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'EastEnders' dropped Nick Cotton gay relationship plot

12 December 2012 4:18 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

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) »

- By Paul Millar

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How we made: June Brown and John Altman on EastEnders

10 December 2012 4:00 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

'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

29 February 2012 2:06 PM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

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. »

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

2 February 2012 12:07 PM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

'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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