Soap Stars

also known as Natalie Cassidy, Ricky Groves, Claire Sweeney and Dean Gaffney

Natalie Cassidy is an actress, best known for playing the role of Sonia Jackson in BBC One’s EastEnders, which she played for 12 years. Since leaving EastEnders, Natalie has worked on stage in The Vagina Monologues, Gertrude's Secret opposite Prunella Scales and The Cherry Orchard opposite Diana Rigg. She has also taken part in Strictly Come Dancing in 2009 coming fifth overall and Celebrity Big Brother in 2012, becoming the fifth evictee.

Other TV appearances include Psychoville with Dawn French, The Wright Stuff and Singdate.


  • One of Natalie's hobbies is Zumba
  • She has a soprano singing voice


Ricky Groves is an actor, best known for playing Garry Hobbs in EastEnders, who he played for nine years. Since EastEnders, Ricky has taken part in many reality based programmes, including All Star Family Fortunes, Celebrity Coach Trip and Celebrity Mastermind. His most memorable appearance was competing in Strictly Come Dancing, where he was known for being the ‘joker’ of the series for making the most mistakes.



Claire Sweeney is an actress, singer and TV personality, who is best known for her role on Brookside, as the character Lindsey Corkhill. After finishing on Brookside, she entertained on P&O cruise ships for four years before returning to England to re-join Brookside. She auditioned for a part in her local Southport Arts Centre production of Chicago but was turned down. She later went on to star in a West End version of Chicago as lead character Roxie Hart. Other West End productions Claire has been involved in include Guys and Dolls, playing Miss Adelaide, and Dirty Dancing, playing opposite Patrick Swayze.

In 2001, Claire appeared on the first ever Celebrity Big Brother, in aid of Comic Relief. As well as her TV career, she has released an album, Claire which peaked at #15 in the charts.


  • She is a daughter of a butcher and her first job was in her dad’s butcher shop.
  • She got the Rear of the Year award in 2010.


Dean Gaffney is an actor best known for his character Robbie Jackson in EastEnders, who he played for 10 years. He has since made guest appearances in the soap in 2004 and 2010. Gaffney went on to appear in various reality television shows, such as I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! and has appeared on stage and on television in comedy, drama and advertisements.