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EastEnders: First look at the cast on Graham Norton

A special EastEnders-themed edition of The Graham Norton Show is to air next week, as part of the show's 30th anniversary.

Norton will be joined by a lineup of the show's best-known stars, including June Brown, Pam St Clement, Adam Woodyatt, Letitia Dean, Kellie Bright, John Altman, Jessie Wallace, Shane Richie, Danny Dyer and newest signing Richard Blackwood.

Watch three clips from the special Graham Norton Show below:

Graham asks Adam Woodyatt, Letitia Dean, Kellie Bright and Danny Dyer if they know who killed Lucy Beale. They assure him they don't, so they ask Lucy Beale herself.

Graham introduces Adam Woodyatt, Letitia Dean, Kellie Bright and Danny Dyer to their very own miniature dolls from an EastEnders model village in Torquay.

Graham gets a lesson in how to receive an EastEnders slap from Pam St Clement and he practices his technique with Danny Dyer, Shane Richie and a surprise
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John Altman took heroin ''by accident''. The 'EastEnders' actor has opened up about his experiences of taking drugs, admitting he's tried everything from marijuana to LSD, but insists he only ever took the Class A drug because he mistook it for cocaine. He shared: ''I met people while travelling who were buying heroin and fixing up. But I've always hated needles, which probably did me a favour because I always avoided heroin. ''The only time I took it was at a party by accident, because I thought it was cocaine. I saw a white line on the table, I snorted it and then
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John Altman to quit acting for music

John Altman wants to become a full time rock star. The 'EastEnders' actor released a cover of Iggy Pop's 'Wild One' with girlband JOANovARC at Christmas time and has now revealed he wants to focus entirely on music once his character Nick Cotton is killed off in the BBC One soap next month. He said: ''If everything takes off with the group then I will devote at least a year to it all. ''I would give up my acting to pursue it, I have been knocking on the rock 'n' roll door for years.'' The 62-year-old star has appeared in the popular drama
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Dot to murder Nick in EastEnders?

Dot Branning will be accused of killing her son, Nick, in a forthcoming 'EastEnders' storyline. The much-loved character - played by veteran actress June Brown, 87 - will shock fans next month when she is charged with the murder of 'Nasty' Nick Cotton (John Altman) and later confesses, during a week of live episodes celebrating the soap's 30th anniversary. A source revealed: ''Having Dot accused of murdering Nick will be a real shocker. ''Everyone has been waiting for Lucy Beale's killer to be revealed as part of the anniversary week, which will happen. But in this amazing twist, the soap will immediately
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Lisa Faulkner would 'hate' Come Dine With Me

John Altman is releasing a Christmas single. The 'EastEnders' actor - who is best known as the soap's Nasty Nick Cotton - has teamed up with JOANovARC to record a new version of Iggy Pop's 'Real Wild Child (Wild One)' and is hoping to top the festive chart ahead of Band Aid 30 and 'The X Factor' winner. He said: ''I've always wanted to release a record, that is one of the things on my wish list. ''It'd be something else [to reach number one ahead of Band Aid]. You can't tell can you? But we're going all out for it because
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EastEnders' Nick Cotton to be killed off

'EastEnders' character Nick Cotton will be killed off. The Walford bad boy is set to meet his maker in an off-screen death that will usher in the arrival of his son Charlie Cotton, played by theatre actor Declan Bennett. Soap stalwart Dot Branning (June Brown) will receive a visit from police officers later this month, who break the tragic news to her that Nick - played by John Altman - has died. The nefarious character was last seen in the BBC One soap in 2009 when he set fire to the café. A source told the Daily Star newspaper: ''It's the call that Dot
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Ant and Dec surprised by Gordon Ramsey's reaction

'EastEnders' character Nick Cotton will be killed off. The Walford bad boy is set to meet his maker in an off-screen death that will usher in the arrival of his son Charlie Cotton, played by theatre actor Declan Bennett. Soap stalwart Dot Branning (June Brown) will receive a visit from police officers later this month, who break the tragic news to her that Nick - played by John Altman - has died. The nefarious character was last seen in the BBC One soap in 2009 when he set fire to the café. A source told the Daily Star newspaper: ''It's the call that Dot
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Sarah Harding, Denise Van Outen, Danny Dyer at 'Run For Your Wife' premiere

Sarah Harding, Denise Van Outen, Danny Dyer at 'Run For Your Wife' premiere
Denise Van Outen and Sarah Harding looked glamorous in floor-length gowns as they graced the red carpet at the premiere of their new film Run For Your Wife in London's Leicester Square last night (February 5).

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Despite the downpour and freezing cold weather, Van Outen, 38, wore a sleeveless black gown with a sheer lace panel at the front and back while Harding, 31, donned a shimmering, silver dress with a similar plunging neckline lace panel.

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Former EastEnders actress and co-star Kellie Shirley wore a grecian-style frock which got drenched at the bottom from the soggy red carpet, while Dyer kept it casual and simple in a pair of jeans and a blazer.

Other guests at the screening included co-stars Neil Morrissey and Lionel Blair, Denise Welch and toyboy Lincoln Townley, Aisleyne Horgan-Wallace, Su Pollard and Liz McClarnon.

Towie's Lydia Bright and former Towie star Kirk Norcross,
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'EastEnders' dropped Nick Cotton gay relationship plot

'EastEnders' dropped Nick Cotton gay relationship plot
EastEnders legend John Altman has revealed that his character Nick Cotton was on the verge of having a gay relationship in the 1980s. The Albert Square soap's co-founder Julia Smith wrote Altman out after he disagreed with a storyline which would have seen a romance for Nick and Lofty Holloway. Altman told The Guardian: "Julia wrote me out for about a year when I protested that Nick wasn't the kind of man who would start a gay relationship with Lofty, another straight character." June Brown recalled the scene: "When he left the room, Julia said, 'Write him out!' They did." Meanwhile, (more)
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How we made: June Brown and John Altman on EastEnders

'I had my teeth coloured green to play Nick on heroin. Security wouldn't let me in the building'

June Brown (Dot Cotton)

The show had been running for 20 weeks when I joined. Wendy Richard (Pauline Fowler) had been keen to create a family atmosphere so I felt like a spare prick at a wedding. I'd sit in a corridor waiting to go on set, worried that everyone was thinking, "What's she doing hanging around here?"

I'd seen an early episode but there was a lot of shouting so I'd switched it off. I wasn't into soaps. In those days, it could ruin your career because you'd be typecast. Leslie Grantham (Den Watts) suggested me for the part of Dot Cotton after seeing me in Minder. I'm sure I got the job because, during my interview with the show's co-creator Julia Smith, I told her I had to leave to be in time for another rehearsal.
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TV Villain Lands Leading Role In 1066 Epic

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TV Villain Lands Leading Role In 1066 Epic
British TV villain John Altman has joined Oliver! star Mark Lester in a new historic epic about the Battle of Hastings.

The actor, who played 'Nasty' Nick Cotton on U.K. soap Eastenders has signed on to play Earl Leofric of Mercia in 1066.

Announcing the news of his latest casting coup, director Robin Jacob tells WENN, "We are very pleased to announce John's involvement in 1066. He is a great actor who will bring his wealth of experience to the set."

His new film character, Earl Leofric, was one of the most powerful members of the council of Anglo Saxon Earls, clergy and nobles known as the Witan.

Former child star Lester was one of the first people cast in the film - he will portray King Henry II. The movie will also feature Susan George, Lewis Collins and Finding Neverland actress Kate Maberly.

'EastEnders' Nasty Nick named bookies' favourite to rejoin soap

'EastEnders' Nasty Nick named bookies' favourite to rejoin soap
'Nasty Nick' Cotton is the bookmakers' new favourite to rejoin EastEnders. Paddy Power has placed the villain, played by John Altman, at 2/1 to return following the news that Letitia Dean will soon reprise her role as Sharon Watts. Nasty Nick left Albert Square explosively in 2009, after holding Walford residents hostage in Ian Beale's café. Actor Altman, who has appeared on a recurring basis since the show's first episode in 1985, returned in 2008 after a seven-year break. EastEnders stalwart June Brown, Nick's 'Ma' Dot, had led a five-year-long campaign (more)
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Altman: 'EastEnders plot not for kids'

Altman: 'EastEnders plot not for kids'
John Altman has revealed that he doesn't think EastEnders' new plot is suitable for a family drama. The actor, who played Nick Cotton in the soap, explained that children who watch the programme will be questioning the storyline which sees 17-year-old Whitney Dean (Shona McGarty) become a £50-a-night prostitute. He told Now: "You've got 6-year-olds watching EastEnders while having their dinner. I don't think children of that age should be watching that sort of thing. They'll (more)
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Altman: 'EastEnders row was extreme'

Altman: 'EastEnders row was extreme'
Former EastEnders star John Altman has admitted that he was surprised by the "extreme" reaction to the soap's baby swap storyline. The BBC show sparked a record number of complaints last month after screening scenes which saw Ronnie Branning (Samantha Womack) switch her dead son James with Kat Moon's newborn child Tommy. Reflecting on the controversy, Altman - who played Walford bad boy Nick Cotton - told Pa: "I felt it was all a bit odd; maybe it was something that was blown out of all proportion. "It (more)
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Sam Fox promises to appear in Walford

Sam Fox has announced that she is planning to make an appearance on EastEnders in the future. The former glamour model claimed that the soap's producers have been approaching her to star on the programme for over 20 years. Fox, 43, revealed that her ideal role would see her linked to John Altman's villainous character Nick Cotton, who was last seen on screen in June. She told Ok: "I've been asked to go on EastEnders (more)
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Walford star praises 'second mum' Brown

John Altman has admitted that his EastEnders co-star June Brown is like a "second mother". The 57-year-old, who plays Brown's screen son Nick Cotton, revealed that the veteran actress stood by him when he battled alcoholism in the '90s. Altman starred alongside Brown, better known as Albert Square legend Dot Branning, from 1985 to 1993 before making further appearances in 1998, 2000 and 2001. In October last year, it was announced that he would return to the BBC One soap once again after the actress called for another comeback. Speaking to the Sunday Mirror, Altman explained: (more)
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Behind the scenes at 'Enders café explosion

The café on EastEnders' Bridge Street goes up in flames and ultimately explodes during next week's episodes after an unhinged Nick Cotton (John Altman) holds a group of locals hostage in the building. As a fire ignites in the kitchen area of Ian Beale's (Adam Woodyatt) greasy spoon, a mystery man (Neil McDermott) lunges at Nick, allowing Bradley (Charlie Clements) to lead everyone to safety. The flame-haired Branning manages to lead himself and Nick's group of hostages (more)
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In Pictures: 'EastEnders' café explosion

This is the dramatic moment that a gas explosion causes a huge fireball to rip through Ian Beale's café in EastEnders. Despite his best laid plans to murder his 'Ma' Dot (June Brown), Nick Cotton (John Altman) is furious to discover that his daughter Dotty (Molly Conlin) has revealed their fatal plot to kill for their inheritance. Tracking the youngster down to the launderette, Nick bundles Dotty into the back of his car but as he attempts to flee the Square, he crashes into the market flower stall. Feeling cornered, Nick grabs Dotty and hauls her into the café with him before locking the door and trapping the locals inside, including Whitney (Shona McGarty), Lucy (Melissa Suffield), Bradley (Charlie Clements) and Syd (Nina Toussaint-White). As those outside (more)
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Nasty Nick loses plot in 'Enders blaze

EastEnders bad boy 'Nasty' Nick Cotton loses the plot at the end of May when he holds a number hostages in the café as it burns to the ground. With the help of his supposed daughter Dotty 'Kirsty' Cotton (Molly Conlin), Nick - played by soap returnee John Altman - continues in his attempts to persuade his 'Ma' Dot Cotton (June Brown) that she's going round the twist, with the aim of killing for her money and blaming her death on her mental state. However, as Nick begins to feel the pressure of his actions, he quickly begins to lose his grip. At his lowest ebb, he becomes embroiled in a sudden fire which breaks out in Ian Beale's (Adam Woodyatt) café on Bridge Street. Caught in the drama, Nick spirals out of control and holds a group of as-yet unnamed locals hostage in the burning building. Flame-haired Bradley (more
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'Enders stars pay tribute to Wendy Richard

Some of Wendy Richard's former EastEnders co-stars have paid tribute to the actress, who died this morning. Earlier today, it was announced that the 65-year-old had lost her battle with cancer. Adam Woodyatt, who plays her screen nephew Ian Beale, said: "I am so sorry to hear the very sad news about Wendy's death. I have many fond memories of our time together at EastEnders and will remember her with affection. "Knowing that she is no longer in pain and suffering is the only comfort and I hope she rests in peace. My deepest sympathies are with John, their family and friends." Meanwhile, John Altman - Nick Cotton in the Walford drama - said: "I am shocked and saddened to hear the news today. I always enjoyed working with Wendy, even though our characters were poles apart. I will always treasure the memories of a trip we (more)
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