Dean Gaffney

Dean Gaffney reveals tough time after losing EastEnders job and relationship break-up

Dean split from his girlfriend Rebekah last year

Dean Gaffney has opened up about a tough time after losing his job on EastEnders and going through a breakup.

However he revealed he’s grateful to his friends and family for getting him through a difficult 2019.

The actor lost his job on the soap and split from his girlfriend Rebekah Ward last year.

But the “happy-go-lucky” star, who has played Robbie Jackson on and off on the BBC One soap since 1993, has praised his pals for “always picking me up”.

Dean played Robbie on and off from 1993 until 2019 (Credit: BBC)

He said: “It was hard to get through last year, but I had friends and family around me who would always pick me up.

“I’ve always been happy-go-lucky.”

The 42-year-old star also credited his friends and family for helping him to avoid feeling “a form of depression” last year.

I lost my job and I had a breakdown of a relationship.

Speaking on Paul Danan’s The Morning After podcast, he added: “I feel like with what happened last year, I lost my job and I had a breakdown of a relationship. Both things happened within the space of six months.

Dean and Rebekah split last year (Credit:

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“I think if I didn’t suffer from a form of depression at that point I don’t think I ever will.

“I think it’s having people around you, good friends and family.

Dean added: “I do have a massive group of friends. I don’t mean that in a big-headed way.”

Why did Dean lose his job on EastEnders?

Dean was axed from the soap last year after a report in the Daily Star claimed he begged a stranger to send him inappropriate pictures via a string of Facebook messages.

Dean lost his job on EastEnders (Credit: BBC)

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Dean recently claimed he could return to Albert Square in a “couple of years”, after soap bosses left the door open for his return.

He said: “When I left last June, they said, ‘Come back to us in a couple of years.’

“The door is open so let’s hope they are true to their word and it happens.”

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