Declan BennettEastEnders bosses have lined up a surprise for Dot Branning (June Brown) in the form of a grandson she knows nothing about.

Named after his grandfather, Charlie Cotton is the eldest son of Nick (John Altman) and will surprise his grandmother when he turns up on her doorstep in March.

Charlie will be played by Declan Bennett who is currently playing the lead role, Guy, in the award-winning musical Once, at the Phoenix Theatre, London (pictured).

I’m delighted to be joining the cast of EastEnders, especially at what seems to be an extremely exciting time for the show.


June Brown is not only an incredible actress but has also created one of TV’s most iconic characters so to be working alongside her is a dream come true. – Bennett

With good and bad running through the Cotton family, which thread has Charlie taken, and why has he decided to track down Dot after so many years?

Declan is a genuinely raw, instinctive and intelligent actor. It’s tremendously exciting for us to have him join our cast – and the double whammy of him and June Brown working together is going to be electric.


With Dot feeling increasingly alone in the world, Charlie’s surprise appearance means that she finally has some blood whom she can trust. But should she? – Executive Producer,  Dominic Treadwell-Collins

Christopher Hancock as Charlie Cotton in EastEnders

(Above: Dot’s roguish husband, the original Charlie Cotton, played by the late Christopher Hancock)

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