Dean Martin Gaffney (born 14 February 1978) is an English actor, known for his role as Robbie Jackson on the BBC soap opera EastEnders from 1993 to 2003 and 2017 to 2019; he also made guest appearances in 2004, 2010 and 2015. In 2006, he competed in the ITV series I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!, and finished in fifth place.
Gaffney was born in Hammersmith, London. He attended St Mark's Catholic School, Hounslow, and later trained at the Sylvia Young Theatre School in Marylebone and the Corona Theatre School in Kew Bridge.
Gaffney's first appearance as Robbie Jackson in EastEnders aired in December 1993, and he remained in the role for eleven years. In 2003, executive producer Louise Berridge made the decision to axe Gaffney along with the actress Bindya Solanki, who played his on-screen girlfriend Nita Mistry. In a press report, Berridge commented, "we do feel that the characters have reached the end of their natural course in the show, and they will both be leaving in Spring 2003". Gaffney made a further appearance in the soap, returning for a brief visit in 2004 for the wedding of his on-screen half-sister Sonia Jackson (portrayed by Natalie Cassidy).
On 25 October 2009, it was announced that Gaffney would briefly reprise his role as Jackson. In June 2015, it was announced that Gaffney would once again briefly reprise his role as part of Coulson's departure from the show. On 17 April 2017, it was announced that he would return to the soap full-time. Gaffney was written out of the soap in 2019 amid concerns over his behaviour off-set.
In November 2006, Gaffney appeared as a guest star on the long-running ITV serial drama The Bill. Gaffney played Gavin Josef, a cocky wide-boy who was connected to an assault investigation. In 2007, Gaffney toured with the Agatha Christie Theatre Company, performing The Unexpected Guest. He played Jan, a 19-year-old murder suspect with learning difficulties. During Christmas 2011, he appeared in pantomime at the Thurrock Thameside Theatre in Grays, Essex.
Reality television appearances
In 2003, Gaffney took part in the ITV reality television series The Club. Gaffney took on management of a bar in a London club named Nylon and competed with two other celebrities, Richard Blackwood and Samantha Fox, to be awarded the title of 'the most successful bar manager'. Gaffney was the eventual winner. Gaffney appeared on the 2006 series of the ITV reality series I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!. Gaffney eventually left the jungle in fifth place following a double eviction on Thursday 30 November 2006.
Gaffney lives in Hertford, Hertfordshire. He and Sarah Burge are the parents of twin daughters, Charlotte and Chloe. Gaffney and Burge were in a relationship for 10 years and were engaged. While appearing on I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!, Gaffney admitted to David Gest that he had an affair.
In January 2013, Gaffney suffered serious head injuries when a car he was travelling in collided with the central reservation on the A38 in Derby. Gaffney admitted he had not been wearing his seat belt at the time of the accident, and said "It could have been a lot worse. One inch down and I would have been blind. One inch up and I would have been brain damaged."
|1991||Waiting for Godot||The Boy|
|2007||The Unexpected Guest||Jan|
|2013||A Murder is Announced||Patrick Simmons|
|2013||Murder in Play||Simon Brett|
|2014||Peter Pan||Captain Hook|