I'm A Celeb's Adam Woodyatt reveals to Frankie Bridge why he left EastEnders

Adam Woodyatt opened up to fellow campmate Frankie Bridge about his departure from EastEnders on the latest episode of I’m a Celebrity, which was broadcast tonight.

The actor, best known for playing Ian Beale on the BBC soap, is currently on a break from it – having left last year.

He previously told the Mirror and other outlets, prior to entering the I’m a Celebrity camp, that he has “no plans” to return to the soap following his stint on the ITV series.

The topic however came up in the camp at Gwrych Castle recently, during a conversation which included Loose Women panelist Frankie and Corrie actor Simon Gregson.

I'm A Celeb's Adam Woodyatt reveals to Frankie Bridge why he left EastEnders
© ITV/REX/Shutterstock Adam is a campmate on I’m a Celebrity during his break from EastEnders

Discussing his career, Adam revealed that he got into the industry when he was about 9 years old – prompted by a classmate at school who had starred in commercials.

The actor said: “My mum spoke to his mum, got the details. [I] went round to this lady’s house in Leytonstone.”

The 53-year-old said that the house had a piano and he was asked to sing a few songs.

He then commented: “And that was Sylvia Young’s front room. Way, way before she had the school.”

I'm A Celeb's Adam Woodyatt reveals to Frankie Bridge why he left EastEnders
© ITV/REX/Shutterstock Frankie asked Adam about his departure from EastEnders in the latest episode

Amidst his recounting of his introduction into the industry, Frankie brought up his departure from the BBC soap, asking: “What made you leave EastEnders, Adam?”

He responded: “I just had another opportunity. This play came up. I just fancied doing something different.”

He added: “The way the storyline was, they needed me to take a break. Yeah … the break’s just got longer.”

The actor has been starring in the murder-mystery Looking Good Dead, which is due to resume its UK tour in January. It’s expected to continue until April next year.

And after Kadeena Cox asked if he would ever get into film, the actor commented: “I’m available as of April.”

I'm A Celeb's Adam Woodyatt reveals to Frankie Bridge why he left EastEnders
© ITV/REX/Shutterstock Simon and Adam were late arrivals into camp

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Earlier in the conversation, Simon had discussed his career – stating that he’s “never done anything but play” Steve McDonald on the ITV soap.

He said: “I was […] 14 when I got the job. They went round loads of different schools in Manchester looking for two young lads to play the McDonald twins.”

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