John Altman (actor)

John Altman (actor)

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birthname = John Altman
birthdate = birth date and age|1952|3|2
location = Reading, Berkshire
height = 5'11"
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yearsactive = 1979-present
spouse = Bridgitte (1986-1997)
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notable role = Nick Cotton in "Eastenders"
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John Altman (born 2 March 1952) is an English actor, perhaps best known for playing "Nasty" Nick Cotton in the popular BBC soap opera "EastEnders".


Altman was born in Reading, Berkshire. He made his acting debut in the 1979 film "The First Great Train Robbery" playing a minor role. Later that same year he played musician George Harrison in the biopic TV movie "Birth of the Beatles". He made brief appearances in several other popular films including "Quadrophenia" and "An American Werewolf in London". Altman also featured in a 1982 short public information film, "Stupid Git", [ [ Public Information Films | 1979 to 2006 | Film index | Stupid Git, John Altman ] ] part of the British government's campaign against drink-driving.

He then became famous for playing Nick Cotton in the BBC television soap opera "EastEnders". He appeared in the first ever episode of the soap in 1985 and has played the role intermittently from 1985 to 1993, briefly in 1998 and from 2000 to 2001. He is due to reappear in Eastenders at Christmas 2008 for the first time in 7 years. [ [ Nasty Nick is returning to Walford] ]

He also appeared in an adult pantomime which released on video in 1994 titled "Pussy in Boots". In the pantomime he appeared alongside fellow "EastEnders" stars Mike Reid and Barbara Windsor.

In 2001 he also won the Rear of the Year Award alongside Claire Sweeney. In the same year he also performed in the Leiber and Stoller tribute evening at the Hammersmith Apollo, singing Trouble, originally performed by Elvis.

He has since been more active in theatre most notably touring around the UK playing Billy Flynn in the long-running musical Chicago. He also appeared in the John Godber written stage play Bouncers opposite fellow soap actor Nigel Pivaro who is best known for playing Terry Duckworth in "Coronation Street". [ [ BBC - Beds, Herts and Bucks Theatre - Milton Keynes Theatre - Bouncers - John Altman interview ] ]

In 2004 he made an appearance in the comedy sketch series "Bo Selecta" as his "EastEnders" character and played a minor role in the direct-to-video film "Hell To Pay" in 2005. In 2006, Altman was set to appear in an upcoming British movie thriller called "It's Been Real", the trailer can be seen on Youtube. [ [ YouTube - Movie Trailer: "It's Been Real" starring Samantha Fox ] ] It still has yet to be released in cinemas. Recently he appeared on a TV Goodies/Baddies episode of the game show Weakest Link in March 2007 but did not win.

On Octobor 1st 2008, EastEnders confirmed that Altman would return to reprise his role as Nick Cotton at Christmas time and would become a full member of the cast

Personal life

Altman married Brigitte in 1986 and they divorced in 1997. He has one daughter named Rosanna. [ [ ::The Speakers Agency - Speakers:: ] ] John Altman moved to Kent as a young child, he attended the Community College Whitstable, then known as the 'Sir William Nottidge. He returned to his old school on Thursday 22nd November at the schools annual awards evening, as the guest speaker. He gave an inspiring & entertaining speech to all, especially the students.

He is in panto this year in Darlington.

Selected filmography

*"Its Been Real" (2007)
*"Hell To Pay" (2005) .... Police Officer
*"Bo Selecta" (2004) ... Nick Cotton
*"" (2000) .... Nick Cotton
*"To Die For" (1994).... Dogger
*"Pussy in Boots" (1994)..... Nasty Nick
*"EastEnders" (1985-1993, 1998, 2000-2001, 2008-)..... "Nasty" Nick Cotton
*"Minder" (1984)..... Cabbie (1 episode)
*"" (1983) (uncredited)...... Rebel Pilot
*"An American Werewolf in London" (1981) ..... Assorted Police
*"Birth of the Beatles" (1979) ..... George Harrison
*"Quadrophenia" (1979) (uncredited) ..... John the Mod
*"The First Great Train Robbery" (1979) ..... First Pickpocket


External links

*imdb name|id=0022904|name=John Altman
* [ John Altman profile]
* [ BBC John Altman Interview]

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