – has signed to an upcoming drama on the satellite channel.

However, his time in the iconic Albert Square is coming to an end as the show confirmed the actor is leaving.

Another EastEnders source confirmed the plans for Danny's exit from the soap have been set out for a while.

A spokesperson for EastEnders confirmed Danny was leaving, telling : 'Danny will be leaving EastEnders when his contract comes to an end later this year.

'Danny has made Mick Carter an iconic character which we shall always be grateful for, 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, 44, has played Mick Carter, landlord of the Queen Victoria pub, since December 2013.

Danny Dyer has quit EastEnders following nine years on the soap after reportedly signing up to a new drama series with Sky for a six-figure sum.

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"he's not sure how they are going to write him out yet but he ’ s hoping that they leave the door open for mick,"

Danny's character Mick has been involved in some emotional storylines on the soap over the years.

an eastenders source added : '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.

"With Kellie set to return very soon, the Carters are going to be at the heart of some big drama this year," the source added.

EastEnders will soon have to find a new landlord for Walford’s favourite pub. (Image: BBC)

In 2020 his family expanded as he discovered he had another daughter, Frankie Lewis ( played by Rose Ayling-Ellis ).

While the deal is less than his alleged £1 million 'golden handcuffs' deal with the BBC, it is thought it will open the door to new lucrative opportunities.

The source said : "There's been a lot of tension about Danny going as he is their No1 star.

However, the actor has now decided to pursue other roles, with a source telling The Mirror : 'BBC bosses have been desperate to keep him.

EastEnders continues Tuesday at 7:30pm on BBC One. (Image: BBC)

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."

In April 2020 his representative said Danny was considering leaving – but ultimately signed a new deal.

He joked he could fill in for Prince Harry when he left the royals, saying : "I descend from royalty, so why not ?"

EastEnders set for major exit as BBC CONFIRMS Danny Dyer departure 'Explosive drama' (Image: BBC)

He was first offered a role in EastEnders in 2009.

We want to do it all.

A friend of Danny's said : "Danny loves EastEnders but as an actor he feels the time is right to explore other roles.

'He's incredibly grateful to the show and the opportunities it has given him and it wasn't a decision he took lightly but after playing Mick for nearly nine years he feels it's time to give the character of Mick a rest. '

EastEnders star Danny Dyer is soon set to wave goodbye to Albert Square. (Image: BBC)

Mick was seen reliving his childhood abuse while wife Linda ( Kellie Bright ) had a harrowing alcoholism storyline, and most recently gave birth to Max Branning's ( Jake Wood ) baby after a one-night stand when the couple were going through a rough patch.

As well as his work on EastEnders, Danny also hosts his own gameshow The Wall and has appeared in several other projects over recent years.

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