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Ex EastEnders star Adam Woodyatt slams bosses for turning Ian Beale into 'sociopath and narcissist'


‘They should’ve chosen other directions to go in!’ Ex EastEnders star Adam Woodyatt slams BBC bosses for turning his character Ian Beale into a ‘sociopath’ and ‘narcissist’

Adam Woodyatt has slammed EastEnders bosses, claiming they shouldn’t have turned his character Ian Beale into a ‘sociopath’.

The actor, 53, admitted the businessman was ‘very unpopular’ with viewers due to his ‘forthright’ and ‘quite rude’ ways, going so far as to say he was a ‘narcissist’.

Having played the role since its first ever episode in 1985, he quit the BBC soap last year and has now said producers should have ‘gone in a different direction’.

'They should've chosen other directions to go in!' Ex EastEnders star Adam Woodyatt has slammed BBC bosses for turning his character Ian Beale into a 'sociopath' and 'narcissist'

‘They should’ve chosen other directions to go in!’ Ex EastEnders star Adam Woodyatt has slammed BBC bosses for turning his character Ian Beale into a ‘sociopath’ and ‘narcissist’

Despite being introduced as ‘a spotty, teenage kid who got bullied at school’, Ian’s downfall came after splitting from his wife Jane (Laurie Brett) for good in 2020.

Adam told Kate Thornton on her White Wine Question Time podcast: ‘The character evolved. If you think back in the 80s, he was a spotty, teenage kid. He was getting bullied at school, his dad wanted him to do boxing.’

‘It’s been a very, very long journey. But don’t get me wrong, I don’t always think that some of the changes were right.

‘Maybe they should’ve chosen other directions to go but they weren’t my decisions. They were stuff the bosses chose.

Furious: Having played the role since its first episode in 1985, he quit the BBC soap last year and has now said producers should have 'gone in a different direction' (pictured in-character)

Furious: Having played the role since its first episode in 1985, he quit the BBC soap last year and has now said producers should have ‘gone in a different direction’ (pictured in-character)

‘Did it make Ian unpopular? Yeah, at times. He was quite forthright and quite rude to everyone, even people he loved.

‘He claimed to be a great father but actually he wasn’t. He was an absolute narcissist. Some would say a sociopath. But he was very misunderstood. Mostly, his heart was in the right place. He just got things wrong.’

Of Ian’s separation from Jane, the former I’m A Celebrity campmate added: ‘It made him very unpopular because all the stuff he’d learnt over the years he forgot and reverted to a previous version of him.

‘Which is why the storyline ended up where it was, because there was nowhere else to go.’

Ian’s final scenes saw him heading towards the London Underground after Sharon Watts (Letitia Dean) attempted to poison him after discovering he had been to blame for her son Denny’s death.

Of a possible return to the show, Adam confessed: ‘I’m quite happy doing what I’m doing. I haven’t got a clue what’s going to happen.’

Happier times: Despite being introduced as 'a spotty, teenage kid who got bullied at school', Ian's downfall came after splitting from his wife Jane (Laurie Brett) [pictured in-character]

Happier times: Despite being introduced as ‘a spotty, teenage kid who got bullied at school’, Ian’s downfall came after splitting from his wife Jane (Laurie Brett) [pictured in-character]

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