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Dean Gaffney hopes crash scar will get him work

Dean Gaffney hopes his huge scar on his head will help him get more acting work.

The former 'EastEnders' star was involved in a serious car accident last month which left him hospitalised for four days with doctors fearing he may have brain damage.

But Dean has made a full recovery and is now back at home and is able to see the funny side of his ordeal, including making light of the huge gash across the left side of his forehead and the prospect of it improving his chances of playing a James Bond villain.

He told The Sun newspaper: ''People keep saying, 'It's fine you can play a character actor, a baddie.' I wanted to be 007 but now I've got more chance of being a Bond villain.

''I wasn't getting Hollywood movies before so maybe the scar will work in my favour. My agent even joked, 'Dean, the things you do to get better roles.' ''

Dean - who has twin 16-year-old daughters Chloe and Charlotte with his long-term partner Sarah Burge - smashed his Mini into a crash barrier as he was driving along an A-road on his way to his 'EastEnders' friend Des Coleman's Derby home and he admits he was an ''idiot'' for not wearing a seatbelt which meant his airbags were not activated and his head hit the steering wheel.

The 34-year-old actor - who shot to fame playing Robbie Jackson in the BBC One soap - was knocked unconscious in the accident and when he came round he thought he was going to die.

He said: ''One minute I'm driving along and then bang! The car is totalled and I'm lying in the passenger seat looking out at my blood-splattered dashboard.

''I was hysterical and I'm not afraid to admit I was crying like a baby and pleading with the paramedics to save me. I was covered in blood and I just kept saying over and over, 'You've got to help me. I've got two children, please don't let me die, please don't let me die.' I could feel the blood gushing out of my head.''

Amazingly Dean - who has praised staff at Derby Royal Hospital for their care - is set to return to work just weeks after his near-fatal crash and will be taking part in BBC show 'Let's Dance for Comic Relief' and his role in an Agatha Christie play.

11-02-2013

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