Injured star Dean Gaffney is 'recovering well' after crash in Derby, says his family
FORMER EastEnders star Dean Gaffney, who was injured in a car crash in Derby, is "recovering well" according to his family.
The 34-year-old had been performing in Agatha Christie's A Murder is Announced at Derby Theatre.
He was on his way back to a friend's house after the show on Wednesday night when the Mini he was driving hit the central reservation of the southbound A38.
Mr Gaffney, who has twin daughters, was taken to the Royal Derby Hospital after the accident, which happened at 10.45pm.
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He was playing the role of Patrick but since the collision understudy Mark Martin has substituted for him in the show. Last night, Mr Martin was unable for comment.
But a spokeswoman from Derby Theatre said MrMartin was "extremely well received" by the audience and was expected to continue to stand in for Dean for the remaining performances taking place today.
A statement from Dean and partner Sarah said: "Dean and his family would like to thank everyone for their good wishes and can confirm that he is recovering well."
The final performances of the show are taking place this afternoon and this evening.
Support for the former EastEnders star has been shown through social networking site Twitter.
BBC EastEnders tweeted: "Everyone here at Albert Sq sending our best wishes to EE legend Dean Gaffney after his car crash."
Fans have also tweeted their best wishes on Twitter.
Stacey 'Tinker' Hughes posted: "Hope Dean Gaffney will be ok – thoughts with him and his family."
Dan Waldren posted "Get well soon" while @bronson said: "Good luck to Dean Gaffney hope he is better soon."
Mr Gaffney, who lives in Dorking, Surrey, first joined the EastEnders cast in 1993, playing Robbie Jackson.
His character was written out of the soap in 2003 but he made a brief appearance in 2010.
In 2006, he took part in the ITV reality show I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here where he undertook bush-tucker trials in the Australian jungle alongside fellow camp mates including Matt Willis, from the band Busted, and singer and actor Jason Donovan.
Mr Gaffney's agent, Dave Read, said after the crash: "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 are grateful it wasn't any worse."