OUT NOW: In The Nick Of Time by John Altman
THE OFFICIAL AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF JOHN ALTMAN, EASTENDER’S ‘NASTY NICK’ COTTON
THE SEARINGLY HONEST STORY OF ONE OF BRITISH TELEVISION’S MOST ICONIC FACES
From the moment he exploded onto our screens in 1985 as ‘Nasty’ Nick Cotton, uttering the infamous phrase ‘Alright Ma?’ John Altman changed the face of TV villains forever. Altman has been at the heart of EastEnders, the nation’s best-loved soap opera – and our TV screens and stages – for over thirty years.
His story is as colourful and fascinating as Nick Cotton’s own: a shy but boisterous childhood obsessed with the silver screen, a drug fuelled, rock n’ roll adolescence and a hard grafted early career in British theatre before striking it big as an original cast member of EastEnders. As ‘Nasty Nick’ Cotton, John has enthralled audiences across the UK, making his iconic character one of the best TV villains of all time.
Along with his rise to fame came a desperate and eventually won battle with alcoholism and his own personal demons. On the way, John has hitchhiked across the Europe and India at seventeen, spent time in a Belgian prison on suspicion of drug possession, fallen in and out of love and become the lead singer of rock band The Heavy Metal Kids. These are just some of the trials and experiences that have informed his electrifying portrayal of Nasty Nick over three decades.
A wonderfully diverse career, John has played George Harrison in a Beatles biopic, Billy Flynn in the long-running Chicago and appeared cult movies such as Quadrophenia and Star Wars: Return of the Jedi. He has worked with the likes of Ian McKellan, Gary Oldman, Garry Cooper, Richard Marquand and encountered stars of rock n’ roll such as Jimi Hendrix, Pete Townsend and David Bowie.
Published by John Blake Publishing Ltd in Hardback