Adam Woodyatt, who plays Ian Beale on EastEnders, is open to returning because he’ll ‘always be seen as Ian Beale’.
Adam Woodyatt, who has played Ian Beale on EastEnders for over three decades, says he is open to returning to the BBC One soap.
After leaving EastEnders in January, Adam Woodyatt, who played Ian Beale for 36 years, has revealed that he is open to returning to the BBC One soap.
The 53-year-old I’m A Celebrity judge played Ian on the BBC One soap for three decades until last year, but he has refused to rule out a return, admitting he didn’t want to leave the show.
The actor stated that no matter what other acting roles he gets, he will always be known as Ian Beale.
According to The Mirror, Adam was the longest-serving character and the only original character to have appeared continuously since the first episode on February 19, 1985.
During a Sunday TV appearance, he was asked if he would return to the show, and he refused to rule it out.
“I think as long as I live, I’m still going to be seen as Ian Beale,” he told Tim Lovejoy and Simon Rimmer on Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch.
Ian Beale will always be a part of my life, no matter what I do, or where I go.”
It wasn’t just Adam’s decision, but also the showrunners’ and scriptwriters’.
When asked if he’d return to the BBC soap, he said, “I don’t know.”
It’s not just up to me to make the decision; it’s also up to EastEnders.
I left because of the plot’s development and Ian’s need to leave.
“It wasn’t me saying, ‘I want to leave,’ or them saying, ‘You’re leaving!’ that was the plot.”
In February 1985, Adam’s character Ian made his debut in Albert Square and quickly became a fan favorite.
The actor has even broken EastEnders records by appearing in over 2,000 episodes of the show.
On March 26, 2007, he made his 2,000th appearance, and on May 27, 2016, he made his 3,000th.
He left EastEnders on January 22, 2021, after 36 years on the show.
Adam discussed his departure from EastEnders during his 2020 I’m A Celebrity stint.
“I just had another opportunity,” he told his campmates during a chat.
This play was mentioned.
I just did it.
The news is summarized by Brinkwire.