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Adam Woodyatt: ‘I’m so chuffed for Ben Hardy’

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© BBC / Dan Goldsmith

EastEnders’ longest serving cast member Adam Woodyatt has revealed he is over the moon for his on-screen-son’s new Hollywood role and has revealed he wasn’t too nervous for EastEnders Live Week.

Woodyatt had viewers in tears during EastEnders’ 30th anniversary “Week Of Revelations” in February, but has revealed he wasn’t that worried about live scenes, saying: “We weren’t [nervous]. Me and Laurie knew what we had to do, we know what was coming.

“Once we got the first lines out the way that was it, it’s what we do, we’re actors. It was no different to being on stage, that’s the thing. Maybe slightly less rehearsal, bigger audience, and a tad more pressure. But I loved it, I had an absolute ball, it was going back to what I started doing.”

© BBC / Jack Barnes
© BBC / Jack Barnes

Speaking with Digital Spy at last night’s 2015 Bafta TV Awards nominations party, Adam Woodyatt had nothing but praise for EastEnders’ executive producer, Dominic Treadwell-Collins.

The actor said: “[Dom] revitalised it, he’s brought an energy and enthusiasm. You’re not gonna agree, perhaps, with every thing that he comes up with but he’s going at it with such conviction, enthusian, pick any adjective you want – you have to invest in it, you have to run with him. 9 times out of 10, he’s got it right.

“Whether it’s been Patrick’s stroke, Stan’s cancer, Dot going to prison, Ian loosing his daughter or Linda’s rape, he’s giving us storylines to talk about again which we hadn’t had.”

He also revealed he had tried to talk Ben Hardy (who played Peter Beale), out of leaving the programme, and that he and others had long been winding Ben up about the possible film role in X-men.

Woodyatt said: “I’m gutted to lose him, I tried talking him out of it,” the actor revealed, “Ben’s a great lad, he’s brilliant. I loved working with him. We spent so long winding him up about this ‘possible film role’ and now he’s finally got it, it’s out in the open. I’m just so chuffed, so chuffed. And he’s promised me premier tickets.”

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