EastEnders Andrew Cotton to stay

EastEnders' star Ricky Grover has reportedly revealed that he will be staying with the soap for at least another year. 

The actor's character Andrew will remain on screens for the foreseeable future despite the tragic death of his fiancée Heather Trott.

Heather lost her life in last night's episode as Ben Mitchell lashed out at her in a rage. The aftermath of her loss will be a major story for the BBC show in the coming months. 

Grover told Inside Soap: "EastEnders have asked me to stay on as a more regular character, so I'm hoping to be involved for another year or so. 

"It's such a lovely compliment, especially when I was only brought in for four episodes originally. To be truthful, it was a bit of a shock when I found out that Heather was being killed off. I honestly thought Andrew would be long gone before she was." 

Paying tribute to Cheryl Fergison, who played Heather, he continued: "I was away when Cheryl was filming her final episodes, but I drove about 100 miles an hour to get back in time to watch them shoot her final scene. When I got to the set, nearly all of the cast and crew were there. 

"Some familiar faces came back to see Cheryl, too. The fact that people like Barbara Windsor and Pam St Clement joined us for a good knees-up shows just how well-respected Cheryl is." 

Andrew made his EastEnders debut last August in the programme's Southend week.

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