DANI Dyer’s guest role on EastEnders will be screened the same week her boyfriend Sammy Kimmence faces jail.
The 24-year-old filmed the special scenes for the one-off appearance with her dad Danny, 43, a few weeks ago after being approached by soap bosses.
But just days later on April 19 boyfriend Sammy, 25, pleaded guilty to scamming two pensioners out of £34k.
He was due to stand trial that day at Portsmouth Crown Court having previously denied all charges.
Sammy admitted posing as a financial investor to commit fraud and the judge warned the offences were so serious he could face jail when sentenced on June 11.
And in a cruel twist of fate for Love Island winner Dani it now means his sentencing will be the same week she hits screens in the BBC soap.
A source said: “Dani has always wanted a part in EastEnders so to get the opportunity to film a few scenes with her dad was a dream come true.
“Bosses came to her about the little guest role and of course she jumped at the chance.
“She was buzzing to be on set with her dad and didn’t care that she’s only going to be in it for a few minutes.
“The whole family were all so excited but then Sammy pleaded guilty and got given his date for sentencing.
“And sadly for Dani it’s all happening the same week.”
EastEnders films eight weeks in advance and with storylines planned months ahead nothing can be done about the timing.
The source added: “Dani knows exactly how to get herself maximum exposure for a role like this but she’s not doing any interviews because of Sammy’s sentencing.
“She hasn’t spoke publicly about Sammy’s crimes and is trying to distance herself from it even though they are still very much together.
“There’s a real possibility that he could go to prison especially as one of his victims has since died.”
Sammy duped Peter Martin, 90, and Peter Haynes, 80, after persuading the vulnerable pensioners to allow him to invest their money for them.
His victims were said to have been clients at a legitimate investment company where Kimmence previously worked.
Portsmouth Crown Court heard Kimmence took the clients on when the business stopped operating, falsely claiming he was authorised to provide financial services.
Mr Martin died in November last year aged 91, while Mr Haynes suffers from Alzheimer’s.
Dani and Sammy welcomed their son Santiago back in January.
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