Despite widespread speculation that a comeback is in the works, EastEnders fans will not be seeing Ian Beale anytime soon, as Adam Woodyatt has refuted reports that he is returning.
While the actor, who has been a part of the legendary show since its inception in 1985, did not rule out a comeback, there appears to be no rush now that he has been away for a year.
Initially, Adam took a hiatus to take a main role in the play Looking Good Dead with his former screen wife Laurie Brett, but the production was put on hold owing to the COVID-19 outbreak, and he was unable to resume his career.*
The delay eventually led to the disclosure that it may be an indefinite departure, with Adam stating several times that no negotiations regarding a return were taking place.
He became a contestant on the ITV reality show I’m A Celebrity. I have to get out of here! Since then, he’s been open to other opportunities.
Adam expressed his viewpoint on Steph’s Packed Lunch.
‘Why did you chose to leave?’ said host Steph McGovern.
‘I’ve kind of left, but not completely.’ Adam said. It’s the way the tale has progressed; I’m not there.’
‘I could go back and I couldn’t go back!’ he continued, pondering the future. I’m not sure.
‘There has been a lot of hysteria about it. Everyone, I believe, will always speculate. However, there are currently no plans.’
‘I’ve been having a ball,’ he said, describing how liberating it has been to be out of character. Being back on stage reminded me why I fell in love with acting in the first place: the immediate reaction.
‘You have a captive audience.’ You might have to wait six weeks to three months a year if you do something on television.’
Ian Beale’s exit narrative had him leaving the Square after discovering that his wife Sharon had poisoned him.