EastEnders’ Ian Beale actor Adam Woodyatt slimmer than ever in new backstage pic

EastEnders star Adam Woodyatt looks slimmer than ever in recently released behind-the-scenes snaps from the BBC One soap.

The 52-year-old, who plays Walford's loveable grump Ian Beale, left fans stunned earlier this year when he showcased his lockdown weight loss.

Now, in a photo taken by his co-star Luisa Bradshaw-White, the soap star looked even more buff than before in a white tee and jeans.

With his long-sleeved shirt tucked into his trousers, Adam's waistline was visibly slimmed-down as he struck a pose before the lens.

His pals Kellie Bright and Danny Dyer could also be seen fooling around in the backstage snap, as the actors played up for the camera while socially distancing.

Adam shared his weight loss secret with fans last week, revealing he shed the pounds while travelling around the UK on a bicycle.

The dad-of-two explained his co-star Jake Wood – who regularly shares photos of his shirtless abs with fans – had encouraged him to get peddling in an effort to lose weight.

Sharing a video of the duo kitted out in cycling gear, Adam said: "Like my mate Mr Wood says, 'you got to get out there. You got to do it.' He goes running – I go cycling."

Adam, who announced he had split from his wife Beverley Sharp last month, previously revealed he was the victim of fat-shaming from cruel trolls.

Speaking to the Daily Mirror back in May, Adam confessed he had no time for body shaming, as he recalled snapping back during encounters with rude fans.

He said: "One of the best examples of somebody being rude is when we were at BBC Good Food.

"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. A little while later a bloke has leant across the stand and literally patted my stomach and said, ‘You've put on some timber'."

Clearly riled by the nasty encounter, the EastEnders star added: "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. If they're rude and offensive, I'll be rude and offensive back."

Eastenders airs on Mondays at 8.05pm, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7.35pm and Fridays at 8.30pm on BBC One.

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