EastEnders Adam Woodyatt reveals he has no plans to return to BBC soap after ITVs Im A Celeb

EastEnders legend Adam Woodyatt has revealed he won't be returning to the BBC soap after ITV's I'm A Celebrity.

The Ian Beale actor, 53, explained that he has "no plans" for an Albert Square comeback anytime soon and that he will still be on tour with Looking Good Dead until April 2022.

Adam is currently on a hiatus from the BBC One soap after playing Ian Beale since 1985 and his exit scenes aired earlier this year in an explosive New Year storyline.

The actor had previously revealed he won't be back on EastEnders until 2022 "at the earliest" and he has now shared further details about his Albert Square comeback ahead of his appearance on I'm A Celebrity 2021 with Coronation Street's Simon Gregson.

Speaking to the Mirror and other publications, Adam was asked whether he had been approached for the ITV competition before, to which he admitted: "No, not that I'm aware of. Last December, ITV asked me and I said yes."

Quizzed about whether he would return to EastEnders after I'm A Celebrity, Adam said: "So I literally come out of the castle whenever that is, have Christmas off and then we’re back into rehearsals because Laurie Brett’s taking over from Gaynor Faye.

"And then we’re doing that until the end of April. It’s been it’s been a lot of fun working and seeing [Laurie] again. It’s kind of bittersweet.

"I’m looking forward to Laurie coming in, I’m going to miss Gaynor because she’s been an absolute joy to work with. It’s been wonderful."

The star added on his decision to sign up: "Why have I finally said yes? Because I am not in EastEnders! That is the honest answer. I am not in contract with the BBC so I can come and do it.

"Everyone thinks I am Ian Beale and so it’s going to be great to show I am not."

Speaking further about potentially returning to EastEnders in the future, Adam said: "I will go with what happens. I might take the summer off and go and work at my mate’s restaurant when he does the pop up stalls at food festivals.

"I did it a couple of times this summer and I enjoyed it. But I am just now really looking forward to doing I’m A Celebrity. Programmes like this were a blessed relief during the lockdowns last year and I can’t wait to go in.”

Adam filmed his final scenes for EastEnders in November 2020, reflecting on the past year, the actor listed off all the experiences he has had so far.

He said: "It will have been a year since I was last in EastEnders by the time I go in. I’ve enjoyed my time so much. I am very much enjoying my life and doing things I want to do."

It was announced at the end of Wednesday's I'm A Celebrity that Adam would be joining the show with Coronation Street's Simon Gregson, who plays Steve McDonald on the ITV soap.

I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! continues to air at 9pm on ITV and ITV Hub every night.

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