Despite being quietly axed back in 2019, Dean Gaffney has stated that he will ‘probably go back to the role that made him famous on EastEnders.
The 44-year-old actor, who rose to fame as Robbie Jackson, said the soap ‘changed my life and that it was his ‘dream’ to return.
With his first appearance in mid-December 1993, he appeared in a total of 978 episodes in the very easy’ role.
He then appeared on the show on a regular basis until 2004, when he returned in 2010, 2015, and 2017, and stayed on until 2019.
Dean said on The Matt Haycox Show podcast, ‘The thing is, I’ll get that 1,000th [episode] because I’ll probably go back at some point.’
‘The worst part about missing out on the 1,000-episode mark is that the powers that be come down, bring flowers, and make a big deal out of you.’
‘On EastEnders, I’ve been bouncing back and forth like a yo-yo.’ Probably more than any other actor or actress on the show, he or she has appeared five or six times.
‘My first assignment lasted just over 11 years.’ I’m guessing I’d have gotten to around 700 episodes by then. If you’re in them, it’s very easy to rack up those episodes.
‘However, unless you’re Danny Dyer and work at the Queen Vic, you won’t appear in every episode.’
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‘I believe Perry Fenwick [Billy Mitchell] got it the last time I was there, because he did 1,000 episodes in 18 years.’
‘EastEnders is 10 minutes up the road from where I live, so going back would be a dream come true,’ he added.
‘It’s the majority of people’s pensions, people who have been there for a long time.’ It’s also my home. It’s all part of the family.’
After he allegedly ‘bombarded’ dental nurse Theresa Hayman, 26, with lewd social media messages in which he queried her breast size and requested racy snaps, the actor was fired from the soap.
In a 2020 interview, the soap star, who is said to have bedded over 1,000 women, blamed his actions on a “self-destruct button” and complained that “the life of an actor is hard” because he is now unemployed as a result of the scandal.
‘I have a self-destruct button, and people don’t understand why I press it, and I don’t know why I pressed it,’ Dean continued.
‘I think EastEnders just said “enough is enough” – and I don’t blame them; they told me, “either you are 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.”
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He said he understands why he was fired after a period of self-reflection that included a wellness retreat, but he hopes for a second chance.
After appearing on I’m A Celebrity…, Dean has set his sights on a bigger reality TV role. I have to get out of here!
‘I’ve obviously done the jungle, and if Strictly Come Dancing knocks on your door, you have to consider it, because it’s a very different vehicle,’ he said on the podcast.
‘In reality [shows], there is a hierarchy.’ It’s believable. What you turn down and what you accept must be carefully considered.
‘Money is what makes the world go round; we all need to earn money, but you must also consider what you will accept and what you desire.’
‘As a result, I would not do a show that would jeopardize my reputation.’
‘Of course, Strictly Come Dancing.’ Isn’t this the Mecca?’