Danny Dyer Criticizes Lack of Working-Class Actors in the Arts

Danny Dyer, a prominent English actor, has sharply criticized the performing arts industry for its lack of representation of working-class performers. At 46, Dyer has built a long career with memorable roles in films like “The Football Factory” and “The Business,” and as Mick Carter in the BBC’s “EastEnders.”

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Known for his tough-guy persona and distinctive Cockney accent, Dyer is now venturing into comedy with his upcoming series, “Mr Bigstuff,” alongside Ryan Sampson. The show, penned by Sampson, delves into the challenges faced by working-class actors in the industry.

In a candid interview with Radio Times, Dyer echoed Sampson’s frustration, calling the scarcity of working-class actors “disgusting.” Reflecting on his own career, Dyer recalled how the classism in the theatre world motivated him despite not having a classical acting education. He emphasized the need for more opportunities for working-class youths in the arts and expressed hope for change with future political leadership.

“Mr Bigstuff,” marking Dyer’s return to television after leaving “EastEnders,” sees him playing Lee, who disrupts the life of his estranged brother Glen, portrayed by Sampson. The series also features actors Geoff Bell and Adrian Scarborough.


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