Adam ‘doesn’t know’ whether he will return to playing Ian Beale (Picture: BBC)

Adam Woodyatt has further dashed our hopes of an EastEnders return, admitting that he ‘doesn’t know’ if he’ll be back in Albert Square.

Consider us devastated.

The actor played Ian Beale in the BBC soap from its first ever episode in 1985, before ultimately leaving in 2021.

The TV legend has gone on to compete in I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! since his Walford exit, and has starred in various theatre productions including Looking Good Dead.

It was confirmed earlier this year that the 54-year-old had landed the role of Alfred P. Doolittle in a revival of My Fair Lady which will tour the UK and Ireland, meaning that it’s unlikely we’ll be seeing Ian back in the Square any time soon.

Adam has since discussed the possibility of an EastEnders return, revealing that he’s ‘never gonna say never’.

‘It’s a question I get asked all the time,’ he told Buzz. ‘And it’s a question I can’t answer because I don’t know the answer.

Adam was last seen in the Square in 2021 (Picture: BBC)

‘It’s not just my decision, it’s their decision as well.

‘They’ve got to write something. I’ve got to be available. Because I keep doing other work. The door’s open, but there’s a lot of doors that are open.’

Adam left EastEnders at the beginning of 2021 as part of a controversial storyline that saw Ian’s best mate Sharon Watts (Letitia Dean) plot to kill him, with some assistance from Phil Mitchell (Steve McFadden). 

Ian had married best mate Sharon under the belief that she’d fallen in love with him, but secretly, she’d been plotting his downfall for the role she reckoned that he played in her son’s death. 

Harrowing scenes saw the landlady try to poison him with her carbonara.

However, in spite of her resentment towards Ian, she couldn’t go though with it. 

EastEnders airs Mondays to Thursdays at 7:30pm on BBC One.

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