Ashley Cotton
Ashley Cotton 2
Portrayed by Ryan Devonshire (1993)

Frankie Fitzgerald (2000–01)

Introduced by Leonard Lewis (1993)

John Yorke (2000)

Spin-off Appearances The Return of Nick Cotton (2000)
Gender Male Male
First Appearance 29 July 1993
Last Appearance 14 June 2001
Cause/Reason Motorbike Accident
Duration 1993, 2000–01
Status Deceased
FatherNick Cotton
MotherZoe Newton
Half-BrothersCharlie Cotton
Half-SistersDotty Cotton
GrandfathersCharlie Cotton
GrandmothersDot Branning
UnclesEddie Newton
Andrew Cotton
NephewsMatthew Mitchell-Cotton
Ashley Cotton made his first appearance on 29 July 1993. He is portrayed by Ryan Devonshire (1993) and Frankie Fitzgerald (2000–01). He was the son of Nick Cotton and Zoe Newton. He dies after getting into a motorbike crash in a bike tampered with by his father Nick.



Ashley first appears in Walford along with his mother Zoe Cotton in 1993, at the age of nine. He meets and becomes close to his grandmother, Dot Cotton, who later leaves the square with him, Zoe and Nick to live in Gravesend. Dot leaves Gravesend and returns to Albert Square in 1997 without Ashley or his parents and reveals that Ashley and Zoe have moved away to get away from Nick.


Ashley returns to Albert Square briefly in July 2000 to visit Dot for a few days. It is obvious he has taken after his father when he gets up to mischief. Nick is later released from prison and reunites with Ashley and Zoe in the special spin-off episode titled "The Return of Nick Cotton" which aired on October 1, 2000. Ashley wants to come with Nick despite Zoe's reluctance so he and Nick gets into a car and decides to travel before returning to Walford. When they return to Walford and settle in with Dot, Ashley is under the influence of his villainous father Nick and starts taking drugs and gets involved in robberies with Nick. After a series of arguments with both sides of his family, he drifts between each of his parents until a fateful summer evening in June 2001. He steals Mark Fowler's motorbike after an argument in The Queen Victoria, unaware that his father has cut the bike's brakes in hope of killing Mark. Nick, Pauline Fowler and Dot shouts at Ashley to stop but he couldn't stop the bike until he comes face-to-face with a pedestrian. Ashley swerves to avoid the pedestrian and brakes sharply, but the motorbike flips over a pavement and Ashley crashes into the laundrette. 17-year-old Ashley dies instantly and Nick is riddled with guilt. Dot later overhears an argument between Mark Fowler and Nick, discovering that Nick is responsible for Ashley's death. After Ashley's funeral, Dot confronts Nick and throws him out of the house.


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Characters (Selected)
Peggy Mitchell | Kat Moon | Alfie Moon | Sean Slater | Ryan Malloy | Jean Slater | Charlie Slater | Danny Pennant | Zainab Khan | Andrew Cotton | Yvonne Cotton | Glenda Mitchell | Carol Jackson | Charlie Cotton | Cindy Williams Jnr | Liam Butcher | Lola Pearce | Arthur Chubb (Fatboy) | Shabnam Kazemi | Cora Cross | Lee Carter | Babe Smith | Pam Coker | Les Coker | Claudette Hubbard | Preston Cooper
Characters (Selected)
Pat Evans | Stan Carter | Archie Mitchell | Nana Moon | Lou Beale | Tiffany Mitchell | Lucy Beale | Nick Cotton | Carl White | Bradley Branning | Pauline Fowler | Arthur Chubb (Fatboy) | Ronnie Mitchell  | Roxy Mitchell   | Sylvie Carter  | Paul Coker
Actors Danny Dyer | Shane Richie | Adam Woodyatt | Steve McFadden | Mike Reid | Thomas Law | Neil McDermott | Charlie Clements | John Bardon | John Altman | Peter Dean | Perry Fenwick
Actresses Barbara Windsor | Laurie Brett | Lacey Turner | Anita Dobson | Jacqueline Jossa | Rita Simons | Samantha Womack | Tameka Empson | Wendy Richard | Anna Karen