John Altman teases 'pretty evil' EastEnders plot

John Altman has hinted at a "pretty evil" 'EastEnders' plot which he says will see his Nasty Nick character sink to new depths of shocking behaviour

Nick and Dot Cotton (c) BBC

John Altman and June Brown in EastEnders

John Altman has teased a "pretty evil" 'EastEnders' storyline involving his character Nick Cotton.

The 62-year-old actor has appeared in the soap on-and-off since 1985, and hinted at more despicable behaviour from his criminal character Nasty Nick.

In a previous storyline, he attempted to poison his on screen mum Dot Cotton (June Brown) and suggested his upcoming plot will be equally horrible.

Speaking exclusively to BANG Showbiz, he said: "He's going to be just as nasty [as the plot to kill Dot]. It's pretty evil, pretty awful. A bit of a shocker but I can't say what it is."

Nasty Nick returned to screens last month after five years away from the BBC One show - a move which shocked Albert Square residents who had been led to believe he was dead.

However, now that the bad boy is back in Walford, John said he has a hectic schedule ahead of him due to the plot in which he is involved.

He added: "They offered me a pretty big storyline. I didn't think it would make any difference going back one more time in terms of being typecast."

Upon rejoining the soap, Altman has observed it has evolved in a huge way since he originally joined the cast almost 30 years ago

Talking about the changes to 'EastEnders', he said: "It's so much bigger. It's a huge operation. It's hard work and it takes over your life when you've got a big storyline."

Meanwhile, Altman has released a Christmas single, a festive rendition of Iggy Pop's 'Real Wild Child (Wild One)', with all-girl rock band JOANovARC.

The single is out now and can be downloaded from iTunes.


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