EASTENDERS favourite Dean Gaffney has vowed to “go back” to the soap that made him famous – before hinting at a “mecca” telly role.
The Robbie Fowler actor, 44, spoke candidly about his “very easy” soap gig, which saw him clock up a grand total of 978 episodes.
Ex EastEnders star Dean Gaffney has teased his return to the BBC One soapCredit: BackGrid
The Robbie Fowler actor has not yet reached his 1,000 show milestoneCredit: BBC
Giving a nod to a return, Dean raised hopes as he said: “The thing is, I’ll get that 1,000th [episode] because I will, at some point, probably go back.
“The saddest thing [about missing out on the milestone] is when you get to 1,000 episodes the powers that be come down, bring some flowers and make a big fuss of you.
”I’ve been back and forwards like a yo-yo now on EastEnders. Five or six times, probably the most of any actor or actress on the show.
“My first stint was for just under 11 years. I think I would’ve got to around 700 episodes then. It’s very easy to rack up those episodes if you’re in them.
“But unless you’re Danny Dyer and you’re in the Queen Vic you’re not going to be in every episode.
”I think Perry Fenwick [Billy Mitchell] got it the last time I was there, he did 1,000 episodes, but he was there like 18 years.
“EastEnders is 10 minutes up the road from where I live, so, of course, that would be the dream [to go back].
“It’s most people’s pensions, people who are there long-term. And it’s home. It’s all a family.”
Dean told how the most taxing part of the high profile role was learning his lines – and not bringing the show into disrepute.
Yet despite teasing another stint on Albert Square, the dad of two has told how he has his sights set on something more glitzy.
Hinting at a big new reality TV role, the star, who became a grandfather at 43, said: “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.
“There’s a hierarchy in reality [shows]. It’s credible. You have to be box clever about what you turn down and what you accept.
“Money makes the world go round, we all have to earn money, but you also have to think of what you will accept and what you want.
“So I wouldn’t do a show that would harm my reputation.
“So Strictly Come Dancing, of course. It’s the Mecca isn’t it?”
Dean, 44, candidly told how his soap gig was ‘really easy’Credit: BBC
Dean told how he had been ‘back and forward like a yo yo’ on the soap
The soap star also has his sights set on Strictly Come DancingCredit: Getty
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