Danny Dyer has revealed his real name is actually Danial Dyer – because his father misspelt Daniel on his birth certificate when he was ‘off his nut’.
The EastEnders actor, 43, thinks his dad was ‘battered’ when he was given the responsibility of filling in his birth certificate, and as a result his moniker was accidentally set as Danial rather than the conventional spelling of Daniel.
Speaking on his and daughter Dani’s Sorted with the Dyers podcast, he said: ‘I did change my name, because my name is Danial. My old dad, and I love him very much, is old school.
‘He was off his nut’: Danny Dyer has revealed his real name is DANIAL because his ‘bladdered’ dad misspelled the moniker on his birth certificate
‘I was born in the 70s so men didn’t really get involved in much then. Back in the day, my mum would go, “I’m going into labour,” and he’d be up the boozer and go, “What time are you going to be home?”.’
He continued: ‘She went into labour and gave birth. He got up there, obviously off his nut, and he got to do the important thing, the birth certificate, which I think you have to sign.
‘He agreed to the name Daniel but he spelt it Danial – D-A-N-I-A-L. It could’ve been a mix of things – that he was battered, that he doesn’t spell. It could’ve been a bit of both.’
What were you thinking, dad? The soap star – who plays Mick Carter on the BBC One show – admitted he had always planned to change his name to Danny anyway
The soap star – who plays Mick Carter on the BBC One show – admitted he had always planned to change his name to Danny anyway.
He said: ‘As I got into the acting years I sort of decided … I changed it. It was always going to be Danny. I thought Danny was a better name, it has a better ring to it.’
Dyer was born in Custom House, East London, in 1977 and sadly his parents split up when he was just aged nine
What news! Danny made the revelation on his and daughter Dani Dyer’s Sorted with the Dyers podcast
The family have some very blue-bloodied ancestry and in 2016, Danny appeared in the genealogy series Who Do You Think You Are?
He Danny discovered that among the workhouse victims and thieves in his family tree, there was a royal link.
Not only is his great-grandfather 22 times removed from King Edward III, but he’s related to William the Conqueror and Henry VIII’s advisor Thomas Cromwell too.
Sir Danial? He discovered on Who Do You Think You Are? that his great-grandfather 22 times removed from King Edward III, but he’s related to William the Conqueror and Thomas Cromwell