The 40-year-old actor, who first played Robbie Jackson back in 1993, spoke to press including at The Pride of Britain Awards 2018.

Opening up about his EastEnders character’s rollercoaster love life, Dean Gaffney said “it would be nice” for Robbie to find romance again.

“He had a great time with Donna, obviously, and now she’s gone he’s kind of moping around the Square,” he said.

“It would be nice to get a bit of love back in his life.”

Asked who could be a good match in the future, Dean replied: “Honey [Mitchell] is good, I think Honey’s a good character because she’s kind of ditzy, a bit like Robbie.

“It would work well, I think,” he teased.

Earlier this year, Robbie was left heartbroken when Donna Yates (played by Lisa Hammond) left Albert Square after it was revealed she planted drugs on Rainie Branning (Tanya Franks).

Despite the couple having just moved in together, she made a hasty exit, leaving him devastated at losing his lover.

Could Robbie’s broken heart be mended by quirky Honey (Emma Barton)?

Currently, she has a new romance on the go with Adam Bateman (Stephen Rahman-Hughes).

Her ex Billy Mitchell (Perry Fenwick) is keen to come between them, however, and, as usual, nothing is set in stone in Walford.

Meanwhile, Dean also dropped a clue about the ever dramatic EastEnders Christmas storyline.

“Christmas in Walford is always a special occasion and it never goes right,” he said, adding mysteriously: “That’s all I can say.”

On the subject of the always rather depressing plots which came to fruition over the festive period, he said: “I think the audience likes that in a weird kind of way.”

Following the news three EastEnders legends are set to be brought back into the soap, Dean remained tight-lipped on the identities of the returning characters, insisting he knew nothing.

“I’m intrigued!” he said, saying he “wished” it was Pasty Palmer as Bianca Jackson. 

“I think she’s living in America at the moment, in Miami or wherever it is, having a great time,” he explained. “I wouldn’t want to come back if I was in Miami!”

Dean initially played Robbie on EastEnders from 1993 until 2003, returning occasionally for brief appearances in the years which followed.

He made an official comeback to the BBC soap last year, with Robbie getting a promotion from street sweeper to market inspector.

EastEnders continues tomorrow at 7.30pm on BBC One.



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