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Danny Dyer reveals he thought first date with wife Jo was a prank: ‘I thought it was going to be like Carrie’

Roisin O'Connor
·1-min read
Danny Dyer with his now-wife, Jo, in 2009 (Rex Features)
Danny Dyer with his now-wife, Jo, in 2009 (Rex Features)

Danny Dyer has revealed that he was terrified his wife, Jo, was pranking him when she first asked him out.

The EastEnders star was asked out by Jo when they were 14, but thought she was setting him up for a Stephen King’s Carrie situation (where pigs’ blood was tipped over her head).

The actor made the comments on his podcast, Sorted With the Dyers, which he appears on with his daughter, Love Island star Dani Dyer.

The pair responded to a girl who wanted to know whether a boy at school was interested in her, and recalled their own experiences.

“I was the trampy kid, she was the coolest kid,” Dyer recalled. “I had nothing going for me.”

He recalled that, for three years at school she “didn’t look at me”, but “she must have had some psychic dream and knew I was going to be a success”.

“I thought it was going to be like Carrie, she was going to set me up in some sports hall and tip pig’s blood on me,” he said. “But no, she took me to Pizza Hut. It was amazing.”

He revealed that he ended up walking her home and kissing her in the chute room, where rubbish was dropped by residents in the maisonettes.

“It’s a smelly place, it’s a place full of rats, but me and your mum made it the the most romantic little hovel,” he said.

Dyer married Jo in 2016. They have three children: Dani, 24, Sunnie, 13, and seven-year-old Artie.

The latest episode of Sorted With the Dyers is available now on Spotify.

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