EastEnders actor Adam Woodyatt leaves Walford after his character Ian Beale was poisoned by his fake mistress Sharon Mitchell in a twisted revenge plot – but can now return to victory
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EastEnders icon Adam Woodyatt could be set to make a surprise return to the BBC as he is said to be in talks with bosses over a possible deal.
The 53-year-old actor, who played Ian Beale on the streets of Walford until his death in 2020 after being poisoned by his fake lover Sharon Mitchell in a twisted revenge plot.
Adam revealed that he has “no plans” to return to Albert Square any time soon as he steps into the Welsh castle to appear on I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here.
However, he is now said to be being drawn back to Albert Square with a deal that is said to be up to £300,000, but a certain amount will go to his estranged wife.
The EastEnders veteran announced his split from Bev Sharpe, 56, in 2020 after 22 years together and the pair are still in the process of getting a divorce.
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A source told Sun: “Adam is one of the highest earners in EastEnders and he will no doubt find a way to earn back at least the same amount, if not more.
“They desperately want to bring him back after the big blow of losing Danny. The belief is that if he signs it now it means he has to give Bev more in their divorce settlement. But clearly the bosses at EastEnders need to know what’s going on.”
“Any contract negotiations are pure speculation,” the BBC said.
This comes as EastEnders star Danny Dyer quit his job after being poached by Sky, sending the soap into crisis.
The actor, who has played Queen Vic’s host Mick Carter since 2013, has signed on to an upcoming TV series on the satellite channel.
The deal is said to be worth six figures – far less than the so-called “golden handcuffs” deal of £1m-a-year he is working on with the BBC, but it will open the door for a The last range of offers may be as low as what he earns now.
The BBC’s strict rules have prevented him from appearing on rival channels, which upset 44-year-old Cockney and some of his co-stars.
A source told The Mirror: “Danny has offers coming in from left, right and centre, and a lot of the things he wants to do that he can’t because EastEnders has strict rules about what he does. can and cannot do.
“Sometimes it drives him crazy and now he’s ready for a change. But it wasn’t easy to leave, BBC bosses were keen to keep him. But he insisted and when Sky approached, they made him an offer he couldn’t refuse. It’s a new chapter for Dan and he’s crossed the moon.”
https://www.mirror.co.uk/tv/tv-news/eastenders-in-talks-lure-adam-26453567 EastEnders 'in talks' to lure Adam Woodyatt back to play Ian Beale amid Danny Dyer departure