Incoming EastEnders star Danny Dyer has spoken of his thrill at getting to work with Walford legend June Brown.
Speaking at an event to launch the festive episodes of the BBC1 soap, Dyer – who is set to arrive on Christmas Day as new Queen Vic landlord Mick Carter – admitted that he was daunted to be acting opposite the actress who has played Dot Branning since 1985:
“It’s harder doing it in the launderette with her because that’s her little manor. When I had my scene in there I just could not get my nut round it. You’re looking at her little face, and you’re like ‘there she is’. And she’s grafting, she’s 86 and she’s so on it.”
Kellie Bright, who will star alongside Dyer as Mick’s wife Linda, was quick to agree: “She’s amazing. She’s just an incredible woman. She’s kind of the company royalty, she’s just amazing and she’s so good. You’d definitely keel over if you met her, there’s no doubt about it. She’s lovely and she’s brilliant.”
June Brown recently admitted that her work on EastEnders is now limited to three or four days a week, but that playing the role of Dot often had a restorative effect. “Although I may say I’m tired, as soon as I get on that set I’m filled with energy.”
She also revealed that Dot has endured for so long because everyone knows someone like her: “People say to me, ‘You’re so like the woman in the shop down the road’, and, ‘You’re so like my auntie’,” she commented to the Yorkshire Evening Post.