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EastEnders viewers have been entertained by the Cotton family for decades.Dot Cotton first appeared in the BBC One soap in July 1985 as the mother of notorious criminal Nick Cotton.A tragicomic character, Dot was known for her devout Christian faith, gossiping, chain smoking, hypochondria, and motherly attitude to those in need.

A recurring storyline in the serial has been Dot's continuous forgiveness of her son's villainous crimes. Initially married at the start of the series to conman Charlie Cotton.

Dot married again in 2002 to pensioner Jim Branning and the union proved to be popular with fans. Daily Star has taken a look into the personal lives of the actors who play Cotton family members.

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