EastEnders star Adam Woodyatt: “I wouldn’t buy it if Ian turned out to be Lucy’s killer”

The Walford stalwart on the soap’s long-running murder mystery and the upcoming 30th anniversary

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EastEnders star Adam Woodyatt has been talking to Radio Times about the chances of his character Ian Beale being exposed as the killer of screen daughter Lucy.

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“It’s possible,” admits the actor in the new issue. “But if that happened, I’d have a long chat with our executive producer Dominic Treadwell-Collins to try and find out why. I don’t think so, though. I wouldn’t buy that one.”

The mystery surrounding the identity of Lucy’s killer has been running since Good Friday, with events set to come to a head during the soap’s upcoming 30th anniversary in 2015.

As for how the storyline has affected Woodyatt, the actor says that this year has been unlike any other during his three decades on EastEnders.

“On an emotional level, nothing has come close to this. Dominic has given me a brilliant storyline which has, at times, been very challenginh. But the whole point of soaps is to portray real life and this is what happens to some families. Grief can be very raw. And I can’t use a tear stick, so when Ian’s cried, I’ve really cried.

“As far as the character of Lucy goes, Hetti Bywater might have only played her for a short period of time, but I’ve known the character for 20 years. So it has been distressing. But my colleagues have all been really patient and the writers and directors have all been brilliant.”

The big birthday week in February of next year will see live elements over all the episode, culminating in a full 30-minute live instalment from the soap’s set in Elstree. “I’ve put in for a holiday request, I’ve booked sick leave, but they’ve all been turned down,” Woodyatt laughs. “But joking aside, I’m really looking forward to it.”

And does he ever envisage a day when Ian himself could meet his maker? “This Wednesday marks 30 years, in terms of the date of the first contract. And this place is like home. It’s like having a second family. Besides, Steve McFadden and I reckon that if a nuclear bomb went off in Walford, we’d be walking out of the dust cloud saying, ‘did you hear a bang?’”

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