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EastEnders cast planning 'low key shindig' for Danny Dyer's return

Danny Dyer is set to be welcomed back to Albert Square with open arms.

The cast and crew of EastEnders are reportedly planning a "low key shindig" to celebrate Danny Dyer's return to the BBC soap.

The 39-year-old actor stars as Mick Carter, the landlord of the Queen Vic pub, in the programme. Last month (Feb17), The Sun newspaper alleged that Danny had been told he must take an "enforced break" from the much-loved show after undergoing talks with EastEnders producers, who are said to be concerned about the amount of drinking he has been doing of late.

Danny is currently in South Africa, attempting to "sort his life out", but when he returns to the U.K. and Walford, he is set to be welcomed back with open arms.

"(The EastEnders cast and crew are) keen to show everyone is behind him 100 per cent after his tough few months," a soap insider told the Daily Star newspaper.

"They are planning a round of applause when he steps back behind the bar for filming for the first time."

However, it will be a "low key" bash with no alcohol, considering drinking is said to be one of the main issues for Danny. The Sun claimed that Danny's drunken display at the National Television Awards in January (17) was one of the reasons EastEnders bosses had decided it was best for him to take some time off.

"As a result, Danny is not filming on the show at all," a source told the publication at the time. "There is an enforced break that is expected to last a number of weeks. At the end of the day, he remains the biggest star of the show - so everyone is determined to get him back to his best."

Danny joined EastEnders in 2013 and makes around £400,000 ($499,502) a year. He is contracted to stay on the show until October (17).

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