EastEnders star learns he is descended from royalty
EastEnders royalty Danny Dyer has discovered he is related to – well, real royalty.
In an upcoming episode of Who Do You Think You Are?, Dyer discovers he is directly descended from two British Kings – William the Conqueror and Edward III.
Upon learning of the royal connection, Dyer said: “A kid from Canning Town, and this is my bloodline? It doesn’t feel real.
“To think that somebody of my stature, somebody from absolutely nothing – and his blood is my blood. I cannot compute it in my brain that this man is related to me, this wonderful powerful man.”
The series, which uncovers the family genealogy of celebrities, will begin airing later this month, with Dyer’s episode set to air at 8pm on November 24 on BBC One.
It’s not only royals that have played a part in making Danny Dyer, however. Noted advisor to Henry VIII, Thomas Cromwell, is also a distant relative.
Dyer was delighted by this connection, noting the parallels between himself and Cromwell: “He came from a slum, I come from a slum. Cromwell left the country at 14, I started acting at 14. He was a self-taught lawyer. I’m a self-taught actor. Cromwell had two daughters and a son. I’ve got two daughters and a son. Cromwell wrote his last letter to Henry VIII begging for his life, on July 24, which is my birthday.”
Television fans will recall that the controversial Thomas Cromwell was the subject of recent BAFTA-winning drama Wolf Hall, starring Mark Rylance.
Dyer is best known for his role as Queen Vic landlord Mick Carter on EastEnders, who recently celebrated the wedding of his eldest son Lee to barmaid Whitney. However, he remains unaware of his son’s continuing depression and recent unaffordable spending spree.