Reg Cox
Reg Cox
Portrayed by
Johnnie Clayton (EastEnders)
Marc Tufano (Civvy Street)
First Appearance 19 February 1985 (EastEnders)
Last Appearance 26 December 1988 (Civvy Street)
Episode Count 1
Address 23B Albert Square
Date of Birth 1926
Date of Death 19 February 1985
Occupation Retired
SistersA sister

Reg Cox played by Johnnie Clayton was a minor character in EastEnders who appeared in 1 episode, the first ever episode, Episode 1 (19th February 1985). He was found almost dead in his dingy flat by Den WattsArthur Fowler and Ali Osman. He died in hospital shortly afterwards. Reg was only a minor character who never spoke but due to his death opening up the serial, he is one of the shows most memorable characters. Reg was later played by Marc Tufano in the spin-off Civvy Street. The character has also appeared in two books "Home Fires Burning" and "Swings and Roundabouts".



Reg Cox was born in 1926 in Walford. He had an older sister. Reg grew up in Albert Square, Walford. he lived there all his life and as an adult he had a flat at No 23 Albert Square. As he got older he became more grumpy and turned into a cantankerous old man. In February 1985, local villain Nick Cotton wanted his war medals so beat him up in his flat and it was a couple of days before Reg was discovered.


On the 19th February 1985, one sunny afternoon, 3 of Reg's neighbours, Den Watts, Ali Osman and Arthur Fowler broke into Reg's flat concerned for him. They saw him laying almost dead in his chair. Den phoned for an ambulance. Reg was taken to hospital but later died. He was 58 years of age. Dr Legg was phoned and was told the news that Reg's death is now a murder inquiry. Police suspected Mark Fowler but he had an alibi. They carried on investigating but could not catch Reg's killer, and had no idea that Nick Cotton was responsible.


In 1988 Nick confessed to Den Watts in prison that he was responsible for murdering Reg.

In February 2000, Dot Cotton mentioned it was 15 years since Reg died.

In November 2014, Reg's killer Nick Cotton had been using Reg's name as an alias, over 29 years after Reg had died.

Almost 30 years later, just days short of the 30th anniversary of his death, in February 2015, it was revealed Reg had been beaten to death by Nick Cotton as Nick wanted his war medals. Nick, who had taken a heroin overdose, and was in a bad way, was being comforted by his mum Dot, then said that he had killed Reg, and then Nick himself passed away. Nick died in the same spot Reg died at as he was in hiding at No 23.


Behind the Scenes

  • Originally it was intended for Reg's murderer not to be disclosed, as his murder was to highlight how dangerous Albert Square could be. However bosses higher up pushed for his killer to be brought in as it could bring potential for storylines, so Nick Cotton was created as Julie Smith and Tony Holland couldn't imagine their original characters being responsible for the killing.



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