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Danny Dyer

Dyer at the Gumball 3000 Rally, London 2007
Born Daniel John Dyer
24 July 1977 (1977-07-24) (age 32)
Canning Town, East London, England
Years active 1993 – the present
Domestic partner(s) Joanne Mas
Official website

Danny Dyer (born 24 July 1977) is an English actor, media personality and chairman of Greenwich Borough, a non-League football team.[1]



Danny Dyer was born in Canning Town, an area of East London,[2] he now lives in Debden, Loughton, Essex[citation needed] with his longtime girlfriend, Joanne Mas.

A lifelong player and fan of football, Danny is a big West Ham United fan, in late December 2007, Dyer became the chairman of Kent League's Greenwich Borough in South East London, appointed by fellow actor Tamer Hassan, president of the Kent League football club, stating: "I just love football and the chance of being involved with a club is like a dream come true."[1] The appointment was actually a publicity stunt to secure publicity for the club.(as a publicity stunt[3])

Dyer was discovered at a local school by an agent who auditioned him for the part of Martin Fletcher in the Granada Television series Prime Suspect 3 (1993), beginning his acting career at 16.[2]

He also appeared on television in episodes of Cadfael (1994), A Touch of Frost (1995), Loved Up (1995), Thief Takers (1996) and Soldier Soldier (1997).[2][4]. In 1995, Dyer also appeared in a television commercial for Coca-Cola.[5]

His many other television roles include appearances in the 2003 Channel 4 drama Second Generation, directed by John Sen[4]; as Malcolm, main character Michelle's stepfather, in Skins[6]; as a football player in the second series of Hotel Babylon on BBC television; and as Matt Costello in what was supposed to be the pilot episode for Breathless,[4][7] a BBC two-part television series in development from BBC Northern Ireland, renamed first "Blood Rush" and then Kiss of Death, when it premiered on BBC One as a one-part drama on 26 May 2008.[8]

Beginning in 2007, Dyer became the presenter of The Real Football Factories and The Real Football Factories International, a TV documentary series on Bravo, for which he travels, in the former throughout the United Kingdom and in the latter throughout the world, to meet and interview football club fans and hooligans.[citation needed]. Many people and critics alike have been critical of Dyer's over emphasis on being considered "One of the lads" often recanting of how much alcohol he consumes and his so called "working class background".

Danny Dyer's Deadliest Men, "a gritty and hard-hitting documentary series that sees him venturing into the dark depths of the British underworld and hunting down some of the most notorious and feared men in Britain today," began airing on Bravo in the United Kingdom on 20 October, 2008.[9][10]

In April 2009 he turned down a role in EastEnders, claiming that although he thought the role sounded good, he didn't think he could cope with the pressure.[11]


Dyer's first film role was in Human Traffic (1999).[12] His subsequent movie work includes Mel Smith's High Heels and Low Lifes (2001) and starring roles in Borstal Boy (2000), Mean Machine (2002) and in all four films by the British film director Nick Love: Goodbye Charlie Bright (2001); The Football Factory (2004); The Business (2005); and Outlaw (2007).[12] Among other film roles, he also appeared as the character Steve in Christopher Smith's Severance (2006); as Hayden in Adulthood (2008); and as himself in the feature documentary Tattoos: A Scarred History.[citation needed] In 2008 he finished filming his roles as Pete and Tom in City Rats and 7 Lives, respectively.[13] April 2009 saw the straight to DVD release of City Rats. Danny has just completed filming Jack Said, a Brit noir thriller in which he played Nathan alongside Ashlie Walker, Terry Stone, David O'Hara and Simon Phillips which was released in November 2009 by Optimum Releasing. This film is the prequel to Jack Says which was released in 2008 and starred the late Mike Reid. In 2009 he shot several horror films including Doghouse under the direction from Jake West and Basement under the Regie from Asham Kamboj.[14]


Dyer has performed on stage, most notably in two plays written and directed by 2005 Nobel Laureate Harold Pinter: as the Waiter in the London première of Celebration (2000), at the Almeida Theatre, which transferred to Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, in New York, as part of the Harold Pinter Festival held there in July and August 2001[15]; and as Foster in the revival of No Man's Land (1975), at the Royal National Theatre, in London, during 2001 and 2002.[16][17] In March 2008 he played Joey in a revival of Pinter's The Homecoming (1964), directed by Michael Attenborough, at the Almeida Theatre, in London.[18] He also performed in Peter Gill's play Certain Young Men (1999) in London.[19]

From 9 September, 2009 to 3 October, 2009, Danny Dyer will appear as Sid Vicious in a new play called Kurt and Sid in London's West End at the Trafalgar Studios.

Selected other work

Dyer is the voice of Kent Paul in the video games Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (2002) and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (2004).[19]

He also appears in The Twang's 2007 video for Two Lovers.[20]

I Believe in UFOS: Danny Dyer, a documentary which sees Dyer journey to various 'UFO hotspots' in the UK and the USA in hope of experiencing a UFO sighting, was broadcast on BBC Three on 26th January 2010. [21]



Year Film Role Notes
1999 Human Traffic Moff
The Trench Lance Cpl. Victor Dell
2000 Borstal Boy Charlie Milwall
Greenfingers Tony
2001 Goodbye Charlie Bright Francis
High Heels and Low Lifes Danny
Mean Machine Billy the Limpet
2003 Wasp Dave
2004 Free Speech Mark
The Football Factory Tommy Johnson
2005 The Great Ecstasy of Robert Carmichael Larry Haydn
The Business Frankie
2006 The Other Half Mark Lamanuzzi
Severance Steve
2007 Outlaw Gene Dekker
Straightheads Adam
The All Together Dennis Earle
2008 Adulthood Hayden
2009 City Rats Pete
Malice in Wonderland Whitey
Doghouse Neil
Jack Said Nathan
Dead Man Running Bing
Just for the Record Derek La Farge Post-production
Pimp Stanley Post-production
The Rapture Wraith Post-production
Catwalk The Photographer Pre-production
Gunned Down Vinny Pre-production
Stingers Coleman In production
2010 Basement Gary Post-production
Devil's Playground Joe Pre-production


Year Show Role Notes
1993 ''Prime Suspect 3 Martin Fletcher
1994 Cadfael Bran 1 episode: The Leper of St. Giles
1995 Loving Bert
A Touch of Frost Shaun Everett 1 episode: Dead Male One
Crown Prosecutor Shane Cassidy 1 episode: 1.5
Loved Up Billy 1 episode: 2.7
1996 Thief Takers Alec 1 episode: The Outcasts
The Bill Gavin Parker 2 episodes: Home Truths and Merrily on High
Bramwell Danny 1 episode: 3.3
1997 Highlander Andrew Baines 1 episode: Avatar
Soldier Soldier Gary Fox 2 episodes: Line of Departure and Sounds of War
2001 Is Harry on the Boat? Brad
2002 Dead Casual Wayne
Foyle's War Tony Lucciano 1 episode: A Lesson in Murder
2003 Serious and Organised Darren Evans Recurring
Second Generation Jack
2004 Family Business Yankie
2005 M.I.T.: Murder Investigation Team Marc Sharaff 1 episode: 2.4
Rose and Maloney Danny 1 episode: 2.1
2006 All in the Game Martin
2007 Hotel Babylon Dave Osbourne 1 episode: 2.2
Skins Malcolm 2 episodes: Cassie and Michelle
2008 Kiss of Death Matt Costello

Stage plays

Video games

  • Grand Theft Auto: Vice City as Kent Paul (2002)
  • Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas as Kent Paul (2004)


  1. ^ a b "Danny Dyer Joins Real Football Factory" (Web). News Shopper Online. Newsquest Media Group (A Gannett Company). 2007-12-23. Retrieved 2008-10-12. 
  2. ^ a b c "Biography" (Web). Danny Dyer. Retrieved 2008-10-11.  (Includes a menu of hyperlinked sections on Dyer's career accomplishments.)
  3. ^ Revealed in interveiw on BBC Rado 4 programme Loose Ends broadcats 12 Sept 2009 [1]
  4. ^ a b c "Television" (Web). Danny Dyer. Retrieved 2008-10-28. 
  5. ^ Coca-Cola advert starring Danny Dyer on YouTube
  6. ^ "Dyer Guest Starring in Skins Series" (Web). Radio Times. BBC Magazines, Ltd. Retrieved 2008-10-11. 
  7. ^ "Member Profile: David Bowen: Biography". Film Network. 2007. Retrieved 2008-10-18. 
  8. ^ BBC Press Office (2008-05-21). "Louise Lombard, Lyndsey Marshal and Danny Dyer Star in Kiss Of Death – A New Crime Drama for BBC One" (Web). Press release. Retrieved 2008-10-25. 
  9. ^ Danny Dyer (2008-10-20). "Danny Dyer's Deadliest Men" (Video clip interview). Virgin Media. Retrieved 2008-10-25. 
  10. ^ "Only TV Can Show You a Pouch from Your Couch" (Web). Telegraph Media Group. 2008-10-25. Retrieved 2008-10-25. "First up [on the series] was Stephen 'The Devil' French in Liverpool, who robbed drug dealers, which is known as 'taxation'. ... Inconveniently, the devil had reformed. 'I got the feeling he was on his own journey,' Danny said. He was seen giving a respectful lecture to academic criminologists on his new anti-gun campaign. He is trying to counter the massive growth in Liverpudlian gun use, which arose largely so that people could protect themselves from him. ... Danny did his best to show his own bravery in being around this man. 'My bum is flappin' a little bit,' he informed us. Eventually the Devil re-enacted what he would have done when he was a hard man. ... 'This is the first time a real-life taxation scenario has ever been shown on TV,' said Dyer." 
  11. ^ "Danny Dyer turns down EastEnders role". RTE News. 2009-01-20. Retrieved 2009-04-20. 
  12. ^ a b "Film" (Web). Danny Dyer. Retrieved 2008-10-26. 
  13. ^ "Welcome" (Web). Danny Dyer. Retrieved 2008-10-25. 
  14. ^ Danny Dyer Locked in the Basement
  15. ^ "Celebration: Premiere" (Web). Harold Pinter. Retrieved 2008-10-11. 
  16. ^ "No Man's Land (2001): Royal National Theatre, London" (Web). Harold Pinter. Retrieved 2008-11-07. 
  17. ^ "Danny Dyer: Biography" (Web). Filmbug ( 2000-01-01. Retrieved 2008-10-11. 
  18. ^ "Pinter's Homecoming at Almeida from 31 January 2008" (Web). London Theatre Guide – Online. Retrieved 2008-10-11.  [Corrected title]
  19. ^ a b "Other Work" (Web). Danny Dyer. Retrieved 2008-10-26. 
  20. ^ "Danny Dyer Joins Twang Gang" (Web). News International. 2007-07-27. Retrieved 2008-10-25. 
  21. ^ "BBC TV & Radio Programmes" (Web). BBC. Retrieved 2010-02-09. 


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