ETERNALLY known as Ian Beale by EastEnders fans, Adam Woodyatt left the programme in January, 2021.
One year after his exit, the actor insisted he was ready to reprise his role during an appearance in yesterday's (January 9, 2022) Sunday Brunch.
53-year-old Adam was part of the original cast of the BBC show when it first aired in 1985.
Although he did not expect to stay in the soap beyond the first year, Adam ended up playing the role of Ian Beale for two decades.
He left Walford in January, 2021, after accepting a lead role in the play Looking Good Dead, as he stated during his participation in I'm A Celebrity 2021.
But during an appearance on Channel 4's Sunday Brunch, Adam said he would be tempted to return to EastEnders and admitted he left the show half-heartedly.
"I think as long as I love, I'm still going to be seen as Ian Beale. It doesn't matter what I do, what else I do, where I go, Ian Beale is always going to be a part of my life", he said.
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Speaking of his departure and claiming that his exit was not just his decision to make, Adam said that his character "needed to go."
"It's not just my decision to make, it's also EastEnders. I left because of the way the storyline was going, because Ian needed to go."
"Not me going 'I want to leave', or them saying 'You're going!' that was the storyline."
Adam has not ruled out a potential comeback to EastEnders and it has previously been teased that he could come back as early as May, 2022.
The prospect can only delight fans as another star of the show has been announced to leave.
After nine years on the programme, the BBC has confirmed that Danny Dyer will step out of Albert Square, having being swept up by Sky to star in a rival drama.
The actor had moved into The Queen Vic in Albert Square in 2013, thus becoming the pub's landlord.
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He has been remaining loyal to his role of Mick Carter ever since.
Although there had been speculation about his impending departure, the exit came as a shock to many fans of the soap and is due later this year.
The broadcaster promised fans a healthy dose of "explosive drama."
"Danny will be leaving EastEnders when his contract comes to an end later this year", a spokesperson declared.
"Danny has made Mick Carter an iconic character, which we shall always be grateful for, however we won't be saying goodbye just yet as there's still quite some time – and plenty of explosive drama for Mick – to come before he departs Walford."
Meanwhile, a friend of Danny's explained that "Danny loves EastEnders but as an actor he feels the time is right to explore other roles", during an interview with PA news agency.
"He's incredibly grateful to the show and the opportunities it has given him, and it wasn't a decision he took lightly, but after playing Mick for nearly nine years he feels it's time to give the character of Mick a rest.
"He's not sure how they are going to write him out yet but he's hoping that they leave the door open for Mick."
According to another source close EastEnders bosses, "Danny made the decision quite some time ago", therefore allowing producers to work on a "huge storyline for him."
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