We'll take it that Danny Dyer isn't a One Direction fan after he accused the band of having 'no soul' and called them 'pretty unremarkable kinds of blokes'

Their new single may be called Perfect – but Danny Dyer reckons One Direction are anything but!

The EastEnders star has slammed the boy band for being ‘bland’, accusing their music of having ‘no soul’ and admitting to being baffled by their success.

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In his new autobiography, The World According to Danny Dyer, the star takes aim at Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne and Niall Horan, writing: ‘Media training is what’s wrong with bands nowadays. Look at One Direction – to me their music isn’t bad but there’s no soul to it.

‘I do not understand how they’ve sold more than The Beatles and The Stones. How can that be? I’ve met ’em and they’re OK but pretty unremarkable kinds of blokes.

‘Most of ’em are so bland and nothingy that you wonder if they could get an automatic door to open for ’em. I’ve seen holograms with more presence.’

He added: ‘They’ve had media training along with all the others that come off The X Factor.

‘Who would you rather listen to in an interview, Harry Styles or Noel Gallagher?

‘I’m sure Noel would have been advised against calling his brother a slag but it’s a sight more entertaining than Harry telling you what his favourite colour is.’

Elsewhere in his book, Danny recounts his first ever sexual experience – involving a pub, a couple of strippers and a strap-on dildo. We kid you not.

Writing about the experience, Danny says: ‘‘Look, ya’ve been warned. This is not for the faint-hearted. Nor the weak stomached. To be honest, I wish I could blank it from my mind.’

The World According to Danny Dyer: Life Lessons from the East End is out on Thursday.