It’s been reported today that former EastEnders star Dean Gaffney – who recently survived an horrific car crash during which he sustained serious head injuries – has been spotted visiting the set of Coronation Street, prompting speculation that he may be joining the cast.
And of course, if he did, he’d be joining his former ‘Enders co-star Michelle Collins, who plays Stella Price in Corrie. She formerly played the role of Cindy Beale in EastEnders.
Of his visit to the ITV soap’s set, the Mirror reports, “His seatbelt was firmly clicked into place as Dean drove to Weatherfield to pay a visit to the Coronation Street set.
“Sporting a prominent scar on his forehead which he gained in the crash, Dean was all smiles as he leaned out of his window and signed autographs for fans.”
However, it seems sources close to Dean denied that he was in talks to join the cast of Coronation Street, and instead claimed that he was merely visiting friends on-set.
Apropos of his crash, which saw his car ploughing into the central reservation of a road in Derby, Dean recently told Daybreak viewers that he considered himself lucky to be alive after admitting he wasn’t wearing a seatbelt at the time of the smash.
He said, “I’m very lucky. You hit the nail on the head there about the seatbelt.
“I know I’m a naughty boy and it takes something like this – I always learn the hard way in my life.”
He added that he couldn’t explain why he didn’t put his belt on for the trip.
He said, “It was just, I can’t even answer that question, it was just I was pulling out the theatre I was working in on a play, an Agatha Christie play, and I was pulling out of the theatre and I was reversing…
“Then I just completely forgot and then drove on my merry way and 20 minutes later this happened.
“There’s so many different things that could have happened that made me not walk away from it to be honest.
“I was trapped inside. It reads worse than it actually was. I mean the fact that I didn’t have the seatbelt on.
“The NHS really looked after me and I want to say thank you to those guys – and they said that had I been wearing a seatbelt I probably would have just got whiplash and I would have walked away with none of this.
“It could have been a lot worse. One inch down and I would have been blind, and one inch up I would have been brain damaged.
“So there’s so many things that could have gone wrong and the fact that I’m able to walk away and obviously you’ve got this campaign with the seatbelt thing, it’s so important.
“I can’t stress that enough.”
He certainly was very lucky! Here’s a reminder of Dean on EastEnders as Robbie Jackson…