Eastenders actor Ricky Grover has confirmed that his character Andrew Cotton is set to stick around in Walford despite the death of his on-screen partner Heather Trott (Cheryl Fergison).
Speaking to UK soap magazine Inside Soap, Grover who originally signed up as hot-headed but friendly Andrew for four episodes last year confirmed that he has been told by bosses that Andrew will be a regular character for at least another year. He said: ''EastEnders have asked me to stay on as a more regular character, so I'm hoping to be involved for another year or so.''
He added: ''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.'' Viewers saw Heather being killed off in last night's episode when bad boy Ben Mitchell (Joshua Pascoe) struck her with a photo frame during a confrontation leading to the woman losing her balance and hitting her head on a table.
Paying tribute to his former co-star, Grover said: ''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."
Recent rumours suggest that police will accuse hot-headed Andrew of killing his fiancée.