Danny Dyer ‘proud’ he’s helped young gay men come out

The new star heaped praise upon the touching EastEnders storyline his character Mick Carter has been part of

Those familiar with the gruff, cockney ‘wide boy’ of gangster movie fame might not realise it, but Britain’s Hardest Man has a deeply humanitarian side.

Danny Dyer has revealed that he’s proud to have had a hand in helping young gay men have the confidence to come out.

The new star heaped praise upon the touching Eastenders storyline his character Mick Carter has been part of, during which he comforts his son Johnny as he reveals to his father that he is gay.

"It was a real positive thing," Dyer told Jonathan Ross in an interview, set to be broadcast on Saturday night.

Danny Dyer Joins Eastenders Cast: Accent Won't Be A Worry

"A lot of young gay men, who hadn’t come out yet, they saw that scene and I was getting letters from these guys saying they came out the next day because of it.  That’s a powerful thing and I was really proud to be associated with that."

The 36-year-old actor, who plays the new landlord of the Queen Vic in Albert Square, was none-the-less the victim of Twitter trolls when the scenes were aired. However, far from keeping quiet about the homophobic abuse he was being hurled, he hit back at the online bullies… By showering them with affection.

"They spun it on the head for me, because obviously my perception and what people think I’m about – that I was going to react badly – and instead I just cuddled him and said, ‘Listen, it’s fine, I love you, no problem.’"

Dyer also spoke about his own children, newly born son Arty, and his two daughters, who are 17 and six years old.

'I'm Not Daniel Day Lewis, I'm Danny Dyer'

"Little Arty.  He’s such a beautiful little thing… I just forgot how hard it is," he said.  "We had him two days before I started EastEnders.  I’ve been having a few tweets from people saying on Eastenders I look stoned, I looked out of my nut. 

"It’s because I’m f**ked. I’m shattered.  That’s the hard bit, you go home and you’ve got the bubba there and you’ve got to change his little sh**ty a**e and that - Got to burp him and sterilise bottles.   I mean I’m loving it, I was due a son because I’ve got two daughters, so I needed a boy."

But having an older daughter has posed its own share of problems. How does Britain’s Hardest Man cope, for example, with his eldest offspring having a boyfriend?

"It’s hard work to be fair, but you know what, I think I’ve rung the bell," he told Ross. "He’s a good kid and that.

Danny Dyer: The Cockney Messiah

"It’s just strange seeing them grow up.  She loves him to death.  She’s obsessed with him.  It winds me up, but it could be worse, he’s a good kid and she loves him and he treats her well.  As long as he don’t upset her. 

"As long as a tear doesn’t drop from her eye, then he won’t be walking with a severe limp for the rest if his life," Danny quipped.

The Jonathan Ross Show airs on Saturday 1 February 2014


Find out which stars are boycotting anti-gay laws in Russia in the gallery below:

Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs People

HR Analyst - Banking - Bristol - £350-£400

£350 - £400 per day: Orgtel: HR Analyst - Banking - Bristol - £350 - £400 per ...

HR Manager - HR Generalist / Sole in HR

£30000 - £35000 per annum + benefits: Ashdown Group: HR Manager - HR Generalis...

Business Analyst - Banking - London - £350-£400

£350 - £400 per day: Orgtel: Business Analyst - Banking - People Change - Lond...

HR Manager - Milton Keynes - £50,000 + package

£48000 - £50000 per annum + car allowance + benefits: Ashdown Group: HR Shared...

Day In a Page

Middle East crisis: We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are

We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are

Now Obama has seen the next US reporter to be threatened with beheading, will he blink, asks Robert Fisk
Neanderthals lived alongside humans for centuries, latest study shows

Final resting place of our Neanderthal neighbours revealed

Bones dated to 40,000 years ago show species may have died out in Belgium species co-existed
Scottish independence: The new Scots who hold fate of the UK in their hands

The new Scots who hold fate of the UK in their hands

Scotland’s immigrants are as passionate about the future of their adopted nation as anyone else
Britain's ugliest buildings: Which monstrosities should be nominated for the Dead Prize?

Blight club: Britain's ugliest buildings

Following the architect Cameron Sinclair's introduction of the Dead Prize, an award for ugly buildings, John Rentoul reflects on some of the biggest blots on the UK landscape
eBay's enduring appeal: Online auction site is still the UK's most popular e-commerce retailer

eBay's enduring appeal

The online auction site is still the UK's most popular e-commerce site
Culture Minister Ed Vaizey: ‘lack of ethnic minority and black faces on TV is weird’

'Lack of ethnic minority and black faces on TV is weird'

Culture Minister Ed Vaizey calls for immediate action to address the problem
Artist Olafur Eliasson's latest large-scale works are inspired by the paintings of JMW Turner

Magic circles: Artist Olafur Eliasson

Eliasson's works will go alongside a new exhibition of JMW Turner at Tate Britain. He tells Jay Merrick why the paintings of his hero are ripe for reinvention
Josephine Dickinson: 'A cochlear implant helped me to discover a new world of sound'

Josephine Dickinson: 'How I discovered a new world of sound'

After going deaf as a child, musician and poet Josephine Dickinson made do with a hearing aid for five decades. Then she had a cochlear implant - and everything changed
Greggs Google fail: Was the bakery's response to its logo mishap a stroke of marketing genius?

Greggs gives lesson in crisis management

After a mishap with their logo, high street staple Greggs went viral this week. But, as Simon Usborne discovers, their social media response was anything but half baked
Matthew McConaughey has been singing the praises of bumbags (shame he doesn't know how to wear one)

Matthew McConaughey sings the praises of bumbags

Shame he doesn't know how to wear one. Harriet Walker explains the dos and don'ts of fanny packs
7 best quadcopters and drones

Flying fun: 7 best quadcopters and drones

From state of the art devices with stabilised cameras to mini gadgets that can soar around the home, we take some flying objects for a spin
Joey Barton: ‘I’ve been guilty of getting a bit irate’

Joey Barton: ‘I’ve been guilty of getting a bit irate’

The midfielder returned to the Premier League after two years last weekend. The controversial character had much to discuss after his first game back
Andy Murray: I quit while I’m ahead too often

Andy Murray: I quit while I’m ahead too often

British No 1 knows his consistency as well as his fitness needs working on as he prepares for the US Open after a ‘very, very up and down’ year
Ferguson: In the heartlands of America, a descent into madness

A descent into madness in America's heartlands

David Usborne arrived in Ferguson, Missouri to be greeted by a scene more redolent of Gaza and Afghanistan
BBC’s filming of raid at Sir Cliff’s home ‘may be result of corruption’

BBC faces corruption allegation over its Sir Cliff police raid coverage

Reporter’s relationship with police under scrutiny as DG is summoned by MPs to explain extensive live broadcast of swoop on singer’s home