How old is John Altman and who did The Real Marigold Hotel star play in EastEnders? – The Sun

THE Real Marigold Hotel series four will see EastEnders star John Altman return to our screens with seven other celebrities.

But how old is John Altman and what who did he play in EastEnders? Here’s what we know…

How old is John Altman?

John Altman is 68.

He was born as John Clarkson Stewart on 2 March 1952.

The star has revealed his history of drug-taking and boozing.

'Everything Nick's (his EastEnders character) taken I've probably taken at some point or another – dope, LSD, cocaine, opium,' he told The Sun back in 2016. 'Everyone was at it back then.'

John realised he was on the brink of losing everything only when his wife Brigitte walked out with their daughter Rosanna.

He has been clean since 1997.

Who did The Real Marigold Hotel star play in EastEnders?

John Altman is best known for playing the villain of the East End Nick 'Dirty Den' Cotton,  in EastEnders, on and off for 30 years.

He appeared in the very first episode of the show, back in 1985. He played the role of nasty son to Charlie and Dot Cotton and was a notorious villain.

From his first murder of Reg Cox at the beginning of the show, Nick often reappeared  over the years, usually to torment his long-suffering mum Dot, even at one point trying to kill her and steal her bingo winnings.

Nick Cotton finally met his 'end' after consuming a dodgy batch of heroin bought for him by his mother in the soap’s 30th anniversary in 2015.

However, after his apparent death,  Nick returned the next October in a one-off special as it emerged he had faked his demise. But comeback is short-lived.

When is the Real Marigold Hotel on TV?

The Real Marigold Hotel follows a group of celebrities as they explore India and consider what it would be like to retire there.

It was borne out of the 2011 film The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.

The show returns TONIGHT (April 30, 2020).

You can watch it on BBC One at 9pm.

It will run for 4 episodes.

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