Rumour has it that Adam Woodyatt, better known as fish and chip mogul Ian Beale, is so fed up of working Saturdays that he has threatened to go on strike.
The Sun reports that Adam is encouraging his co-stars to boycott next month’s British Soap Awards in protest.
A source told the paper: “Adam is leading the campaign to stop working Saturdays.
“He’s trying to get the rest of the cast on board as he doesn’t think anyone should be filming on Saturdays, not just him. He’s really unhappy.”
The newspaper previously reported that stars of the soap had the hump about being forced to stay near the set at weekends in case of emergency filming.
It was claimed that they weren’t allowed to be more than two hours away in case they were needed for some last minute filming.
A source told the paper at the time: “The cast are furious. In the past they’ve been able to plan weekend trips abroad. Everyone now has to be on call on Saturdays as well as weekdays. If they go to a football match or a birthday party, they have to be prepared to walk out at the last minute.”
EastEnders bosses have rubbished the new claims, saying that the reason Adam won’t be at the star-studded ceremony next month is because he’ll be on holiday.
Adam has played the role of Ian Beale since the show’s very first episode in 1985. He remains the soap’s longest serving cast member.