EastEnders reunion as Jake Wood and Adam Woodyatt catch up on break from BBC soap


EASTENDERS stars Adam Woodyatt and Jake Wood enjoyed a brew away from Albert Square as the pair caught up during their soap absence.

Adam, who plays longstanding BBC One favourite Ian Beale, has been written out of the Walford action as he takes a break from the show.

EastEnders stars Jake Wood, left, and Adam Woodyatt caught up for a brew away from the BBC soap
Their catch up came after the pair’s impromptu selfie earlier this month

Meanwhile Jake, who played Max Branning for 15 years, exited Albert Square in February in an explosive storyline that saw his character shunned.

He is now starring alongside popstar Lily Allen in 2:22 A Ghost Story – and Adam went along to show his support for the theatre show.

The pair, both sporting beards and moustaches, posed in a cafe, with an excited Adam holding up his coffee cup in a cheers.

Jake, 49, wearing a white Hugo Boss T-Shirt was tasked with taking the soap star selfie which he then posted to his Instagram page.

In the caption, he wrote: “This legend came to see me in @222aghoststory last night. We had a great night. Enjoy your tour in @peterjamesonstage @adamwoodyatt.

“Can’t wait to see it.”

In a sweet reply showing their bromance, Adam wrote: “You and your colleagues smashed it last night. @222aghoststory was fantastic with a brilliant script and direction.

“Would come and see it again if I could.”

The snap comes after the pair’s impromptu selfie earlier this month, when they bumped into each other at London’s Kings Cross station.


Previously, Jake told how he’ll finish performing in 2:22 A Ghost Story just in time for the jungle launch.

Good Morning Britain host Ben Shephard quizzed: “Will you be finished in time to go into the jungle if the call comes in?”

“Yes, I finish in mid-October,” said Jake.

“I’ve made no secret of the fact I’d love to do the jungle. We were talking about it in the break, Kate [Garraway, who was a 2019 cast member].”

Ben then asked whether he’d be up for starring in the Australian or Welsh series after coronavirus forced ITV bosses to change the location.

“Either or – bring it on!,” shouted Jake.

Earlier this month HOAR revealed Jake’s in advanced talks to be in I’m a Celeb.

But Jake, 48, has since met with the ITV jungle show’s casting chiefs, who are aiming to secure the best line-up yet for its return to Australia.

And sources said last night he is keen to sign up if offered a place.

One told HOAR: “He would love to go into the jungle.

“He thinks it would be a great challenge for him and he has of course seen how well other ­EastEnders stars have done on the series.”


Meanwhile Adam has warned fans he may never resume his iconic soap role.

The actor has played the role of businessman Ian Beale for a massive 36 years, appearing in the first episode in 1985.

But the 53-year-old, on an “extended break” from the soap, admitted his return was not set in stone.

He told the Metro in July: “I won’t be going back until this time next year at the absolute earliest.

“I’m committed to touring with Looking Good Dead until the end of October. I’m then going to America because my daughter is getting married.

“Then hopefully we’re going to pick the tour up and do some of the venues that were originally planned but that we hadn’t managed to get to. That’s likely to be January to April.”

The snaps are a far contrast from their rivalry on screen

Jake has quit EastEnders while Adam is on an extended break

Jake is currently starring in the West End – but is tipped for the I’m A Celeb jungle