When asked in the new issue of Radio Times about his TV turn-offs, the actor – who plays Queen Vic landlord Mick Carter – says: “Corrie. I’ve never really got it. I’ve never been a fan. It’s nothing to do with the actors in it, it’s just never been my sort of thing. I’ve never really got my head round Emmerdale either. They’re not something I can have on my telly.”
On the fight for ratings between the rival soaps, the actor adds: “I like this rivalry. I want to be in the best soap on the telly and I don’t want to be going through the motions. I want to be in the number one soap. All the soaps are jockeying and trying to outdo each other and that’s good. It keeps it interesting. It shouldn’t be a big love-in.”
Since making his EastEnders debut over Christmas 2013 when Mick and his family took over the running of the Walford boozer, Dyer has received critical acclaim including British Soap Award nominations for Best Male and Sexiest Male.
“I’m quite taken aback by it all,” he admits. “It was always a risk bringing me and the Carter family in, but people have taken to us. But listen, I am nothing without the rest of the Carters. Without them, I wouldn’t have anyone to bounce off or to share the experience with. As for sexiest male – I’m pushing 40, I’ve got a beer belly and I’m growing a pair of tits. So to every pot-bellied man out there, there’s hope for you all. But I’m very proud to be representing EastEnders. I’m passionate about it and I’d want to win it for us as a collective, rather than as a personal thing.”
Read the interview with Danny Dyer in the new issue of Radio Times (on sale Tuesday) and cast your votes for this year’s British Soap Awards here