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EastEnders’ Dean Gaffney over the moon as he becomes first-time grandad aged 43

EastEnders legend Dean Gaffney has become a grandad for the first time.

The 43-year-old TV personality logged into his social media account on Tuesday to share the sweet news.

Proud Dean announced to his followers that his daughter Chloe, 24, has given birth to a little girl named Mimi.

Posting a cute picture of himself cradling the bundle of joy, Dean wrote: "Welcome to this crazy world, my beautiful granddaughter Mimi.

“I am very happy to announce I am a GRANDAD.

He continued: “I can’t believe my baby is now a mother, proud is an understatement. Chloe and Declan you’re going to be amazing parents. Baby Mimi, born: 07.07.2021.. 7 pound 14oz.

Making a joke of age, he added: "Just to thank everyone in advance, I know I don’t look old enough to be a father let alone a grandfather!"

Dean, who is famed for playing rubbish collector Robbie Jackson on the BBC One soap, is father to stunning twins Charlotte and Chloe Burge.

Dean met Charlotte and Chloe’s mum Sarah Burge when he was just 15. They dated for 22 years, but split in June 2015.

Reality star Dean is very close to his daughters and regularly posts snaps of them on Instagram calling them "beautiful" and referring to them as his "princesses".

The twins reportedly persuaded him to take part in Celebs Go Dating to find a woman his own age – after dating a string of younger ladies.

It was reportedly earlier this year that Dean has signed up to his fourth dating app.

The star appeared to have decided to give Hinge a go.

He is thought to have already been on Tinder and Bumble, along with celeb-exclusive app Raya.

The app carries a £7.99 subscription fee and includes an extensive vetting system for potential users.

It’s hardly the most unconventional method of seeking out love, as Dean has previously given the all-star experience a go and appeared on E4 show Celebs Go Dating last year.

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Dean’s preferences on the app reportedly state he won’t go out with a smoker and values "communication, sense of humour and being empathetic" as the key to a good relationship.

He insists he won’t go for women under 30 after a history of dating women younger than him.

The notorious Lothario claims to have bedded more than 1,000 women in the past.

Dean recently split from 26-year-old model Rebekah Ward, who is just two years older than the twin daughters.

He recently admitted he’s finally "ready to grow up" and settle down.

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