EastEnders legend John Altman has announced that he only made 25 pounds on the reruns of the soap last year.
The actor played Nasty Nick Cotton in the soap for 25 years.
And while he’s made a fortune over the past few years, he’s now revealed that his royalties on the classic episodes have dropped to next to nothing.
To speak to Sunday Times About his financial situation, he announced that he had earned: “About £ 24,000 from pantomimes, guest slots on shows like Pointless Celebrities and celebrity video messages during the Covid lockdown.”
But he said the EastEnders money was now dry.
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He added, “EastEnders used to have an omnibus every Sunday and we received 80 percent of our original fee. Very beautiful!
“Last year I got about £ 25 for some old, repeated episodes of EastEnders!”
The actor recently admitted he is desperate for Emmerdale after Nasty Nick was killed in EastEnders.
Actor Nick’s alter ego bowed in his mother Dot’s arms after an overdose of heroin from the BBC soap in 2015.
But he thinks he could have survived and made his way to the Dales.
“You’ve never done a crossover in soaps, you know the public would accept that,” he told the Daily star.
“I’m sure the public would accept if Nick Cotton one day emerged from the swirling fog in Emmerdale because he was drifting around England.
“Can you imagine? There is an idea for the writers up there in Emmerdale. The problem is, I don’t know if the BBC would allow it – I don’t know. My imagination is in turmoil.”
John recently admitted that he would have liked soap bosses to leave the door open so Nick could return.
EastEnders legend John Altman wanted the bosses to keep Nick Cotton alive
Speaking exclusively to Entertainment Daily, John said, “It would have been nice to keep the door open, but I found the final scene pretty powerful.”
However, John wished the ending could have been a little more dramatic.
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“I would have liked to have him been over the house with a machine gun and helicopters and a police sniper like James Cagney picked him up at White Heat,” said John.
“But they couldn’t afford the helicopters or the weapons, I don’t think so.
“An armed siege, that was it. Even so, they said they couldn’t afford it, so it was a heroin overdose – a lot cheaper. “
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