I’m A Celeb Adam Woodyatt’s family tragedy, dramatic weight loss and Liverpool links

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Adam Woodyatt has swapped Walford for Wales as he joined the line-up of the newest season of I’m A Celebrity.

The EastEnders actor entered Gwrych castle as a wildcard, alongside Corrie’s Simon Gregson, this week

The 53-year-old is best known for playing Ian Beale and said he had finally accepted the offer to appear on the flagship ITV reality show after his contract with the BBC ended.

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Ian Beale exited the show in January – and Adam remained tight-lipped on whether the iconic character will return to Albert Square.

He said: “I will go with what happens.

“I might take the summer off and go and work at my mate’s restaurant when he does the pop-up stalls at food festivals. I did it a couple of times this summer and I enjoyed it.

He added: “But I am just now really looking forward to doing I’m A Celebrity. Programmes like this were a blessed relief during the lockdowns last year and I can’t wait to go in.”

Adam has played Ian Beale ever since the soap debuted in 1983 and he spoke about how he is looking to show a different side to his personality.

He added: “I’ve known about doing I’m A Celebrity for a long time and I can’t wait to go in now. I don’t mind if I am first or last in the castle – I am just really looking forward to being on the show.

“Everyone thinks I am Ian Beale and so it’s going to be great to show I am not.”

Away from the screen, Adam was married to dancer Beverly Sharp for 22 years before they separated last year.

The couple have two children together named Jessica, 27, and Samuel, 23.

Adam spoke of his huge pride of his son after he completed the London Marathon in 2017 just months after he fell into a coma following a car accident.

He told the Press Association: “He got hit by a car back in September, the London Air Ambulance came out to him and put him in an induced coma for two days, a five-hour op to rebuild his pelvis.

“He was in a wheelchair for eight weeks had to learn to walk again which he did really quickly, then he had to run which he did really really quickly, then he went back to doing his gymnastics and all his tumbling really really quickly.

“It has been pretty miraculous and then he goes and runs this in four hours and 24 minutes. It was brilliant. I haven’t seen him yet I’m trying to find him, he’s been texting saying ‘where are you?'”

Adam also ran the London marathon that year in aid of the Air Ambulance Service who rescued Sam.

The actor completed the race again in 2019 to raise funds for the Dementia Revolution in honour of iconic EastEnders’ co-star Barbara Windsor.

The avid runner stunned fans over lockdown when he flaunted a slimmer frame for the Secrets From The Square show.

He credited his weight loss to a change to his exercise programme which was encouraged by Jake Wood, who plays Max Branning in the soap.

He told his Instagram followers: “Like my mate Mr Wood says, ‘you got to get out there. You got to do it.’ He goes running and I go cycling.”

The actor has opened up on his weight in the past and how he was once subjected to a cruel comment from a member of the public.

He told the Mirror : “This woman looks at me and says, ‘You’re fatter than you are on the telly’.

“I said to her, ‘If I had said that to you, you could go to the papers and say I was being rude, this and that. I’m sorry, I don’t like the way you spoke to me’.

“She said ‘I didn’t mean it’ and went off.”

Adam also has a strong connection to the city as he is spoken out about how his love for Liverpool FC.

He told the Observer in 2002: “I’ve been a Liverpool fan since 1976 when I saw them on the telly beating Stoke City 5-3. I was seven.

“My grandad had tried to get me to follow West Ham but even watching them beat Fulham in the 1975 Cup Final didn’t spark anything off. At school in Snaresbrook, east London, everyone else was Spurs or West Ham, so I got slagged off non-stop for supporting Liverpool. People said, ‘You only support Liverpool because they win trophies’.

“But it was because of that 5-3 game. Thank God Liverpool won or I’d have ended up supporting Stoke!”

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