The actor, best known for his role as Ian Beale, told MailOnline he’s planning to return to the stage for his role in Looking Good Dead in the New Year, alongside his former co-star Laurie Brett.
Adam, who was reportedly paid a six figure sum to take part in the show, also revealed he’s received a few tips from his former co-star
Grand return: EastEnders’ Adam Woodyatt has revealed there are no plans to him to return to the soap, as he prepares to make a late arrival on I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here!
Adam took a break from EastEnders in 2020 to appear in his new play alongside Gaynor Faye, and he explained he’ll be heading back to rehearsals after the Christmas break.
The actor revealed Gaynor would be leaving the production, and he’s not set to star opposite Laurie, who played Ian Beale’s former wife Jane.
He said: ‘I come out of the castle, whenever that is, and then I’ve got Christmas off and then I’m back into rehearsals because Laurie is taking over from Gaynor Faye, and then we’re doing that until the end of April.
‘I haven’t worked with [Laurie] yet – we’ve done some rehearsals it’s been a lot of fun working and seeing her again, it’s kind of bittersweet because as much as I’m looking forward to Laurie coming in, I’m going to miss Gaynor because it’s been an absolute joy to work with it’s been wonderful.’
Not yet: The actor, best known for his role as Ian Beale, told MailOnline he’s planning to return to the stage for his role in Looking Good Dead in the New Year
Adam, who revealed he’s already pals with Emmerdale’s Danny Miller and had been interview by Richard Madeley, added that he’s already received some advice from his former soap co-stars about appearing on the show.
He continued: ‘I’ve spoken to my good mate Shane, he’s given me a few, Vicky Pattison has as well, I’ll be honest I didn’t actually ask them, I didn’t actually want to know because I want to go in and find out for myself.
‘I would have actually quite liked it if I hadn’t found out about who the other 10 are, I would have been oging in there completely blind not knowing.
‘Obviously there are some people I do know, but others I don’t and I’ve deliberately not taken time to Google it or research them, because I’d rather hear it from them, I’d rather them tell me who they are.’
Big money: It was reported that Adam agreed to take part in I’m A Celebrity after bosses offered him a bumper pay deal
It was reported that Adam agreed to take part in I’m A Celebrity after bosses offered him a bumper pay deal.
An insider told The Sun: ‘Adam was a big target for the casting team – he is a soap legend and is certain to be a huge hit with fans.
But they knew they might have their work cut out because he has been quite reticent to do interviews or reality TV shows in recent years.’
ITV bosses are believed to be thrilled that Adam, who is currently on an ‘extended break’ from EastEnders, will appear on the reality series.
New adventure: Adam also revealed he’s received a few tips from his former co-star Shane Richie (pictured) about coping with life in Gwrych Castle
It comes after I’m A Celebrity was thrown into chaos on Tuesday as both Naughty Boy and Arlene Phillips threatened to quit the show after just three days in the camp.
The ITV series kicked off its brand new series on Sunday, but the two stars have already shared their intentions to leave the derelict Gwrych Castle following a tough start which saw them spend two days in The Clink.
Towards the end of the show, Ant and Dec confirmed that the pair have joined the Main Camp for now.
Adam’s arrival on I’m A Celebrity will air on Thursday at 9pm on ITV.
I’m A Celebrity 2021 Line-up
CLAIM TO FAME: Broadcaster & ex BBC Breakfast Host
BIGGEST MISCONCEPTION TO DISPEL IN THE CASTLE: It’s nice to be able to show the fun side of me rather than the serious news presenter.
PHOBIAS: The idea of small, enclosed spaces with cockroaches and spiders is horrific!
ROLE IN THE CAMP: I will give out hugs and make the food more edible!
MISS MOST: My comfortable bed and lovely bath.
DREAM CAMPER: Angelina Jolie and Daniel Craig – we wouldn’t have a problem getting stars if he were in the Castle.
CLAIM TO FAME: Olympic Gold Medallist
BIGGEST MISCONCEPTION TO DISPEL IN THE CASTLE: People always see me as very composed and serious on the diving board. This will be a nice opportunity to let people get to know me better.
PHOBIAS: I don’t like rats.
ROLE IN THE CAMP: I don’t mind helping out with cleaning.
MISS MOST: My bed!
DREAM CAMPER: Ed Sheeran and Will Smith
CLAIM TO FAME: Radio 1Xtra DJ
BIGGEST MISCONCEPTION TO DISPEL IN THE CASTLE: People know me as a very bubbly person but when I am outside of my comfort zone, I can be shy.
PHOBIAS: Bugs, heights and I’m claustrophobic.
ROLE IN THE CAMP: I love twerking on a Friday night and I’m going to teach everyone how to do it in the Castle!
MISS MOST: My cat and lip gloss.
DREAM CAMPER: Jim Carrey and Big Narstie.
CLAIM TO FAME: TV presenter and journalist
BIGGEST MISCONCEPTION TO DISPEL IN THE CASTLE: Nothing. I don’t worry about what people think.
PHOBIAS: Heights. I’m not sure how I will feel if I have to walk across a plank very high up!
ROLE IN THE CAMP: Cook and interviewer. I love finding out about people’s lives.
MISS MOST: Aside from Judy and my family, not knowing what is happening in the news. I am a news junkie.
DREAM CAMPER: The late Jimmy Greaves. I would have loved to chat about goal scoring in the Castle with him.
DAME ARLENE PHILLIPS, DBE
DAME ARLENE PHILLIPS, DBE
CLAIM TO FAME: Choreographer
BIGGEST MISCONCEPTION TO DISPEL IN THE CASTLE: People don’t really know the real me at home and I’d like to show people the motherly side, the side my family sees.
PHOBIAS: I am hoping I will overcome my fears to take part in the Trials!
ROLE IN THE CAMP: Mum and to organise some fun dance routines!
MISS MOST: My notepad and pencil –I am known for always having to write down ideas.
DREAM CAMPER: Giovanna Fletcher –she is such a lovely, warm person.
CLAIM TO FAME: Producer
BIGGEST MISCONCEPTION TO DISPEL IN THE CASTLE: People don’t know the real me and I want everyone to get to know me.
PHOBIAS: Confined spaces and heights but I want to give the Trials a go to bring back some stars.
ROLE IN THE CAMP: Castle chef and someone who everyone can confide in.
MISS MOST: My mum. I live with her and it’s going to be hard being away from her.
DREAM CAMPER: Sir Elton John would be amazing.
KADEENA COX, MBE
KADEENA COX, MBE
CLAIM TO FAME: Paralympic Gold Medallist
BIGGEST MISCONCEPTION TO DISPEL IN THE CASTLE: Great to be able to show people with all disabilities they can try different things in life.
PHOBIAS: Snakes, rats, spiders, heights – everything!
ROLE IN THE CAMP: Chef – so long as there isn’t too much pressure to make the food interesting!
MISS MOST: TikTok, my mum and dog.
DREAM CAMPER: Thierry Henry –I love watching Arsenal play.
CLAIM TO FAME: Football legend
BIGGEST MISCONCEPTION TO DISPEL IN THE CASTLE: None because I never hide behind a false image. What you see is what you get.
PHOBIAS: I am going to tell you when I am in the Castle!
ROLE IN THE CAMP: Chef. I enjoy cooking at home and I will be hoping to add some garlic and rosemary to the food.
MISS MOST: My partner and my little girl. It’s going to be tough.
CLAIM TO FAME: The Saturdays star
BIGGEST MISCONCEPTION TO DISPEL IN THE CASTLE: People think if you are in a pop group, you lead a glamorous lifestyle and won’t get stuck in, but I’m determined to muck in with all the chores.
PHOBIAS: Spiders, rats and confined spaces scare me.
ROLE IN THE CAMP: The serial hugger.
MISS MOST: Wayne and my boys.
DREAM CAMPER: Larry Lamb or a father figure type.
CLAIM TO FAME: Emmerdale actor
BIGGEST MISCONCEPTION TO DISPEL IN THE CASTLE: None but I would like to show everyone what I am like in real life rather than my soap character, Aaron Dingle.
PHOBIAS: I am absolutely dreading the eating Trials! I fear I will gag!
ROLE IN THE CAMP: A shoulder to cry on and a person everyone can come to if they have a problem.
MISS MOST: My fiancée, Steph, and our new baby.
DREAM CAMPER: Fred Sirieix or any ex football player. I won’t be able to leave them alone asking lots of questions!