Sunday 23 October 2016

Danny Dyer: Cockney rhyming slang is dying out

Published 26/09/2015 | 18:50

Danny Dyer warned that cockney rhyming slang is dying out
Danny Dyer warned that cockney rhyming slang is dying out

EastEnders star Danny Dyer has warned cockney rhyming slang is "dying out".

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The actor includes the lingo in his role as Mick Carter and said he appreciates the freedom given to him by show bosses to do so.

Asked about the east London slang tradition, Dyer said: "It is dying out. It's a sad thing."

Speaking at the Radio Times Festival, Dyer said he recently used the term "Brady bunch" in the soap which is cockney rhyming slang for lunch - but he sometimes makes words up which lead to people having to Google them.

An American fan speaking at the event said she often has no idea what Dyer's words mean and suggested that the soap put a glossary of slang on its website.

Executive producer Dominic Treadwell-Collins said that sometimes when he is in the edit suite he checks certain words because the slang could be "really dodgy".

Turning to Dyer, he said: "And I know you, you'd try and slip something in."

Dyer gave examples of more slang terms such as "pony and trap" which is slang for "crap", and "bottle and glass" which is slang for "ass".

Meanwhile, the audience was given an insight into what is in store for Queen Vic landlord Mick in future.

The character has been at the centre of a main storyline for months after his wife Linda played by Strictly Come Dancing star Kellie Bright was raped by Dean Wicks played by Matt Di Angelo.

Dyer told the festival audience he hates the character of Dean "with a passion" and said the story is going to come to a conclusion.

Mr Treadwell-Collins turned to Dyer and said: "You've been fitted for a wetsuit, that's all I'm saying."

Dyer said he has found the storyline difficult, adding: "Your head, as a man and a character, starts to merge a bit."

Talking about similiarities he has with his character Mick, he said: "This is the closest I've ever played to myself."

Dyer said he is "quite a sensitive soul" who loves his family and is in touch with his feminine side.

He had the audience laughing when he said that he had become "a bit of a joke" before he started acting in EastEnders, adding that he did shows like Danny Dyer's Deadliest Men because he "had to get the readies in".

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