Danny Dyer is taking a short break from EastEnders, the BBC has confirmed.
The corporation was responding to a report in The Sun which suggested bosses were concerned about the actor looking "exhausted".
A BBC spokesman said: "Danny is on a short break from EastEnders. This was not enforced by bosses nor has he quit the show."
It is not yet clear how long Dyer will be absent for.
The unnamed source told The Sun: "The producers are concerned about him for a number of reasons."
The source added: "At the end of the day, he remains the biggest star of the show, so everyone is determined to get him back to his best."Image caption Dyer joined EastEnders in 2013
Earlier this month, Dyer said he would be keen to take on the lead role in Doctor Who when Peter Capaldi retires.
In November, he appeared in an episode of Who Do You Think You Are?, in which he found out he was related to royalty.
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