Former EastEnders star Dean Gaffney has applied to MI5 for a job! No, really!

by Lynn Connolly

As Robbie Jackson, his character on EastEnders, the nearest Dean Gaffney got to being a spy was tracking down the truth about what happened to his much loved pet, Wellard…

However, The Sun today reports that Dean has revealed that he’s applied for a job with British intelligence service MI5, who of course exist to protect the UK against threats from terrorism and espionage.

He told the paper that he’d seen an ad online advertising the vacancy of Mobile Surveillance Officer with the secret service.

He said, “I’ve got an enquiring mind, so I thought I’d give it a go. I love spy films and the whole James Bond thing.

“MI5 put out an advert looking for people and I thought, ‘How hard can it be?’

“Most spies spend their lives pretending to be people who they’re not. I do that for a living.”

The paper adds that the MI5 ad read, “Join us as a Mobile Surveillance Officer at MI5 and help keep people across the UK safe.

“A valued member of a diverse team, you’ll follow subjects of national security investigations by foot and by car.

“Your observation skills, quick thinking and ability to fit into your environment means you’ll be able to make a big contribution.”

And though it has to be said that Dean’s showbiz profile has been somewhat low of late – following his stint on ‘Enders and having starred in the 2006 series of I’m A Celebrity – I would guess he’s still relatively recognizable, so he may encounter difficulty going incognito on missions, and may find those he’s tailing call out to him, “Where’s Wellard?”

A friend of Dean’s told the paper,“There wasn’t much acting work around so Dean had a look at what else was out there.

“That’s when he saw the MI5 advert and figured it was worth applying.

“He’s not heard back yet — but fingers crossed.”

Yeah, you might want to uncross them for fear of terminal cramp due to the very long wait…

Anyway, here’s a reminder of Dean in EastEnders…

Lynn is an editor and writer here at Unreality TV and is trained psychotherapist and the author of two books. She's addicted to soaps, period drama and reality TV shows such as X Factor, I'm A Celeb and Big Brother.