Five years after his last stint, EastEnders fave Dean Gaffney is returning to the Square once again...
Guess who’s back, again…! It’s the Square’s one and only Dean Gaffney. Dean, who played one of the best-loved EastEnders characters of all time – market sweeper Robbie Jackson with his pet dog Wellard – left the show in 2004 after eleven years and then returned for a short stint in 2010 when he walked his sister Bianca (Patsy Palmer) down the aisle, before returning to India after his wife Nita fell pregnant. Now Dean’s set to make another big return later this year as part of his on-screen mum, Carol, played by Lindsey Coulson’s, exit storyline, but scriptwriters are keeping the scenes a big secret.
Dean says: “I am honoured that Dominic and all at EastEnders have decided to open the door and find out where Robbie’s been and what he’s been up to.”
In real life, Dean revealed in 2012 that he had applied for a job at M15 as a mobile surveillance officer.
‘I love spy films and the whole James Bond thing and I’ve got an inquiring mind, so I thought I’d give it a go,’ Dean told The Sun. ‘MI5 put out an advert looking for people and I thought “How hard can it be?”. Most spies spend their lives pretending to be people who they’re not. I do that for a living.’
He appeared in panto and won the hearts of the nation all over again on I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here. Fans will remember the hilarious moment he was not well hard on his bush tucker trial when he was left terrified of the jungle grub.
These days Dean is mistaken on a daily basis for the world’s richest male supermodel, David Gandy.
‘Not a day goes by when someone doesn’t compare us’, he said. ‘It’ll be interesting to meet him. I know he’s done various talk shows, like Alan Carr and Graham Norton, and they’ve said to him, “You know you do look like Dean Gaffney”, and he smiled. ‘He must get it as much as I must get it. I’m not sure which one of us is offended.’
Recently he’s been tipped as the latest rumoured celebrity to be entering the CBB house this summer, alongside TOWIE’s Gemma Collins.
Good to have you back on the box, Dean!