Bad boy Nick Cotton returning to EastEnders

Dot’s troublesome son returns

Eastenders

Walford’s original bad boy Nick Cotton is alive and kicking and he is on his way back to Walford to cause trouble for his long suffering Ma, Dot Cotton. Viewers have been questioning the whereabouts of Nick since his son, Charlie, arrived in Albert Square and delivered the news that Nick was dead.

In Monday’s episode (28 July) viewers learnt that Nick is alive when Carol answers Charlie’s phone and immediately recognises Nick’s sinister voice. However, what Carol and everyone else will want to know is why did Charlie fake Nick’s death and what is in store for Dot when he returns?

Nick Cotton, played by John Altman, appeared in the very first episode of EastEnders on 19 February 1985 and has returned numerous times with his last appearance on the 4 June 2009. His time on the square has seen him involved in some of EastEnders most notable moments. He put his mother through hell as he battled his addiction with heroin; he has got away with murder and he even tried to take Dot’s life by poisoning her but at the final moment he changed his mind. These were only the tip of the iceberg alongside Nick’s numerous other misdemeanours.

Speaking of returning to EastEnders, John said: After a five year break I’m very pleased and much looking forward to returning to EastEnders. With the promise of some hard hitting and gritty storylines I’m sure the residents of Albert Square will be none too pleased to see Nick Cotton back on the streets of Walford. I’m also looking forward to working alongside Declan Bennett and Pauline McLynn. And of course being reunited and working once again with my dear old Ma, the wonderful June Brown.

Dominic Treadwell-Collins, Executive Producer added: As we approach EastEnders 30th anniversary, it’s only fitting that our original bad boy and soap’s most iconic villain returns to Albert Square to cause more trouble for his Ma. It’s time for the indomitable June Brown to have the Nick story to end all Nick stories and with Declan and Pauline in the mix too, it’s going to be an exciting bumpy ride as the Cottons begin to unravel.

Due to The Commonwealth Games, EastEnders is airing on BBC Two this week.