Is there going to be another high profile departure from the world of soaps?
With ITV’s Emmerdale shedding stars at a rate of knots, there is now speculation that one of the biggest characters in Walford could be leaving EastEnders.
Danny Dyer, who plays Mick Carter, retweeted a post made by an EastEnders fan blog which ran a speculative article with the headline MICK TO LEAVE WITH LINDA?, referencing Kellie Bright’s upcoming maternity leave.
He then provoked a bit of a stir on Twitter with a series of seemingly cryptic tweets that could be hinting he might be leaving Albert Square.
Kellie, 39, plays Danny’s wife Linda Carter in the soap and has already said she won’t be leaving the show for good after welcoming her second child in November.
Obviously, Danny’s fans quickly descended into panic at the post, with many assuming he was hinting he is leaving the BBC soap.
One wrote: “If Danny leaves, I’ll never watch the show again and I’m sure none of his other fans will either.”
Another added: “Omg are you leaving, when xxx.”
“Please don’t say you’re leaving,” begged another.
One fan pointed out the blog post was “just a fan theory”, and urged others to stop worrying about it.
Earlier this year, when Kellie’s pregnancy was announced, 39-year-old Danny denied he would be saying goodbye to Walford during his co-star’s maternity break.
He even joked that he would have an affair with Dot Cotton in the interim. Nice.
There is a worry now though that he has had second thoughts as he teased that he would be lonely without his screen wife…
— Danny Dyer (@MrDDyer) 19 May 2016
It is assumed that Danny is being his usual cheeky self and won’t be leaving the soap – in which he has been a beloved cast member since 2013.