EastEnders’ Danny Dyer enjoys grandad duty as he cuddles Santiago on family day out

EastEndersstarDanny Dyer was every inch the doting grandad as he cuddled grandson Santiago while on a day out with his daughter.

The actor, 44, has been snapped helping out his 25 year old daughterDaniwith her son Santiago, who was born in January 2021.

Danny is preparing to leave EastEnders later this year after nine years on the show.

The long-standing character Mick Carter, landlord of The Queen Vic, will be leaving Albert Square this winter.

Retiring from the soap will surely give Danny more time to focus on grandad duties and enjoy watching Santiago grow up.

Danny will be taking on apresenting role with Netflix, hosting a quiz show called CHEAT, where contestants will “literally cheat” their way to winning.

Danny and daughter Dani host a Spotify podcast called Sorted with the Dyers.

In one episode, they discussed how formerLove Islandstar Dani was forced to become a single parent after the father of her child, Sammy Kimmence, was sentenced to jail.

He wasput behind bars for 42 monthsfor scamming two elderly victims out of £34,000.

This left Dani, who split with Sammy after his sentencing, to raise their son alone.

In the podcast, the duo reflected on that period of time which forced Dani to have to love her own company.

She said: “When Santi's in bed, that's my time to do my own things and just chill out. It doesn't mean you don't want to spend time with someone.

“It just means you've enjoyed spending time by yourself."

Her doting dad Danny continued: “You've had to, really haven't you?

“Because you were put in a predicament, it wasn't the plan for you. You're a single parent."

“Absolutely,” Dani agreed, “And I never thought I'd like my own company.

"There was a moment when I was like 'oh my God, now I'm on my own, with a baby, how am I going to survive. How am I going to cope?'.

“You know how distraught I was. I couldn't cope.

"I've never really spoken about it, but I was in a bad place. So for me now to enjoy my own company and watch that bit of telly and not think someone's going to murder me.”

Despite the split, Dani said that she will“always have a relationship” with Sammyas he is Santiago's dad.

She told her dad on their podcast: “You are never really friends with your ex-boyfriend. It's a little bit different in my situation.

"Obviously, I will always have a relationship with Santi's dad, it's very different when you have children.

"You're tied together by blood, and you're always going to have a relationship there. But there's still a line."

Dani has since found love with West Ham footballer Jarrod Bowen.

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