First look at EastEnders newbie Martha Cope arriving on set to play Dotty Cotton's mum Sandy Gibson

EASTENDERS newbie Martha Cope looked ready and raring to go as she arrived on set to play Dotty Cotton's mum Sandy Gibson.

Last month it was revealed that the actress will join the BBC soap this Autumn.

Earlier today the star – who has had roles in Family Affairs, Doctor Who and Holby City – was spotted turning up to work for the first time.

Martha, 51, rocked a green jacket, light blue denim mom jeans and a grey and white striped jumper.

She accessorised the look with a leopard print rucksack, some gold hoops and some snazzy gold trainers.

The telly star blocked out the rest of the world by listening to some tunes.

She also wore a black face mask to keep others safe from Covid-19.

Sandy made her first appearance in Walford back in 2010 and was portrayed by Caroline Pegg.

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Martha's alter-ego Sandy has had problems with alcohol in the past, which led onto her split with Nick Cotton (John Altman).

She fell pregnant with Dotty (Milly Zero), but kept it a secret, however Nick managed to get custody of the tot when he came out of prison.

Nick told his daughter that her mum passed away in a car accident.

Sandy was last seen on our screens 11 years ago when Dot (June Brown) helped her reunite with Dotty.

The student – played by Milly Zero – returned to the Square two years ago and recently ruffled some feathers after sleeping with Tiffany Butcher's (Maisie Smith) husband Keegan behind her back.

Speaking out about her new role, Martha said: “I have watched EastEnders since it began and I’m beyond excited to join such an iconic show and having a great time playing Sandy.”

Jon Sen, Executive Producer, EastEnders added: “Martha is a brilliant addition to our cast – we’re excited to welcome her to Walford.

"To say Sandy has a chequered past is an understatement and it’s no secret that Dotty’s upbringing was marred by her parents.

"Sandy’s arrival catches Dotty off guard and she’ll be forced to confront everything she’s tried to leave behind.”

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