Has Ian Beale actor Adam Woodyatt left EastEnders for good?

25 November 2021, 09:36 | Updated: 25 November 2021, 09:38

Adam Woodyatt teases EastEnders return date

Has Adam Woodyatt left EastEnders for good? Find out everything...

Adam Woodyatt recently joined the I'm A Celebrity line up as a latecomer, competing to be crowned King of the castle.

But his stint on reality TV has left EastEnders viewers wondering whether his character Ian Beale with ever return to the soap.

Ian was last seen back in January when he left in the middle of the night after discovering his wife Sharon Mitchell (Letitia Dean) had been poisoning him.

Actor Adam previously took an extended break from the show last year to go on tour with stage show Looking Good Dead.

Adam Woodyatt is starring on I'm A Celeb
Adam Woodyatt is starring on I'm A Celeb. Picture: ITV

But after the play was put on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic, the 52-year-old has been enjoying some much needed relaxation.

So, when will Ian Beale return to EastEnders? Here’s what we know…

Has Ian Beale left EastEnders for good?

It has not been confirmed whether Ian Beale will be back on EastEnders.

Adam recently admitted he is longer under contract to the BBC.

Ian Beale won't be back on EastEnders until 2022
Ian Beale won't be back on EastEnders until 2022. Picture: BBC

He said: "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. I didn’t want to spoil the surprise and so I have been keeping very quiet about it.”

But speaking on The One Show, Adam revealed he might be back on our screens at some point in 2022.

He said: "Well I am off to do a theatre tour.

"I was supposed to start it 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."

He added: "I have done pantos over the years, but this is the first straight drama I When asked when he could be back on the Square, the actor replied: "I don’t know that’s the honest answer - the tour at the moment runs until the end 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 sometime 2022 at the earliest! Sorry!"

And fans aren’t happy about the news, as one wrote on Twitter: “Simply can’t hack eastenders without ian beale for another 8 months.”

“Ian beale might not be back till next year?!,” asked another, while a third added: “You know what I miss Ian Beale, EE is just not the same without him.”