Let’s face it, subtlety has never been one of Dotty Cotton’s key traits and she made it clear from the moment she laid her eyes on Peter again that she wanted to get her claws into him in EastEnders.
And perhaps the feeling could be mutual. However, there is the added complication that Dotty is currently blackmailing Peter’s dad, Ian, over the death of Dennis. But, being her dad’s daughter, Dotty can make that work to her advantage, reckons Milly Zero, who plays her.
In an exclusive interview with Metro Soaps newsletter, she teased: ‘At first, it’s about the fact that he’s the best looking boy on the Square in her eyes! But she also sees Peter as a means of getting to Ian which kind of nails it to her.
‘But as she gets to know Peter, he brings out a softer side to her – he has been through so much with Lucy so they do connect in a big way. She likes him more than she anticipated and she may let her guard down.’
However, Dotty is a girl in demand as Peter’s younger brother Bobby soon finds himself developing a crush on her – but he’s onto a loser there Milly sighs.
The star explained: ‘She sees Bobby as little brother! He’s only 16 and she’s 19 and that’s quite a difference – and he’s so sweet and innocent. Poor Bobby, she does like him and finds him quite cute but not in that kind of way at all!’
As for whether there can be a future for Peter and Dotty, only time will tell.
But Milly had plenty more to say – what does she have in store for Ian?
Milly teased: ‘She is livid because he outsmarted her and she felt she put herself in that situation by getting drunk – so she is angry at herself for giving him that opportunity.
‘But she wants another way to get at him and with the help of Vinny, she realises that she can still taunt him whether she has evidence or not – she still knows what he did.’
So she comes back fighting harsher than ever?
The fan favourite smiled: ‘100% – she has a moment, where she considers giving up as she has no evidence. She has also been personally affected by what happened herself and has tried to hide that and focus on Ian. She is all over the place – Vinny guides her back to the path of getting back at Ian.’
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