Declan Bennett will be joining Eastenders as Dot Cotton's grandson. Bennett who plays the lead in Once the musical will join the soap as Nick Cotton's eldest son.

Dot is to receive a shock when Charlie (Bennett) shows up on her doorstep. Bennett is set to begin filming this month and will make his debut in March. Given he is Nick's son we anticipate an interesting time for Dot when the grandson she didn't even know existed shows up.

Speaking about the casting, he said, 'I'm delighted to be joining the cast of EastEnders, especially at what seems to be an extremely exciting time for the show. June Brown is not only an incredible actress but has also created one of TV's most iconic characters so to be working alongside her is a dream come true.'

Executive producer of the soap Dominic Treadwell Collins also said about Charlie Cotton's arrival. 'Declan is a genuinely raw, instinctive and intelligent actor. It's tremendously exciting for us to have him join our cast - and the double whammy of him and June Brown working together is going to be electric. With Dot feeling increasingly alone in the world, Charlie's surprise appearance means that she finally has some blood whom she can trust. But should she?' We will just have to wait and see.