Actor Danny Dyer is taking a break from the hit TV show EastEnders, following media reports of “exhaustion”.
The BBC has denied reports the actor had been urged to take time off from the show to “sort his life out”, but confirmed he is taking a short break.
“Danny is on a short break from EastEnders,” a BBC spokesman said.
“This was not enforced by bosses, nor has he quit the show.”
The 39-year-old actor plays pub landlord Mick Carter in the soap and has been praised as one of the show’s most popular actors.
Dyer has won two National Television Awards for serial drama performance for his role in the show.
Before EastEnders’ success, the actor appeared in films such as Mean Machine and The Football Factory. He also fronted his own show, Danny Dyer’s Deadliest Men.
Former EastEnders star John Partridge, who played Christian Clarke for four years until 2012, said Dyer was likely to be under a great deal of pressure.
“But it is relentless, the schedule there can be relentless, and I should imagine if he has got any problems, or anything like that, to try and deal with life outside of that,” he said.
“When you’re there 12, 13, or 15, 16 hours a day sometimes – that can be difficult.”
It is not yet clear how long Dyer will be absent for.