EastEnders star Danny Dyer admits he is "petrified" for live shows

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EastEnders star Danny Dyer has admitted he is "petrified" of taking part in the show's live episodes next month.

As EastEnders celebrates its 30th anniversary in February, the cast will take part in a week's worth of live episodes to mark the milestone.

Proving the pressure is starting to get to him, Danny admitted the thought of acting live is already scaring him.

Danny Dyer wins 'Outstanding Serial Drama Performance' at the NTAs, The O2, London
21 January

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Danny wins 'Outstanding Performance' at the NTAs.

Speaking backstage at this year's NTAs, Danny said: "I'm petrified. This live episode is absolutely petrifying. We're doing five episodes, one is an hour, so six really.

"It is television history though, so I'm honoured to be a part of it. I think you have to be petrified, you can't go into it giving it the big 'un because it's a real big ask. I'll be so happy when we wrap on that Friday, but bring it on!"

Celebrating his win for 'Outstanding Serial Drama Performance', Danny revealed he has found it difficult playing the role of Mick Carter on the BBC One soap.

"It's been hard," he admitted. "It's easier to play a villain, but to play a character everyday that someone gives a f*** about is a difficult thing. It's drained the life out of me, but I love it."

EastEnders dedicate NTA win to Coronation Street: Adam Woodyatt gives speech, 21 January 2015


Adam Woodyatt (Ian Beale) gave the acceptance speech following EastEnders' win

On the night, EastEnders bagged the ceremony's big win, taking home the gong for 'Most Popular Serial Drama'.

Taking the time to credit the BBC soap, Danny said being on EastEnders has made him fall back in love with acting again.

He added: "Given the responsibility of taking over The Vic, I think everyone thought I wouldn't last five minutes. People wanted to see me fail.

"I'm so glad [the show] has reigned me in and made me concentrate and focus. I forgot about the love I had for acting."

EastEnders' Mick and Shirley rehearse scenes for the live episode.

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Danny was spotted rehearsing for the live episodes with co-star Linda Henry.

Following his successful night at the NTAs, Danny was spotted getting stuck into rehearsals for EastEnders' live episodes yesterday.

Promising viewers big things for their anniversary week, the soap will finally reveal who killed Lucy Beale in the murder mystery that has been gripping the nation for months.

Hetti Bywater (who plays Lucy) will return for a flashback episode for the big reveal. Not only will viewers get to see how Lucy died, but all unanswered questions will be answered and more secrets are set to be uncovered.


The live shows will also see the return of Tanya Branning (Jo Joyner), Christian Clarke (John Partridge) and Peggy Mitchell (Barbara Windsor).

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