Dotty Cotton (Milly Zero) will be in shock this fall in EastEnders when estranged mother Sandy Gibson shows up in the Square.

Actress Martha Cope joins the BBC One soap cast as Sandy who has had a pretty difficult life and no matter how hard she tries, she just doesn’t seem to get away with it!

Yours Previous drinking problems led her to a fleeting relationship with the infamous Nick Cotton (John Altman), after which she became pregnant with Dotty. Sandy initially kept her pregnancy a secret, but eventually revealed everything to Nick while he was in prison.

After his release, Nick took custody and lied to Dotty about claiming Sandy died in a car accident.

Sandy appeared in two episodes of the series drama in 2010, with actress Caroline Pegg playing the role.

Back then, Dot (June Brown) played a huge role in the reunification of Sandy with Dotty, against the will of the scheming Nick.

“I’ve seen EastEnders since the beginning,” said actress Martha Cope during her casting. “I’m more than excited to be on such an iconic show and having a great time playing Sandy.”

EastEnders Executive Producer Jon Sen said, “Martha is a brilliant addition to our cast – us look forward to welcoming you to Walford.

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“To say that Sandy has a checkered past is an understatement, and it’s no secret that Dotty’s upbringing was tarnished by her parents.

“Sandy’s arrival will surprise Dotty and she will be forced to face whatever she tried to leave behind.”

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