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  • 31 January 2013, 16:46

Dean Gaffney: Ex-EastEnder Hurt In Car Crash

Former EastEnders actor Dean Gaffney is being treated in hospital for serious head injuries he suffered in a car crash.

The 34-year-old actor, who played Robbie Jackson in the BBC soap for 10 years, was hurt when his car hit the central reservation of a Derbyshire road.

His injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.

Derbyshire Police said: "We can confirm that a 34-year-old man was involved in a collision on the A38 at around 10.45pm last night.

"There was just one car involved that hit the central reservation.

"He was taken to Royal Derby Hospital where he received treatment for head injuries but those injuries aren't thought to be life-threatening."

Part of the A38 was closed for three hours after the crash.

Since leaving EastEnders in 2003, Gaffney has returned for several special appearances and also had roles in The Bill and a Ricky Gervais Christmas special. He has also taken part in reality TV shows The Club and I'm A Celebrity ... Get Me Out Of Here.

Dave Read, Mr Gaffney's agent, said the actor was on his way to a friend's house from a performance of the Agatha Christie murder mystery A Murder Is Announced at Derby Theatre when the accident happened.

He said: "He's got some nasty head injuries but the good news is that he's going to be OK.

"It was a bad crash and we're grateful it wasn't any worse."

Friends of the actor wished him well in messages posted on Twitter.

Actor Tamer Hassan wrote: "Can we all pray for my good friend Dean Gaffney who has just had a bad car accident and is fighting for his life."

A comment left by Steven Van Der Lammie said: "Whenever I've worked with Dean Gaffney, he's always been so kind and funny ... I really hope he pulls through his car accident! x"

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