John Altman says his former 'EastEnders' co-star June Brown is a fan of his music.

John Altman

John Altman

The pair played arguably the most famous mother and son in soap history with their portrayals of Dot Cotton and 'Nasty' Nick Cotton in the BBC One show and although neither are still in Albert Square their friendship has endured off-screen.

John, 69, is now also making music as well as acting and he sent June, 94, a copy of his album 'Never Too Late To Rock and Roll' and he was delighted when she told him she liked it and that her daughters and granddaughters were dancing around the living room to his tracks,

Speaking to BANG Showbiz, he said: "I’ve not seen her much but I have spoken to her on the phone, she’s getting by at the age of 94.

"I sent her a copy of my CD, I didn’t think it would really be her sort of thing but she put it on with her daughters and granddaughters and apparently they were all dancing round her front room to it. She said, ‘Well done dear, I could hear every word.’ She liked that she could understand the lyrics. I’m a stickler for that. I was always saying that to Mark Christopher Lee when we were mixing it, I was like, ‘Can you hear it as clearly as me?’ Hearing the lyrics clearly is so important to me and also the way the lyric is delivered too. A lot of times I’ve heard albums that have been released and you can’t hear it properly, the drums are too far back or you can’t hear the vocals too clearly, what are they saying?”

John released his LP last November and now the coronavirus pandemic restrictions are ending, the TV bad boy wants to hit the road and play some concerts.

The ‘Looking For The Love Of My Life’ singer said: "It would be great to do a mini tour of all the major cities, that’ll be the plan as soon as we can see a way clear. It would be great to do a tour which features Scotland, Leeds, Cardiff … I’ve got plenty of musicians ready to go. I’ve got the lead guitarist for the girl band Joan of Arc, she wants to play guitar. There’s a few people I know, I wouldn’t be short of people to take on tour."