East Enders favourite Ian Beale is being ‘written out’ of the show after playing the character for 35 years as he takes an ‘extended break’ from the soap.
Los Angeles: Adam Woodyatt, who has played Ian since the show’s first episode in 1985, is having a prolonged ‘holiday’ with his part being ‘written out’ of upcoming episodes, just as the show prepares to return to air.
The long-time character will be off screen for around 10 weeks due to an ‘explosive plot twist’, a source has claimed according to the Daily Star. Another source added: ‘Writers are staying tight-lipped about what happens, so it’s not known yet what the future will hold for the character.’ It comes as the actor has be pictured leaving a hotel near the East Enders set with his luggage during time away from the home he shares with his wife Beverley.
Ian has been centre-stage of the show’s biggest storyline this year with the death of Dennis Mitchell after he caused the teenager to perish in a boat crash – which marked the soap’s 35th anniversary in February. The character has not faced justice over the incident but bosses have hinted Sharon, played by Letitia Dean, will uncover what happened to her son.
It comes as bosses have revealed the soap will be back on air on September 7. ,The long-running drama is currently on a 12 week break after it ran out of episodes while filming was halted amid the coronavirus pandemic earlier this year.
After almost three months off air, BBC bosses joked that they ‘can’t wait for series two’, after the soap previously ran uninterrupted for 35 years.The announcement was made across Eastenders’ social media platforms, including Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.