Barbara Windsor’s EastEnders co-star Dean Gaffney turned away from funeral

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Dean Gaffney, DAME Barbara’s EastEnders co-star, showed up to pay tribute to her but was turned down.

The Covid restrictions meant only 30 mourners were allowed to attend the service, leaving Gaffney, 42, in the cold.

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EastEnders star Dean Gaffney attended Babs’ funeral but was turned downCredit: Rex Features
The star wore a brown tie and face mask9
The star wore a brown tie and face maskCredit: CLICK ON NEWS AND MEDIA
Dame Barbara passed away in December of last year
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Dame Barbara passed away in December of last yearCredit: PA: Press Association
Dean Gaffney starred alongside legendary Babs in EastEnders
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Dean Gaffney starred alongside legendary Babs in EastEndersCredit: BBC

The actor, who played hapless Robbie Fowler in the soap opera, arrived in a dark suit, brown tie, and face mask, which was mandatory for all participants.

Fans who waited outside said there would have been hundreds inside and thousands on the streets had there not been a lockdown.

Gaffney played Robbie road sweeper from 1993 before being sacked after 10 years.

Robbie Fowler was a road sweeper and his dog Wellard was considered as famous as the character.

Dean played hapless Robbie Fowler in the soap9
Dean played hapless Robbie Fowler in the soapCredit: Getty Images
Dean's character was famous for his dog, Wellard
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Dean’s character was famous for his dog, WellardCrédits: Getty Images – Getty
Covid restrictions meant only 30 mourners were allowed to attend Babs' service
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Covid restrictions meant only 30 mourners were allowed to attend Babs’ serviceCredit: PA: Press Association
Christopher Biggins attended the funeral in north London
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Christopher Biggins attended the funeral in north LondonCredit: PA: Press Association
Husband Scott Mitchell arriving to greet the bereaved
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Husband Scott Mitchell arriving to greet the bereavedCrédits: Getty Images – Getty

He returned in 2017 but left two years later.

Her character’s sister is Sonia Jackson, played by Natalie Cassidy.

Fans who waited outside said without lockdown restrictions, Dame Barbara’s funeral would have been attended by hundreds and thousands outside.

Relatives of Dame Barbara Windsor were found to bid farewell to EastEnders legend during her funeral

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