Eastenders has parted ways with Dean Gaffney, 41, who plays Robbie Jackson after claims were made that the star sought personal photographs from a stranger online.

Soap fans would have noticed in the story line recently, that Gaffney's character was leaving to spend some time with his onscreen son in India, but they were unaware that it was earlier than planned.

He has since posted on social media that he is on a holistic retreat in Southern Spain.

The Press Association news outlet has said that information from a source has revealed that: "Bosses have left the door open for his character, so there's always the chance that one day he might be able to return."

An EastEnders spokeswoman said: "We never discuss artists' contracts." 

Gaffney has had a long standing role with the soap from 1993 to 2003 and again from 2017 to 2019.

He also was on I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here in 2007 and spent a night in a jungle pit with rats, spiders and snakes in order to win food for the camp.

Gaffney recently broke up with his girlfriend Rebekah Rose-Ward.

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