Ian Beale (played by Adam Woodyatt) is the longest-serving character on EastEnders, having been the head of the Beale clan since 1985. The ruthless businessman has been at the centre of many high profile storylines, including the death of his daughter Lucy Beale (Hetti Bywater) and a struggle with his mental health. However, earlier this year kickstarted his darkest plot yet as he was involved in the demise of young Denny Rickman (Bleu Landau). It’s not been confirmed if Sharon Mitchell (Letitia Dean) is going to discover what really happened on the BBC soap all those months ago, but it’s been rumoured the father-of-three is being written out.
According to reports from The Daily Star, actor Adam, 52, is going to be taking a break from filming for the foreseeable.
An insider explained a little further, telling Express.co.uk: “Bosses have big plans for when the soap comes back and Ian will be part of it.” Express.co.uk did also contact a representative of the show for comment on the speculation.
There is no confirmation on how the beloved character will be leaving if reports are to be believed, but this will not be a full-time departure.
Though viewers have watched as Dotty Cotton (Millie Zero) discovered the part Ian played in Dennis’ death just before the show went off-air.
The youngster has threatened to tell Sharon on numerous occasions about her son’s demise, so could the storyline reach it’s head as she finally follows through with her threat?
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This would certainly be a discovery which would shatter Sharon’s world completely, leaving her with a decision on how to approach her relationship with Ian.
Instead of telling the authorities what her best friend did to her son, the Queen Vic landlady could offer him an ultimatum.
In order to buy her silence, he would have to leave Walford until she felt comfortable enough to live in the same place as her son’s killer.
Again, no official confirmation has been given about Ian’s temporary exit storyline, so he could be called away from Walford for a completely different reason.
On the announcement the weeknight serial drama would be returning to screens with new episodes from Monday September 7, 2020, some teasers were dropped about what’s to come.
Sharon is one character who was mentioned, with Dotty deciding to confess all she knows about Ian’s dark side.
Therefore, the truth will out but as to how the businessman is dealt with and whether he’s around to face the consequences is yet to be revealed.
Executive Producer Jon Sen said: “From the moment we turned the lights out in The Queen Vic our ambition was to come back with a bang and this autumn certainly does that.”
“As soon as Albert Square reawakens the drama returns at a pace and, although working within social distancing guidelines has certainly given us some new challenges, I am incredibly proud of what everyone has achieved,” the soap boss continued.
Fans can’t wait for Ian to get his comeuppance after so many months, with one writing on Twitter: “No doubt it will come out about Ian and Dennis and in the Queen Vic of course in front of everyone #EastEnders.”
Another added: “Ian’s involvement in Denny’s death is bound to be exposed soon…probably Christmas. Could EE be setting up a new WhoDunIt? #EastEnders.”
Viewers will have to tune in from the first week of September to see how the truth really does prevail.
EastEnders: Secrets From The Square continues Monday at 8pm on BBC One.