EastEnders’ Dean Gaffney reveals he will ‘definitely’ return to play Robbie after getting axed


DEAN Gaffney has revealed he will “definitely” be returning to EastEnders to play Robbie after getting the axe.

The 42-year-old got the boot from the BBC soap last year after a string of boozed-up disasters and kiss-and-tell scandals behind the scene.

Dean Gaffney says he will reprise his role in EastEnders

The final straw came when he begged a mum-of-two on Facebook to send him snaps of her boobs and bum after he wrote flirty texts to the 26-year-old dental nurse.

But despite being written out, Dean– who played Robbie Jackson from 1993 to 2019 – has said he has now had meetings with bosses about a comeback.

He told The Daily Star on Sunday: “I had a meeting with the boss and they said, ‘The door is left open for Robbie and we will definitely see you in the future’.

“It will happen at some point. It’s just a case of when it happens. So I can’t complain about that.

Dean got the axe from playing Robbie last year

“It’s nice to know. It’s a bit cliched to say it, but I have been associated with that show on and off for 27 years and that’s a big chunk of my life.”

He previously dropped a hint he would be returning when he attended the recent 35th anniversary bash.

Speaking to The Sun Online recently Dean revealed he was still very much part of the EastEnders  family.

He said: “The good thing is there is no animosity we me and EastEnders. I am going along to the 35th anniversary party on Friday – there is no problem.

“There is no issue there, it was just a shock at the time because you are like ‘oh my god, how can this be happening’ but I have to take full responsibility that I did have that conversation.

He says he has met with bosses and will be back

“I knew the rules and the rules are in this day and age and in this current climate you can’t be putting yourself in harm’s way speaking to someone you don’t know personally.”

Discussing why he was let go, he revealed that bosses wanted him to come back saying: “I think EastEnders just thought enough is enough — and I don’t blame them.

“They said to me, ‘You are either really bad at picking women or you need to sort it out. You need to go off and find out why you are doing these things’.

“They were saying they loved me and wanted me to come back and they wished it wasn’t happening  — but it is happening and they need to deal with it.”


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