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Eastenders Star Set For Panto In Runcorn!

Dean Gaffney's set to star in Aladdin in Runcorn

Eastenders star Dean Gaffney will be performing in the panto, Aladdin, at the Brindley Arts Centre.

Eastenders and I'm A Celebrity star Dean Gaffney is the first star to be revealed for this year's spectacular panto Aladdin, at Halton Borough Council's multi-award winning Brindley Arts Centre.

Sylvia Young Theatre School-trained Dean is best known for his role as Robbie Jackson in BBC’s “Eastenders” and his bush-tucker heroics in IASGMOH - And as you may have read in the tabloids, he is set to return to the soap.

He will play Wishee Washee in the show, which will run from from Thursday 10 December, 2015 and Sunday 10 January, 2016, in Runcorn.

Dean arrived in Albert Square in 1993 as part of the Jackson family and established Robbie as one of television’s most popular characters.

He said: "The Brindley is a lovely venue and I am really excited to be playing Wishee Washee again for Polka Dot Pantomimes.

"Audiences will love the chaos and splendour that the production has to offer. I have lots of friends that live in Manchester who are all going to support me by watching the show, and I can’t wait to get started.”

His previous television credits include : Terry Jakes in ‘The Bill’ (Talkback Thames) and Mickey Drake in Oasis (Carlton TV) and most recently on the ITV show 'True Crime'.

Film credits include: ‘The Power Of One’ and ‘Young Indiana Jones’ both for Warner Bros.

As a boy Dean made his theatre debut appearing at the Queen’s Theatre in London’s West End in Samuel Beckett’s ‘Waiting for Godot’.

More recently he headlined a tour for Bill Kenwright of ‘Unexpected Guest’ . He also had fun with Ricky Gervais in his series ‘Extras’ and in Harry Hills ‘TV Burp’ .

Dean recently appeared in the hugely popular children's show MI HIgh . And on a recent tour, he also had the pleasure of breaking box office records with Calendar Girls.

Hewas in the No 1 UK Tour of ‘A Murder is Announced’ and then went straight into the next production playing the lead in ‘Murder in Play'. Dean has been touring the UK in "The Pickwick Papers" playing Sam Weller.

Lets Dance for Comic Relief saw Dean and his fellow 'Soapstars' get through to the grand final of the show eventually losing out to Anthony Cotton ! His efforts helped raise over £1m for Comic Relief.

Earlier this year Dean starred in the hugely successful viral campaign for MARMITE and said he is thrilled to be
paying a vist back to Albert Square to make sure that all is well (or not!) with his Eastenders Family.

Performances will run from Thursday 10 December, 2015 and Sunday 10 January, 2016 which will include some schools performances.

Halton Borough Council's Executive Board Member for The Arts, Cllr Phil Harris, said: "Book early for the Brindley's spectacular festive pantomime Aladdin and get the best seats in the house.

"Expect spectacular scenery, dazzling costumes, amazing special effects and some truly magical surprises." 

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