‘My liver was taking a hammering!’: EastEnders’ Adam Woodyatt reveals he quit alcohol due to doctors’ orders – prompting three stone weight loss
Adam Woodyatt has revealed he quit boozing after he was hospitalised with a stomach issue.
The EastEnders star, who is best known for playing Ian Beale in the BBC soap, has lost a massive three stone since going teetotal last year on doctors’ orders.
The 53-year-old actor explained that doctors said his liver was taking a ‘hammering’ from the alcohol and he needed ‘tests’.
‘My liver was taking a hammering’: EastEnders’ Adam Woodyatt, 53, revealed he gave up alcohol due to doctor’s advice and lost three stone
After Covid hit in 2020 the tests got pushed back from six weeks to 12 weeks and by that point the actor had already quit drinking.
He said: ‘I went into hospital with a stomach issue and they pointed out my liver was probably taking a bit of a hammering. They said, “Look, give your liver a rest for six weeks, we’ll do some tests.”
‘Then Covid happened and six weeks became 12 weeks. And I thought, “Do you know what — I’ve cracked this, I don’t miss it, I’m better off without it.”‘
Different man: The soap star, who is known for playing Ian Beale, also managed to drop three stone after quitting booze after a ‘stomach issue’ led to the lifestyle change
Adam hasn’t ruled out alcohol forever but enjoys ‘smelling’ rum at the minute instead of drinking it.
He added: ‘I’m not going to say never again, but at the moment no alcohol and it’s fine. I still like smelling it, especially rum. I’m not so good on whisky.’
The keen cyclist told The Mirror that he now drinks nothing stronger than coffee.
He said: ‘With giving up alcohol, the weight drops off and because the weight drops off it was earlier to cycle, so it was easier to stay fit’.
Amazing: After Covid hit in 2020 the tests got pushed back from six weeks to 12 weeks and by that point the actor had already quit drinking
Recently Adam slammed EastEnders bosses, claiming they shouldn’t have turned his character Ian Beale into a ‘sociopath’.
The actor, 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’.
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.
‘Did it make Ian unpopular? Yeah, at times. He was quite forthright and quite rude to everyone, even people he loved.’
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Furious: Recently Adam slammed EastEnders bosses, claiming they shouldn’t have turned his character Ian Beale into a ‘sociopath’ (pictured in-character)