EastEnders star Danny Dyer speaks out on Mick Carter's prison ordeal and teases Stuart revenge

EastEnders star Danny Dyer has discussed Mick Carter’s upcoming prison plot, after he’s charged over Stuart Highway’s shooting.

Last night’s episode saw Stuart (Ricky Champ) identify his former friend as his shooter, paving the way for a terrifying time for Mick as he’s targeted in jail.

Here, Danny Dyer – who plays Mick – discusses his character’s new ordeal and teases Stuart’s possible comeuppance.

How is Mick feeling in the aftermath of the shooting and being sent to prison?

“Mick’s devastated about the whole situation. Stuart was one of his oldest friends and it kills him to think he didn’t even know who the man was.”

How do you think he’ll cope in prison?

“I think Mick is thinking he won’t be in prison for long. He’s saying he hasn’t done it, he thinks he’ll be out in a matter of days.”

How does he feel knowing that Stuart has survived and that the rest of the Carters could now be more vulnerable than ever?

“Mick knows he’s just got to get through being in prison. He knows Shirley will protect Linda and Tina. He just has to survive. He does worry about his boy, of course, and he knows Stuart is a threat. But Mick has just got to try and survive and get through this prison process.”

What happens when Mick is in prison next week?

“Mick’s been sent to quite a dangerous prison. I think as soon as he walks in he realises he’s on his own and he has no friends in prison. For any sort of normal guy that goes into prison it’s a real wake-up call and he needs to find his feet quickly.”

Tell us about Fraser – what sort of bloke is Mick dealing with here?

“He realises that if you’re going to survive, you need to get in with whoever is running the wing. He realises that Fraser is that man. Mick needs a mobile phone, or a burner as you call them, he wants to ring his son Johnny to wish him happy birthday because he doesn’t want Johnny to know he’s in prison.”

What sort of consequences does Mick face if he doesn’t do as he is told?

“Well he’s just trying to find his feet. He doesn’t know the prison rules and doesn’t understand them. He just wants to stay out of trouble and do his time as quickly as possible so he’s learning with every minute of the day. He has no idea how much trouble he’s in.”

What was your reaction when you first heard that Mick would be sent to prison?

“It’s tied in lovely with the Stuart storyline. With Stuart, all bets are off – anything can happen. What I was really pleased about was that we don’t just leave it at the gates, we actually delve into the darkness of what it’s like to try and survive in prison. I’m really happy to be focused on that.”

Was it strange being out of The Vic and on the prison set?

“The job changes when you go off the Square. We built a set within the studio and I was interacting with different characters so it didn’t feel like EastEnders for a bit. I really think we’ve nailed it. It was very well cast. It was nice to get a bit of a fresh intake on how Mick would survive away from his family.”

What has been your favourite scene to film with Ricky Champ so far?

“I think Ricky’s a wonderful actor – he’s very underrated. He’s been under the radar for long enough and I think this is a beautiful platform for him. A lot of actors forget how many people watch this type of show. There’s no better way to way to show what you can do than on this massive platform and I think he’s done that. It’s been a real pleasure. I quite liked our early stuff when he first came in and it was all joking around. Them scenes are long gone now though (laughs).”

Ultimately, would you like Mick to be the one to bring Stuart down once and for all?

“Yeah of course. I don’t know what happens now but I would have thought that Mick is going to be slightly adjusted as a human being. Ultimately, he’s going to want revenge for everything though. All you have in prison is your own thoughts and Mick’s been thinking about Stuart a lot.”

EastEnders airs these scenes next week on BBC One.

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