EastEnders spoilers: Nick Cotton is back from the dead as John Altman returns to the soap

Dot's errant son turns out not to have met his maker after all

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EastEnders spoilers: Nick Cotton is back from the dead as John Altman returns to the soap
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Nick Cotton is alive and kicking and he is on his way back to Walford to cause trouble for his long suffering Ma. Viewers have been questioning the whereabouts of Nick since his son, Charlie (Declan Bennett), arrived in Albert Square and delivered the news that Nick was dead. However, things didn’t quite add up leading to lots of speculation as to whether Nick is really dead or not.

In Monday's episode, viewers learned that Nick was alive when Carol answered Charlie’s phone and immediately recognised 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 (June Brown) when he returns?

Nick Cotton appeared in the very first episode of EastEnders and has been 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.

John Altman will be reprising his role of Nick Cotton. Speaking of returning to EastEnders, Altman 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’s 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…”