EastEnders’ Danny Dyer breaks distancing rules to film gut-wrenching NYE scenes

EastEnders star Danny Dyer was allowed to break social distancing rules for the soap's New Year's Eve storyline.

The Mick Carter actor was allowed to be in close contact with his on-screen wife, played by Kellie Bright, and actress Simone Lahbib – who portrays Katy Lewis

In the dramatic scenes Mick confronts Katy over the sexual abuse she subjected him to when he lived in a care home when he was 12 years of age.

In the harrowing storyline, Mick's character contemplates killing himself after "losing all hope".

Danny told Digital Spy: "Mick has been struggling for some time and has reached a point where he has lost all hope.

"He's confused and he's pushed everyone away so he really feels like he's completely alone in the world, so much so he feels that his only option is to end his own life."

Danny admitted it has been the "most difficult story he's ever had".

And Danny said he really hopes the scenes would help suicidal men.

He said he "really hopes" he has "done it justice" and that "someone somewhere can take something from it" and "maybe speak out about what they’re going through".

Danny said a storyline like this is "so important" – "especially for men".

The actor believes the "great thing about highlighting Mick’s story" is the "impact that it could have on people watching".

Danny said he hoped "it shows the importance of talking and reaching out when in need".

He also stressed the importance of the actors filming in close contact.

"I think the big scene where Mick finally confronts Katy, it needed to be filmed that way so we could organically make it work, instead of the technicalities that come with filming socially distanced."

Earlier this month Danny splashed out £180,000 on a brand new Bentley, the Daily Star revealed.

He turned heads when he took it for a spin while on a shopping trip near his Essex home last week.

An onlooker said: "Danny was out and about in Loughton, which is a pretty affluent area. But even here, the car stood out because it is so flashy."

The scenes will air on New Year's Day at 8pm on BBC One.

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