Dean Gaffney ‘turned away’ from EastEnders co-star Barbara Windsor’s funeral amid coronavirus restrictions

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EastEnders star Dean Gaffney was reportedly “turned away” from Dame Barbara Windsor’s funeral on Friday 8 January.

Dean, 42, who has played Robbie Jackson on and off on the soap for a number of years, was snapped amongst the mourners to bid farewell to Barbara, following her tragic death aged 83.

The soap actor wore a face covering over his nose and mouth as he went to attend the service at Golders Green Crematorium in London.

But, it was reported that Covid-19 restrictions meant that only 30 mourners were allowed to attend the service and, according to The Sun Online, Dean was “left out in the cold”.

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Meanwhile, Barbara’s on-screen son Ross Kemp gave a touching speech at Dame Barbara’s funeral.

In the eulogy, obtained by The Sun Online Ross, 56, said: “If you walked down the road with Bar, you knew a five-minute walk would take you at least ten to 15 minutes.

“She had time for everyone and anyone, no matter who or what they were.

“She was a diplomat who could walk with queens and princes, gangsters and politicians but she never lost the common touch — she was just as happy having a quick chat with a plumber, baker or candlestick maker.”

Meanwhile former EastEnders star Martine McCutcheon shared a touching tribute to Barbara on her funeral day.

The 44 year old posted a black and white photo of a young Barbara on her Instagram and wrote a lengthy caption on the day of her funeral.

She said: “My Darling Barb, today is your funeral. I so wish the streets of London could be lined with all who loved you, but sadly in these times it's not an option – But know I'm thinking of you.

“I always did and I always will. You were an inspiration to me since I was 10 years old when we first worked together. I fell a bit in love with you even then.

“You were so glamorous, professional and you had a soft spot for me. I didn't leave your side whilst filming and I bought you a gift and was so upset on our last day!”

The Love Actually star went on to share the pair's experiences on the set of Eastenders and looked back on their times together with fondness.

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“When you remembered me 8 years later as young woman on my first day of Eastenders and said such kind things to me, my mind was blown… but I came to learn that was typical Barb, on the ball, kind and straight talking.

“I loved our chats in your dressing room and on set. Your words of wisdom and naughtiness are part of who I am. Thank you. Thinking of you today and always.

“Most of all I love you Barbara. A rare and true star will certainly be making heaven more sparkly. #thinkingofyou #bittersweet #restinpeace #love you,” Martine concluded.

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