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Dean Gaffney returning to EastEnders

Dean Gaffney is excited to be resuming his role as Robbie Jackson in EastEnders.

The 37-year-old played hapless Robbie Jackson for ten years until he was axed in 2003. But Dean got the call to return to the Square while in a supermarket with Coronation Street pal Ryan Thomas, and he couldn’t be more excited.

“I wasn’t really supposed to say anything but Ryan’s always known I’ve wanted to come home, so we were both over the moon,” he told British newspaper The Mirror.

Dean will film six episodes which will be shown later this summer and tie in with his on-screen mum Carol Jackson’s departure. He got the call from show boss Dominic Treadwell-Collins, who told the star that Robbie had been overlooked for some time and he was essential to giving Carol a good send-off.

“I’m going to get Dom drunk tonight and see if he’ll elongate it!” Dean added, admitting he’d love to stay on Albert Square for as long as possible.

The actor has made two brief returns to the soap since his departure 12 years ago, once for his sister Sonia’s wedding in 2004 and again for the show’s 25th anniversary special in 2010. But despite not starting filming for another couple of weeks, Dean has had the chance to see the set again for the first time in five years.

“It was very nostalgic to look around and to come back to somewhere where you spent a lot of your youth,” he told British newspaper The Sun. “All the shops have changed, the video shop I worked in with Nigel. It is just mad to be back.”

Robbie originally left the Square for a new life with widow Nita. But Dean added that when he returns this time, he will be a bachelor once again.

“Robbie comes back unhappy in love and single. I don’t know who he will have his eye on but Lacey Turner [who plays Stacey Branning] is brilliant,” he said. “I haven’t seen the scripts yet but I had a conversation with the script writer last week and there will be some good meaty stuff.”

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