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EastEnders’ Danny Dyer reveals the truth about working with Ricky Champ

The pair are arch enemies on screen...

With it looking increasingly likely that Mick Carter is about to start a long and lengthy stretch in jail, it goes without saying that his ‘frenemy’ Stuart Highway has royally ruined his life.

But while Stuart and Mick are Walford’s biggest enemies, things couldnt be more different for the actors behind the warring former friends.

Mick’s off to prison after Stuart claims he’s the one who shot him (Credit: BBC)

Danny Dyer has opened up about his alter ego’s impending time at Her Majesty’s pleasure, but has admitted that the highlight of this whole storyline has been working with co-star Ricky Champ, who plays evil Stu.

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“I think Ricky is a wonderful actor – he’s very underrated. He’s been under the radar for long enough and it’s been a real pleasure to work with him.

Despite their on-screen conflict, Danny loves working with Ricky Champ (Credit: BBC)

“I liked our early stuff when he first came in and it was all joking around. Them scenes are long gone now though!”

But just because Ricky and Danny are friends when the camera stops rolling, that doesn’t mean Danny doesn’t want to see his character get justice.

Mick will struggle in prison (Credit: BBC)

Talking about Mick’s future after a stretch inside, Danny has hinted that Mick could come back to the Square a changed man…

“I don’t know what happens, but I would have thought that Mick is going to be slightly adjusted as a human being.

Danny says prison will change Mick (Credit: BBC)

“Ultimately, he’s going to want revenge for everything. All you have in prison is your own thoughts and Mick’s been thinking a lot about Stuart.”

Danny also revealed that a special set had to be built at the soap’s Elstree studios especially for Mick’s prison stay…

Could Mick end up in jail for longer than he thinks? (Credit: BBC)

“We built a set within the studio and I was interacting with different characters, so it didn’t feel like EastEnders for a bit. The job changes when you go off the Square.

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“I really think we have nailed it. It was very well cast and was nice to get a bit of a fresh intake on how Mick would survive away from his family.”

EastEnders airs Monday and Friday at 8pm and Tuesday and Thursday at 7.30pm on BBC One.

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