British actor Dean Gaffney has been fined for speeding over an incident which occurred just weeks before he was involved in a near-fatal car crash.

The former EastEnders star pleaded guilty to a speeding charge relating to an incident in Wales in November (12), less than two months before he had to be cut free from a car wreck in January (13).

The star, who was caught on camera exceeding a speed limit in Newport, entered his plea via mail and a magistrate handed him a fine and penalty points on his driving licence during a hearing at Cwmbran Magistrates' Court on Thursday (25Jul13).

Gaffney spent several days in hospital after the terrifying crash in Derby, England, but has since made a full recovery.