EastEnders star Danny Dyer has quit after being offered a new Job on Sky.
The actor who has played Queen Vic landlord Mick Carter since 2013 has signed to an upcoming drama on a Sky channel.
The deal is thought to be worth six figures much less than the £1million-a-year deal he is on with the BBC.
But it will open the door to a raft of offers that could ultimately dwarf what he earns now.
Strict BBC rules have prevented him appearing on rival channels – which has irked the 44-year-old Cockney and some of his fellow co-stars.
One source said: “Danny has offers coming in left right and centre, and a lot of the things he has wanted to do he can’t because EastEnders have such strict rules about what he can and can’t do.