EastEnders star Adam Woodyatt reveals how he responds to ‘rude’ fans who comment on his weight

EastEnders star Adam Woodyatt has opened up on rude fans who comment on his weight, and how he chooses to respond to them.

Adam has played Ian Beale on EastEnders since 1985, but despite his lengthy stint on the hit BBC soap, he is not used to attention from fans, which sometimes can be unwelcome.

The soap veteran, 51, opened up on a time when a fan cruelly told him that he was “fatter” than his character.

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He told the How Do You podcast: "This woman looks at me and says, ‘You’re fatter than you are on the telly’.

"I said to her, ‘If I had said that to you, you could go to the papers and say I was being rude, this and that. I’m sorry, I don’t like the way you spoke to me’.

“She said ‘I didn’t mean it’ and went off."

He continued: “A little while later a bloke has leant across the stand and literally patted my stomach and said, ‘You’ve put on some timber’.

“Because of what had happened with this woman, I turned around and said, ‘You’ve lost all your hair, haven’t you?’ and walked off. What gives somebody the right to say that to someone just because you’re on TV?

“If somebody comes up to you and they’re nice, I’ll be nice."

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He added: “If they’re rude and offensive, I’ll be rude and offensive back.”

Adam revealed he also takes a stand against people who insist on asking him for a picture or a selfie when he's out for dinner.

He said: “If I’m having a meal, I’ll ask someone to wait until I’ve finished eating. At this point it usually turns to, ‘You’re just like your character, you’re rude’.

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“Actually no, you’re the one who is being rude. You’ve come up and interrupted somebody while they’re in the middle of doing something.

“Have some patience. Have some manners."

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