EastEnders' Dean Gaffney: 'They say you can't have Robbie without Wellard'

Published Monday, Jul 20 2015, 10:25 BST  |  By  |  Add comment
Dean Gaffney has suggested talks are underway at EastEnders about how Wellard could possibly return to the show…

The iconic dog starred in the show for 14 years before being put to sleep… but now that owner Robbie Jackson – aka Dean – is coming back, could Wellard be raised from the dead?!

Speaking to The Sun, actor Dean said talks were happening about how Wellard could return, adding: "They are saying you can't have Robbie without Wellard. Who knows what will happen."

Dean Gaffney and Wellard (the dog) were reunited on the show after several years apart.
16 Feb 2010

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Dean was reunited with Wellard in 2010.

The last time we saw Robbie as a regular on the Square was 2003. He left to live in India with girlfriend Nita Mistry. Robbie made brief appearances again in 2004 for Sonia and Martin's wedding and 2010 for Bianca and Ricky's wedding, where he found out Wellard had died.

He was quoted in the Sunday People last month as saying: "Wellard was incredibly popular with viewers and made a great double act with Robbie. I remember at one meeting on the show with producers one of them said they could kill anyone off - but not Wellard.

"I recall when I left there were stories that I was told my character was being written out but my dog wasn't - it was a case of my told 'You go - the dog stays'. It would be difficult because in dogs he'd be about 175 and there's the small problem of him being dead.

"But they brought Kathy Beale back so you never know, they could bring Welllard back too - or maybe a new, younger version of him. I always remember the criticism that hurt me most was the person who wrote that Wellard was a better actor than me."

Robbie's one of EastEnders' most iconic characters so we cannot WAIT to get him back on screens. He said last month: "I am honoured that Dominic and all at EastEnders have decided to open the door and find out where Robbie's been and what he's been up to."

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