EastEnders' Dean Gaffney poses with daughters in quarantine

Former EastEnders star Dean Gaffney insisted ‘family is everything’ as he posed alongside his grown-up daughters while in coronavirus quarantine.

After expressing his thanks to loved ones for helping him to get through a rather tough year, the actor, who lost his role as Robbie Jackson in the soap back in October, highlighted how important family is during this trying time.

Taking to Instagram, Dean shared a selfie alongside Chloe and Charlotte, and captioned the snap: ‘Family really is everything at this time. ‘

The picture has already generated lots of reaction, with EastEnders co-star Lorraine Stanley, who plays Karen Taylor in the BBC soap, writing: ‘Beautiful ❤️ miss your face!’

Meanwhile, Towie’s Shelby Tribble added: ‘Stunning girls’ alongside a fire emoji.

Dean, who last month feared he may have had coronavirus symptoms, lost his EastEnders job and split from his girlfriend of three years Rebekah Ward back in 2019 and he recently admitted things haven’t been easy.

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Family really is everything at this time. 🙏❤️

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‘It was hard to get through last year, but I had friends and family around me who would always pick me up,’ he began. ‘I’ve always been happy-go-lucky.’

Dean has also praised his loved-ones for helping him get through a ‘form of depression’.

Speaking on Paul Danan’s The Morning After podcast, he continued: ‘I feel like with what happened last year, I lost my job and I had a breakdown of a relationship.

‘Both things happened within the space of six months. I think if I didn’t suffer from a form of depression at that point I don’t think I ever will.’

‘I think it’s having people around you, good friends and family,’ he added. ‘I do have a massive group of friends. I don’t mean that in a big-headed way.’

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