Adam Woodyatt didn't agree with EastEnders' bosses

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Adam Woodyatt didn't agree with EastEnders' bosses credit:Bang Showbiz
Adam Woodyatt didn't agree with EastEnders' bosses credit:Bang Showbiz

Adam Woodyatt has no plans to return to 'EastEnders' after becoming unhappy with the direction his character was taking.

The 53-year-old actor quit the BBC soap last year after playing businessman Ian Beale since the show's first episode in 1985 and while he loved the character, he didn't agree with all of the decisions by show bosses, including having Ian split with his wife Jane Beale (Laurie Brett).

He told the 'White Wine Question Time' podcast: "I'm quite happy doing what I’m doing. I haven't got a clue what’s going to happen.

"The character evolved. If you think back in the 80s, he was a spotty, teenage kid. He was getting bullied at school, his dad wanted him to do boxing.

"It's been a very, very long journey. But don't get me wrong, I don't always think that some of the changes were right.

"Maybe they should've chosen other directions to go but they weren't my decisions. They were stuff the bosses chose.

"Did it make Ian unpopular? Yeah, at times. He was quite forthright and quite rude to everyone, even people he loved.

"He claimed to be a great father but actually he wasn't. He was an absolute narcissist. Some would say a sociopath. But he was very misunderstood. Mostly, his heart was in the right place. He just got things wrong."

And Adam was particularly unhappy with how Ian changed following his split from Jane.

He said: "It made him very unpopular because all the stuff he'd learnt over the years he forgot and reverted to a previous version of him. Which is why the storyline ended up where it was, because there was nowhere else to go."

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