Danny Dyer admits he’s ‘freaked out’ over daughter Dani’s pregnancy but insists she’ll be the best mum

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Danny and Dani Dyer aren’t your usual father and daughter. The EastEnders star became a dad to his namesake when he was just 18 and tells us that it’s 24-year-old Dani who is the mature one.

“I’m sort of like the naughty kid and she’s the adult, which I think is an interesting dynamic,” says Danny, 43.

That’s not to say the actor hasn’t guided his little girl. As we chat to the pair about their new podcast, Sorted With The Dyers, in which they deal with listeners’ problems and give advice, he says, “I’ve always told her to be yourself because everyone else is taken.”

“Yeah, don’t be a version of yourself,” Dani adds. “Because it is so easy to just get lost a little bit.”

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This advice proved to be very wise – and the Essex girl shot to fame after winning the nation’s hearts with her warmth and wit on Love Island in 2018.

Danny admits his daughter has given him the odd pearl of wisdom, too, and encouraged him to take the job of hosting BBC game show The Wall.

“I wasn’t gonna do it and she watched it and said, ‘Dad, this could be the best thing you’ve ever done.’ I didn’t know how to take that, really, because I’ve been acting for 30 years!” he laughs.

As well as helping solve listeners’ dilemmas, the pair are looking forward to another adventure – Dani is due to give birth to her first child with boyfriend Sammy Kimmence in January. And Danny can’t wait to be a doting grandad.

“I’ll be buying whatever the child wants. Lots of Lego, building it and then not letting the kid touch it,” he jokes.

Here, Dani and Danny tell us what it’s like to work together, their thoughts on parenting and the advice they’d give their younger selves…

Hi Dani and Danny! You dish out advice on your podcast. Has your dad been giving you any parenting advice, Dani?

Dani: You know what? He sent me a lovely message the other day. I made him a chilli con carne, and he really enjoyed it, and when I got home I got a lovely text saying, “Dan, you’re gonna be a brilliant mum.” I thought, “Aw that chilli con carne really touched his heart!”

Danny: Yeah, she’s gonna be a great mum. And there is no advice to give on that, really, there’s not a book you can read. It’s all b******s. You naturally become maternal or paternal and you’re just along for the ride.

You must be really proud of her, Danny…

Danny: She’s done so well for herself and she’s a lovely, kind human being. That’s all you want to do with your kids – bring up good-natured, gentle human beings. Then I think your job’s done – and when they’re skint just whack ’em in Love Island and it turns their life around!

Has your viewpoint changed since becoming pregnant, Dani?

Dani: I’ve always been a little bit ahead of my years. I’ve always been sort of motherly. Don’t get me wrong, I used to party, but I was never really like that, was I Dad? I was sort of done at 18.

Danny: Yeah, quite a homebody. Very domesticated, loves cleaning!

Dani: Nothing’s really changed.

Danny: It will, darling. You wait until January.

Dani: That’s why there’s a nan and grandad!

Are you looking forward to being a grandad, Danny?

Danny: Well, it’s such an honour. We’re excited. It’s the start of a new era. I’ve just got to try to get my head around the fact I could be a great-grandad by the time I’m 60. That’s what freaks me out. Then a great-great-grandad by the time I’m 80. But I should’ve known this was coming. I had her [Dani] when I was 18.

How do you think you’ll feel?

Danny: I don’t know. Because it’s weird when you have children – they’re an extension of you, anyway. So I don’t know what it feels like to have an extension of an extension.

Dani: It’s probably gonna be a different kind of love, isn’t it?

Danny: It’s still part of me, so that’s always an amazing feeling. But I haven’t got the aggravation of the s******g and p*****g everywhere and the endless screaming and constantly having to try to keep this little thing alive. It’s a stressful business. But I must say, we’re all a bit freaked out by it. We’ve had a lovely reaction. There’s a lot of love out there for them.

You’re both hugely successful. What advice would you each give to your younger selves?

Dani: Just enjoy myself a little bit more. When I was younger, I was so worried about the future. You have such pressure as a teenager on what you want to be when you grow up. You’re not told you can take risks. You’re just taught you need a career straightaway. So I would have said, “Dan, enjoy yourself, because you’re gonna go on Love Island!” That was the turning point for me. I never thought I was gonna go on Love Island and it changed my life.

Danny: I would’ve just told myself to calm down a little bit. “You’re f*****g 100 mile an hour. Just calm the f**k down and breathe.”

On the first episode of your podcast, you talk to someone who’s struggled in lockdown. How was yours?

Danny: Well, we know what Dani was doing during lockdown – she was quite busy!

Dani: Well, he was very busy building Lego. Honestly the Lego this man builds, it’s incredible.

Danny: Just think about that. You’re having a roll about and I’m building Hogwarts… I had to do something otherwise I’d go a bit crackers. I had a good lockdown, I’m not gonna lie. I was so busy and it did give me a chance to just stop in my tracks and just reflect and be around everyone.


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Have you learnt more about each other from doing the podcast?

Dani: No, we know everything about each other.

Danny: I’ve always been a liberal parent and we had Dani young, so we all grew up together. I can’t remember not being a parent. That period leading up to 18 seems like a distant memory. When she got older we became good mates and we do confide in each other. She has some very good advice for me, too.

Do you enjoy working together?

Dani: It’s so easy. I learnt that when we did Nativity! The Musical together. That was the best thing ever.

Danny: I always felt me and Dani had a future together doing something. I love working with Dani. It’s a good way of us hooking up an’ all.

Dani: Yeah, we have a roast.

Danny: We talk some b******s, we try to enlighten some people and then we have a lovely roast. And it’s a perfect f*****g day.

Dani and Danny’s podcast Sorted With The Dyers is available on Spotify now

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