Wednesday 7 December 2016

Eastenders’ Nasty Nick: ‘The soap made me rich, bitter and shut doors on my career’

Published 02/07/2016 | 11:56

John Altman played Nasty Nick on the hit soap Eastenders
John Altman played Nasty Nick on the hit soap Eastenders

The actor who played one of Albert Square’s most notorious villains, Nasty Nick, has said the soap made him financially secure but limited his success in other roles and a potential film career.

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John Altman who played Dot Connon’s son in the hit BBC soap said the role “shut doors” on other roles.

“Signing on the dotted line to play Nick meanth that many, many doors shut on me and they have never opened again. It did make me bitter and I struggled a lot,” Altman told The Irish Daily Mirror.

Nasty Nick finally kicked the bucket last year, but Altman played the villain for six separate stints on the hit soap before his demise.

John Altman played Nasty Nick on the hit soap Eastenders
John Altman played Nasty Nick on the hit soap Eastenders

“Starring in Eastenders was a double edged sword. You had to learn so quickly, it was good experience as an actor. But I later found out there is this awful prejudice in the industry. I heard one casting director say ‘I remember John. Good young actor but he went off and did Eastenders so we can’t use him’,”

Despite the limitations the role had brought upon Altman, he said the financial security that came with the role was certainly a positive.

“The show paid for my daughter’s schooling… there have been a lot of benefits,” he said.

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