Lorraine: Adam Woodyatt reveals when he will return to the Square
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The EastEnders star has been off screens for a year during his extended break from the BBC soap. Adam remains one of the longest-serving members of EastEnders, where he has played grumpy businessman Ian Beale since day one. Since he stood away from the role, Adam hasn’t confirmed when his character will be back in Albert Square, but it seems he might be back on TV for I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! 2021.
Reports state the actor, 53, hopes to demonstrate a different side of himself to viewers after establishing himself for years as Walford’s Ian Beale.
I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! moved to Wales for the first time last year due to COVID-19 restrictions.
Since the hit show started in 2002, it has been set in the Australian jungle, but will once again be closer to home in Gwrych Castle near Abergele this year.
Adam has reportedly been offered a “bumper pay deal” to take part in the ITV series.
A source claimed: “Adam was a big target for the casting team — he is a soap legend and is certain to be a huge hit with fans.
“But they knew they might have their work cut out because he has been quite reticent to do interviews or reality TV shows in recent years.
“When you consider how long he has been a household name, he has only agreed to a handful of TV appearances outside of Albert Square. And he isn’t known for being a red carpet regular either.”
Speaking to The Sun, the insider continued: “So it’s a huge coup to have reached this point, and everyone is very excited about having him on the show. He’s a brilliant addition.”
Express.co.uk has approached ITV for a comment.
Soap veteran Adam hasn’t appeared in EastEnders for more than a year, and his latest scenes saw him leave Albert Square after Sharon Watts (Letitia Dean) tried to kill him.
She planned his death as an act of revenge for her son Denny Watts (Bleu Louie Landau), who died following Ian’s actions.
EastEnders bosses revealed Adam was taking a break from the BBC soap, and he recently said he wouldn’t be making a return until the start of 2022 at the earliest.
Speaking in May, the actor said: “I was supposed to start [a show tour] in January, then it was April, then it was June, finally we are starting in July, in Leicester, before going all around the country, all the way up until the end of October.
“The tour at the moment runs until the end of October and my daughter’s then getting married in America so I’m off there to do that.
“There’s a possibility – and I really hope that does happen – the tour carries on will run until the early part of next year to pick up the dates we’ve had to postpone because of the lockdown.
“So, if the tour carries on, I’m not going to be back on EastEnders until some time 2022 at the earliest! Sorry!”
EastEnders hasn’t given Ian a permanent exit storyline and his name is rarely mentioned.
Fans would likely enjoy seeing Adam on I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! where they can expect him to be taking part in bushtucker trials.
The timing would also make sense from Adam’s earlier statement, with the show airing until December 2021, meaning he could make a return to EastEnders in early 2022.
EastEnders continues on Monday at 8pm on BBC One, while I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! is set to return to ITV later this year.
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