EastEnders star threatened by prisoner Charles Bronson over music release

EastEnders legend John Altman has revealed he was contacted by notorious prisoner Charles Bronson after they both released singles at the same time.

John, who played Nick Cotton in the BBC One soap, has claimed he received a voice note from Bronson when he was due to release single Love Of My Life.

The release of said song came at the same time as Bronson’s charity song, Only Mad Men Crawl with the band Lost Vegas..’

‘We were up against each other in the charts,’ said John.

‘He sent me a voicemail via a friend of mine Steve who knows him. It was a recording saying: “Nasty Nick, it’s Charlie here – do yourself a favour – a big favour.”

“Step down from the music world, I mean it mate – I’m taking over. Got it? Hey, I didn’t know you were a pal of my mate Stevie. How are you Johnny boy? I’ve heard about your song mate.

“Anyway step down – I’m taking over in the music world. I could be out by the end of this year – we’ll have a Guinness then and we’ll have a chat, but take my advice, step down – this place ain’t big enough for me and you. All the best mate – your old China, Charlie.”

John said how he believed the message was sent as a joke.

‘It was fairly light-hearted I think,’ John told The Sun, ‘I sent him a reply saying: “I’m afraid I ain’t stepping down”.

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