Danny Dyer need look no further for his gay son, as Eastenders have revealed the new Johnny Carter as the character is set to hit the square once more.
Ted Reilly has been announced to take over the role. The relative newcomer has made his way around a few guest spots on daytime tv as well as a few short films.
He will be replacing Sam Strike, who left the show in December 2014 after sensationally coming out to his father in touching scenes months prior that earned two awards. Strike will be making his Hollywood debut this year as the title role in the Texas Chainsaw Massacre prequel Leatherface.
Bosses have said that they have a lot of big story lines coming for the character, so we’ll be keeping our eyes peeled on this character.
Speaking on playing the father of a gay teen Dyer said: “It was a real positive thing. A lot of young gay men, who hadn’t come out yet, they saw that scene and I was getting letters from these guys saying they came out the next day because of it.
“That’s a powerful thing and I was really proud to be associated with that.“They spun it on the head for me, because obviously my perception and what people think I’m about – that I was going to react badly – and instead I just cuddled him (Johnny) and said, ‘Listen, it’s fine, I love you, no problem’.”