Nick Cotton is on his way back to EastEnders, according to reports in The Sun.
Nick, one of Walford’s most notorious villains, will return to telly’s Albert Square this Christmas to torment his long-suffering mum Dot.
The soap creep, played by John Altman, has spent the past few years banged up for drug offences.
But he returns hoping Dot, veteran actress June Brown, will welcome him home with open arms.
Nick, who appeared in the BBC soap’s very first episode in 1985, was last seen in June 2001.