The actor, who plays Sean Tully, has decided to become the patron of a charity…for chickens.
He said: “The Hen Welfare Trust does an amazing job, not only re-homing ex-battery hens but also campaigning to encourage consumers and retailers to go free range.
“Hen-keeping is one of life’s simple pleasures and I’m particularly happy to be able to give ex-battery hens that have had such a dreadful life a happy retirement.”
The 36-year-old actor has been with the street since 2005 and has recently signed a contract until 2013.
Despite recent controversy about an abundance of âgayâ? characters and plots dominating the street, he remains a firm favourite with audiences and has bagged a total of seven awards for his role as Sean.
Cotton will join the likes of Jamie Oliver and Antony Worrall Thompson as patrons of poultry. Give him a few days and Hugh F-W will be on board (or at least sobbing in the corner).