Adam Woodyatt zaps EastEnders for making Ian Beale a ‘social killer’

Adam Woodyatt was a regular on BBC One Soap EastEnders from 1985 to 2021 but has said he doesn’t always agree on the direction of his story

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EastEnders: Adam Woodyatt Discusses Ian’s Return

Adam Woodyatt brought EastEnders down after turning his character Ian Beale into a ‘social killer’ during his time on the show.

The actor played the iconic character from 1985 to 2021 but has since said that he hasn’t always agreed with the direction his character is taken in the plot.

The 53-year-old doesn’t rule out a return to the soap but like what his character has turned into.

He explains that it’s not his decision when it comes to plot and that sometimes he doesn’t like how the plot plays out for his character.

During an appearance on the White Wine Question Time podcast, Adam said: “Don’t get me wrong, I don’t always think some of the changes are right. And maybe they should take other paths. But they do. are not my decisions, they are things that the bosses clearly chose.

Adam doesn’t like all of Ian’s storylines



“Does that make Ian unpopular? Yes, sometimes, because he’s quite outspoken and quite rude to everyone, even those he loves.”

He went on to describe his character Ian as self-proclaimed ‘a great dad’ when actually he is ‘an absolute narcissist’.

He added: “I mean some people would actually say he’s really a social killer, if you really want to analyze, really psychoanalyze him.”

Adam believes that in Ian’s marriage to Jane, played by Laurie Brett, his character was balanced but when that was over, things started to go wrong again.

Things took a turn for the worse when Ian and Jane split up and his son Bobby killed his sister Lucy.

Adam starred in the soap since 1985



Adam said this storyline made Ian unpopular and meant there would be nowhere else to go after that.

When asked what he thought of the store, Ian Adam said he didn’t ‘know what was going to happen’.

The actor has yet to be asked to return to Albert Square but he said he’s happy with what he’s doing for now.

Since leaving EastEnders in 2021, Adam has moved into a private home that he says he ‘absolutely loves’.

He doesn’t have any plans to move out and is enjoying a different life from the showbiz industry.

Adam joins the movie I’m A Celeb in 2021



Adam initially had more acting work when he left the series as he was meant to go on a theater tour but due to Covid it was further postponed.

Adam also appears in 2021 I’m a celebrity… Get me out of here! which was again filmed at the Welsh castle due to coronavirus restrictions.

Along with Olympian Matty Lee, Adam and he became the sixth and seventh stars to be voted in the series.

On leaving the show, he said he enjoyed his time there, saying it would be a ‘fresh start’ for him.

Before entering the castle, Adam split with his wife Beverly Sharp in 2020.

After 22 years together, it was assumed that the breakup came as a shock.

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