Danny Dyer's real name is Danial Dyer
- Bang Showbiz
- 13 January 2021
'EastEnders' actor Danny Dyer has revealed his real name is in fact Danial Dyer - after his father misspelt his Daniel moniker on his birth certificate when he was "off his nut"
Danny Dyer's real name is Danial Dyer – because his father misspelt Daniel on his birth certificate when he was "off his nut".
The 'EastEnders' actor 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.
He said: "I did change my name, because my name is Danial.
"My old dad, and I love him very much, is old school.
"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?'
"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."
The soap star – who plays Mick Carter on the BBC One show – admitted he had always planned to change his name to Danny anyway because it has a "better ring to it" than Daniel.
Speaking on his and daughter Dani Dyer's 'Sorted with the Dyers' podcast, he added: "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."