It has been announced that Danny Dyer is joining the cast of EastEnders this Christmas as the new landlord of the Queen Vic.

Dyer will play "bloke's bloke" Mick Carter, the brother of Shirley (Linda Henry) and Tina Carter (newcomer Luisa Bradshaw-White).

He will be joined by Kellie Bright, who will play his wife Linda.

The BBC said of Dyer's onscreen character: "He thinks nothing of throwing on Linda's pink dressing gown and cooking breakfast for the family in the morning before getting the beer barrels ready downstairs."

"I'm so excited about starting a new chapter in my career and I cannot wait to become part of the East End family," said Dyer.

Co-star Bright said: "I'm very excited about joining the show. Not only am I looking forward to working with Danny but becoming landlady of the Vic is a real honour."

EastEnders Executive Producer Dominic Treadwell-Collins added: "I'm so excited to have actors of Danny and Kellie's calibre joining what is an already strong and talented company of actors.

"Having been together over 20 years, Mick and Linda have a good marriage and an easy shorthand with each other - but can also still fight like teenagers. They will laugh, cry, argue and make-up ... much to the embarrassment of their children and the delight of Albert Square's residents.

"Mick and Linda still love each other, no matter what life throws at them. And moving from Watford to Walford, life's about to throw them a few curve balls."