John Altman is an English actor and singer most widely recognised as EastEnders villain 'Nasty' Nick Cotton. He has been an actor since 1979, with his debut appearance in neo-noir crime film The First Great Train Robbery. Whilst most widely recognised for weaving in and out of the East End in EastEnders over the years, John's TV career is as diverse as you can get. He's appeared in a staggering 51 TV productions, ranging from children's favourite Balamory, popular quiz shows The Weakest Link and Pointless Celebrities, to Celebrity Coach Trip and 2020's The Real Marigold Hotel.
His acting career hasn't been limited to the small screen however, with John getting his fill of the film world over the years too. The same year as his debut appearance in The First Great Train Robbery, he starred in Beatles biopic The Birth of the Beatles. From there he'd appear in Remembrance and, perhaps his biggest production, Star Wars: Return of the Jedi. His last film appearance was as the voice of Reverend William Willoughby in 2016 animated film I Am Khama.
Whilst TV and film are certainly John's bread and butter, the talented actor has also taken to the stage over the years. He made his stage debut in an adult pantomime in 1994 with EastEnders co-stars Barbara Windsor and Mike Reid. His biggest stage appearance, however, was as Billy Flynn in the 2002 UK touring production of Chicago.