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Danny Dyer has become the “unofficial man of the people” in 2018, thanks to his public venting on Brexit and his championing of daughter Dani in Love Island.

So who better than the EastEnders star to deliver this year’s alternative Christmas message?

The actor will give the annual Channel 4 speech while sipping tea out of a royal wedding mug emblazoned with the faces of Prince Harry and Meghan.

Once again giving his views on the state of politics in the UK and across the world, he will say Westminster has seen “more backstabbing than in Albert Square” and that the US has an “absolute melt” in its commander-in-chief.

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In a clip from the show, he says: “That shambles down in Westminster, what a palaver that is. I mean, where are our leaders? Where are they?

“There’s been more backstabbing than we have in Albert Square.”

Dyer, 41, will also take a swipe at US President Donald Trump, who came under fire in November after cancelling a visit to a cemetery in France “due to the weather”.

“It ain’t any better for the Yanks though, is it, you know,” says Dyer. “What an absolute melt they’ve got there.

“He don’t want to turn up to memorials because it’s raining. He don’t fancy a little trip to Britain because there’s people here that just don’t like him. Leave off.”

Danny Dyer, Dani Dyer and Jack Fincham (right) attending the TV Choice Awards at the Dorchester Hotel, Park Lane, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday September 10, 2018. See PA story SHOWBIZ TVChoice. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire
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Dyer’s daughter Dani won this summer’s Love Island with Jack Fincham

Mr Trump is not the first political leader to feel the wrath of Dyer, who earlier this year branded former prime minister David Cameron a “t**t” on national television.

In an interview with The Big Issue in November, he criticised former foreign secretary Boris Johnson for his “stupid haircut”, branded UKIP’s Nigel Farage “another p***k in a suit” and lambasted Mr Cameron once again, calling him a “posh t**t”.

And on Romesh Ranganathan’s Sky One show Look Back To The Future earlier this week, he also laid into Vladimir Putin and Theresa May.

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LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 28: Danny Dyer attends the British Soap Awards 2016 at Hackney Empire on May 28, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)




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Danny Dyer rants on Cameron, Putin and May

In his festive message, Dyer will “call for more heroes and role models”, and reveal a few of his personal ones – including, perhaps surprisingly, playwright Harold Pinter, who died in 2008.

He says: “My dad… he weren’t around when I was a kid… I love him and that, I don’t blame him.

“I was brought up by my mum and my nan, and they were brilliant women, and they worked their socks off for me, but I was angry, and I got into trouble, you know. I had the old bill round my gaff every five minutes. I was a wrong ‘un.

“And no one knew how to help me. And then one day I found a father figure I didn’t even know I needed.”

He says Pinter “became the most influential man in my life” who taught him “that where I came from didn’t dictate where I went to”.

“I teach my girls they can be who they want to be, and I try and teach my boy to be a good man.

“Now don’t get me wrong, I ain’t no saint, you know, I can do better. I think we can all do better. And as dads, we can’t stop trying to do better until there’s no need for hashtags to remind us that no means no.”

He finishes by saying: “Life can get a little stressful and we might get on each other’s nerves a bit, but remember how much there is to be proud of, to be grateful of, and get yourself a Harold, you know, if you can.

“Merry Christmas, my loves.”

Tom Beck, Channel 4’s head of live events and commissioning editor for entertainment, said that “when Danny speaks, people listen”, and that the message “is full of wit, heart and just the right amount of Dyer attitude”.

Channel 4 has broadcast its own Christmas message since 1993, with last year’s delivered by child survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire.

Previous messages have been delivered by the parents of murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence, Sharon Osbourne and The Simpsons’ Marge Simpson.

:: The alternative Christmas message will air on Channel 4 on December 25 at 3.50pm.

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