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EastEnders' Dean Gaffney used to keep a chipolata in his pocket on set

The actor had an important reason for keeping food on set

Dean Gaffney used to always keep a chipolata in his pocket on the EastEnders set.

The soap star, who played Robbie Jackson on the BBC One show from 1993 to 2003, before returning in 2017 for another two-year stint, would make sure he was well stocked for mid-filming snacks on Albert Square in case his character's pet pooch Wellard felt peckish.

Speaking on Celebs Go Dating, he said: "I would always have snacks. Like little chipolata sausages in my pocket."

The Channel 4 programme's receptionist Tom Read Wilson quipped: "It's always good to have a sausage in your pocket."

Dean is currently on Celebs Go Dating (Credit: Channel 4)

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Not one to miss an opportunity, the dating show's narrator Rob Beckett joked the chipolata was the reason Dot wouldn't act out any scenes with him.

He teased: "Apparently that's why Dot Cotton refused to do any scenes with him - and wouldn't wash his clothes."

June Brown, who has played Dot for 35 years, previously insisted she is done with life on the soap and turned down a "retainer", which would have allowed her to return in the future despite not being on set since November.

She recently said: "I don't want a retainer for EastEnders, I've left. I've left for good.

June Brown recently quit EastEnders after 35 years playing Dot (Credit: BBC)

"I've sent her off to Ireland where she'll stay. I've left EastEnders. I did make up a limerick. It's a bit dirty.

"I went back to do a good story. Alas and alack, when I got back it had gone up in smoke.

"I got a small part, a very small part. And that ended up as a big wet fart. Alas and alack, I will never go back."

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

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

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In a recent interview with The Sun, he claimed that his dismissal was "harsh" but admitted that he had hit "self-destruct" at the time of the firing.

Speaking to the paper, he said: "I have a self-destruct button and people can't understand why I press it. I have no idea why I pressed it."

However, he continued to say that the door may be open for him to return as his beloved character Robbie Jackson eventually.

He explained: "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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