Danny Dyer has hit back at homophobic remarks that have come his way on Twitter since Friday’s EastEnders.

Friday’s episode, watched by nearly 8 million viewers,  saw Mick comfort his son Johnny (Sam Strike) after coaxing him into admitting that he is gay. Although the scene has evoked a number of ignorant comments, the episode was largely viewed favourably for the emotional father-son scene.

Hitting back at the less enlightened comments, Danny tweeted:

Dyer made his debut in EastEnders as new Queen Vic landlord Mick Carter on Christmas Day – the character a big part of Executive Producer Dominic Treadwell-Collins’ plans to revitalise the flagging soap opera.

EastEnders airs Monday (8.00pm), Tuesday (7.30pm), Thursday (7.30pm) and Friday (8.00pm) on BBC One.

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