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EastEnders scriptwriters struggling to explain Danny Dyer's absence from key scenes - report

EastEnders scriptwriters are reportedly struggling to come up with an explanation for Danny Dyer's character Mick Carter missing his grandmother's funeral, as the actor continues his break from the show.

Danny Dyer's EastEnders leave is reportedly causing big problems for the show's scriptwriters.

The 39-year-old actor was signed off from the BBC soap earlier this year (17) due to suffering from exhaustion. He went to South Africa in an attempt to take control of his personal life, and recently returned after a four-week break in the country, but producers are said to have told him to take some more time to be with his family, who are apparently concerned for his health.

Despite EastEnders bosses encouraging Danny to take more time out from the show, his absence is reportedly causing major problems for scriptwriters.

While they have done their best so far to brush over Danny's lack of screen time, his character Mick Carter's missing of his grandmother's funeral is going to be hard to explain.

"It’s going to look very odd for Mick not to attend the funeral," a source told the Daily Star newspaper. "But the writers are having to come up with some excuse as to why he cannot be there.

"We all know Danny comes first so the writers are working around the clock to tweak key stories."

Among the stars who have come out defending Danny is Kym Marsh, who plays Michelle Connor on Coronation Street, with the actress insisting people don't realise how much work it takes to film a soap.

"There can be a lot of stress working on a soap, so I understand," she told OK! magazine recently. "It vexes me when the odd troll has said I haven’t got a ‘real job’.

"Some people think we come into work, have our make-up done and muck around, but it’s not like that – we all work really hard."

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