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EastEnders star Adam Woodyatt says Ian Beale may not return to Albert Square until 2022


EastEnders star Adam Woodyatt has said that his character Ian Beale may not return to Albert Square until 2022 ‘at the earliest’ amid his break from the soap. 

The actor, 52, is set to appear in a touring production of Looking Dead Good – his first piece of theatre since he was aged 13 after being a core member of the soap cast for 36 years.

Speaking on Thursday’s The One Show, Adam said that due to delays amid the coronavirus pandemic, his EastEnders return could be pushed back to 2022 after his exit in January. 

Return: EastEnders star Adam Woodyatt has said that his character Ian Beale may not return to Albert Square until 2022 ‘at the earliest’ amid his break from the soap

The actor, who appeared via video link from his motor home – which he has purchased for the theatre tour as he ‘didn’t want to stay in hotels’, said: ‘I don’t know. 

‘The tour runs until the end of October, my daughter is then getting married in America. 

‘There is a possibility the tour will carry on until early next year, so if the tour carries on I won’t be back in EastEnders until 2022 at the earliest.’

Talking about his upcoming theatre tour, he said: ‘I was supposed to be starting it in January, then April, then June, finally starting in July!’ 

Break: The actor, 52, is set to appear in a touring production of Looking Dead Good - his first piece of theatre since he was 13 after being a core member of the soap for 36 years (pictured in 2020 soap still)

Break: The actor, 52, is set to appear in a touring production of Looking Dead Good – his first piece of theatre since he was 13 after being a core member of the soap for 36 years (pictured in 2020 soap still)  

Exit: Speaking on Thursday's The One Show, Adam said that due to delays amid the coronavirus pandemic, his EastEnders return could be pushed back to 2022 after his exit in January

Exit: Speaking on Thursday’s The One Show, Adam said that due to delays amid the coronavirus pandemic, his EastEnders return could be pushed back to 2022 after his exit in January 

Adam said that he is ‘really looking forward’ to his first piece of theatre since he was aged 13, he said: ‘I really enjoyed it when we did the live episode of EastEnders, it was a very similar experience. 

‘That was like theatre but TV, I will be doing live theatre with a theatre audience, I can’t wait.’

The actor has recently been enjoying staying in his motorhome, which he appeared from on Thursday. 

Talking about his decision to purchase the vehicle, Adam said: ‘Because I’ve been doing this theatre tour, I didn’t want to stay in hotels, I’m not a great fan of it. 

Staycation: The actor has recently been enjoying staying in his motorhome, which he appeared from on Thursday

Staycation: The actor has recently been enjoying staying in his motorhome, which he appeared from on Thursday 

‘I’ve got friends who spend a lot of time on the road and I just thought, “I’m gonna get a motor home. I can drive all over the country.”‘ 

Adam is currently in the midst of his soap break, nine months after he announced in August that he had split from Beverley Sharp, his wife of 22 years. 

The couple reportedly separated in August of 2019, but it is thought that they only started telling friends about their decision last summer. 

A friend told The Sun that Beverley was ‘very upset’ at the split but added that it’s a ‘straightforward separation’. 

Split: In August, it was announced that Adam had separated from his wife Beverley Sharp after 22 years of marriage (pictured together in 2017)

Split: In August, it was announced that Adam had separated from his wife Beverley Sharp after 22 years of marriage (pictured together in 2017)

They said: ‘Nobody plans for these things and divorce is a difficult thing to get your head around 

‘They have dealt with it quietly for several months and are now telling friends so it’s less of a secret.

‘They still get on well, and are keen to make sure they stay that way for the sake of their children – even though they are now grown up.’  

Adam and Beverley have been married since 1998 and have two children – Jessica, 27, and Samuel, 23.

A spokesperson for the actor said at the time: ‘Beverley and Adam separated in August last year and we ask that the family’s privacy is respected.’  

Family: Adam and Beverley were married for 22 years and have two grownup children, Jessica and Samuel, together (pictured together in May 2020)

Family: Adam and Beverley were married for 22 years and have two grownup children, Jessica and Samuel, together (pictured together in May 2020)



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