Actor behind Eastenders bad boy ‘nasty’ Nick Cotton to unveil new book in Bexleyheath

PUBLISHED: 17:23 22 August 2016 | UPDATED: 17:23 22 August 2016

John Altman, aka 'nasty' Nick Cotton

John Altman, aka 'nasty' Nick Cotton


The 64-year-old star will meet and greet members of the public at Broadway this weekend

Actor John Altman, better known as Eastenders bad boy ‘nasty’ Nick Cotton, will lift the lid on the nation’s favourite soap when he comes to Bexleyheath this weekend.

The 64-year-old star is to meet and greet fans at the WH Smith store in Bexleyheath’s Broadway Shopping Centre, where he will unveil his autobiography, John Altman; In the Nick of Time.

Mr Altman, who was born in Reading but moved to Kent during early childhood, was an original Eastenders cast member, making his debut as Dot Branning’s son in 1985 and returning several times until the character was killed off last year.

He is looking forward to introducing the man behind his bad boy alter ego and admits he’s nothing like his screen character.

“I would probably be in prison if I was,” he joked.

“People will hopefully see the nice side of me. I’m really looking forward to coming to Bexleyheath and meeting the fans.

“I was brought up on the Kent coast, in Herne Bay, which is just down the line from Bexleyheath. There are a lot of mentions of Kent in the book; meeting Jimmy Hendrix in Chatham, for instance, and The Who in Margate.

“The book is very honest – my brother describes it as sex, drugs and rock n’ roll! It’s really taken 64 years to put together. A lot of it has been taken from my private diaries. It includes themes of spirituality, heartache and the rock n’ roll times, there’s also a bit of Eastenders ‘behind the scenes’.

“I’ve done a lot of press interviews over the years but ultimately, there are lots of things in the book which I’ve never spoken about before. It’s a ‘warts and all’ book and is entertaining.”

Mr Altman will be appearing at WH Smith in Bexleyheath’s Broadway Shopping Centre at 1pm on Sunday, August 28.

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