EASTENDERS fans believe legendary actor Shane Richie is Masked Dancer’s Pearly King.
The 58-year-old is now top of the list of guesses made by viewers after the weekend’s show.
“Shane Richie as Pearly King?”, suggested one.
Someone else guessed: “Ok so far tonight I’ve got Shane Richie #Pearlyking.”
Another added: “Shane Richie is my next guess for pearly king.”
Previously, The Masked Dancer fans were utterly convinced that the lion, Pearly King, is one of the stars of EastEnders – but an entirely different character.
There is no question that the character is a man after a clue judge Oti Mabuse let slip on This Morning earlier in the year.
She essentially ruled out that the character was a woman – removing any chance it was one of England’s Lionesses.
The Masked Dancer‘s Oti said: “We have a lion, I think he steals the show” before quickly adding: “Or she steals the show. You see? Why do they bring me on?!”
Now fans are split over whether it’s Danny in the costume or Shane Richie.
One wrote on Twitter: “Pearly King is 1000% Danny Dyer SURELYYY.”
Another tweeted: “Pearly king – Danny Dyer or Shane Richie.”
The character dropped a bit of a clue that it was the Mick Carter actor remarking: “The panel’s guesses are dire.”
One added: “That seals it Pearly king is Danny Dyer.”