EastEnders’ Dean Gaffney drops MAJOR spoiler about Christmas 2018 in Walford

He plays Robbie Jackson

Dean Gaffney

by Emma Dodds |
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EastEnders actor Dean Gaffney has just dropped a MAHUSIVE spoiler about this year's Christmas episode. Of course, as all soap fans know, writers always use the Christmas Day episode to think up the most dramatic and gasp-inducing storylines - and it sounds like this year in Walford will be no different.

Dean, who has played Robbie Jackson on the soap on and off from 1993, spoke out at last night's Inside Soap Awards (22nd Oct) - and revealed that this year's festivities would see the return of an 'iconic' character.


Speaking to Digital Spy at the event in London, Dean coyly said, "It’s Christmas in Walford - it speaks for itself. We’ve got a returnee coming back, which is exciting.

"For me, personally, I'm a good friend of this person — whoever they may be! I think they're iconic with EastEnders. There's certain people that come back to a show, they might not add to it, but this person definitely adds to it."

He added that it was "good to have this person back," and that viewers will find their Christmas storyline "very interesting."

Swipe through to see all the EastEnders spoilers you need to know for this week...


Eastenders spoilers week 44

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Hayley's baby is due, and she fears that Alfie will soon be exposed as the father

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So she makes plans to leave Walford...

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She calls a mother and baby hostel for help, but they tell her she has to have the baby first.

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She enlists Mariam's help but to no avail. However, when Karen offers her own advice,

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Hayley gets a shock when her waters break and she rushes into the cab to drive to the hospital.

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However, things turn disastrous when the cab breaks down - and Hayley is forced to give birth alone.

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Keanu and Kat frantically search for Hayley and when they see the abandoned cab and hear a baby cry, they discover Hayley unconscious and call an ambulance.

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Bernadette and Tiffany are trick or treating.

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While they're out, they hear a cry for help...

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Not realising that it's Hayley, they ignore it.

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Carmel makes a big decision about her future...

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Meanwhile, Keegan is furious when he sees someone has defaced Shakil's poster but is disappointed by Carmel's reaction when he pushes her to take action.

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Carmel later tells Denise at The Vic that she's worried about Keegan.

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When the Taylors arrive without him, Carmel senses something is wrong and rushes to find him.

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Billy & Honey bring the children over to Jack's for a Halloween party but when Adam arrives, Billy offers to watch the children alone, glad to get rid of Adam.

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After encouraging Martin to go out with Jay and Robbie, Ruby suggests a girl's night with Stacey at The Vic.

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Elsewhere, Billy decides to self-medicate his injured tooth with alcohol and painkillers.

Of course, Dean wouldn't budge over giving any more clues about the identity of the mystery returning character - but viewers will surely be hoping for the return of Dean's character Robbie's sister Bianca Jackson, played by Patsy Palmer.

This comes after the return of Dr Harold Legg, played by Leonard Fenton - one of the soap's original characters and a friend of Dot Cotton, played by June Brown.

Fans of the soap have also seen the return of Ruby Allen, played by Louisa Lytton, who came back to Albert Square after 12 years away to reunite with her friend Stacey Slater - but has seen her take on a troubling rape storyline.

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