I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! star Adam Woodyatt has revealed he only told his two children before it was announced he’d be taking part in this year’s series.
The 53 year old EastEnders actor, who plays Ian Beale on the BBC soap, is a late edition to the ITV reality series this year.
And it was only due to his decision to take an extended break from Albert Square, that he was finally able to sign up to the hugely-popular programme.
I’m A Celeb, which is taking place at Gwrych Castle in Wales for the second year in a row, will see the dad-of-two making his late entrance during Thursday night’s instalment.
But he admitted that he made a choice to keep it from his friends and the rest of his family, including his ex-wife Beverley Sharp, because he wanted it to be a “surprise”.
Adam teased his fans to “expect the unexpected” as he revealed he only told his daughter Jessica, 28, and son Samuel, 24, “very recently”.
“I didn’t want to spoil the surprise,” actor explained. “And so I have been keeping very quiet about it.”
The star also revealed he’s actually known about doing the programme for a “long time” and he’s so excited to finally go and get stuck in to camp life.
He’s also convinced that soap fans will vote for him to take part in a lot of Bushtucker Trials.
Asked why he’s finally said “yes” to taking part in the show, Adam revealed the honest answer is simply because he’s not in EastEnders.
“I am not in contract with the BBC so I can come and do it,” the Walford staple added. “Everyone thinks I am Ian Beale and so it’s going to be great to show I am not.”
It comes as Adam made a decision to take a break from EastEnders last year, after a solid three decades on the BBC soap.
The actor filmed his last scenes in November 2020, and has been enjoying embarking on some new projects this year, including a theatre production in the summer.
The star hasn't decided when he'll return to the soap, and insisted he will "go with what happens", musing that he might take next summer off to work at his friend's restaurant when he's away at food festivals.
Adam finished by saying he's just "really looking forward" to doing I'm A Celeb at the moment, and praised the show for being a "blessed relief during the lockdowns".
I'm A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! continues every night at 9pm on ITV.
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