EastEnders is not only one of the most iconic shows on British television, but also one of the longest-running.
Throughout its storied 36-year run, there have been many actors who have had a starring role on the show for a considerable amount of time, Phil Mitchell (played by Steve McFadden) and Pat Butcher (played by Pam St Clement) come to mind.
However, no one has been on the cockney soap longer than Adam Woodyatt, who has starred as Ian Beale since the show first began and is the only member of the original cast who is still left on the show, reports The Express.
With that being said, even he has something that he hates about being on the show.
While he claimed to love the majority of his time in Albert Square, he made a surprising confession about his least favourite moment during an interview on This Morning.
As the character who has spent the longest amount of time on the show, he was asked if he still enjoyed the infamous cliffhangers – that are revealed with a burst of drumbeats.
He admitted: “Oh no I hate those bits because you’ve got to stand there for four seconds like a lemon.
“Right, because you’d respond normally in the real world if somebody’s just given you some vital information like ‘Cindy’s dead’.”
He confessed to feeling really awkward during those moments and that it wasn’t easy to “stand there” and “not do anything”.
Phillip tried to recreate one of the cliffhangers after being told “Cindy’s dead” by the Ian Beale actor.
Despite the alleged difficulty of those scenes, the ITV star appeared to hold his composure as he stared off into the distance and maintained a sad look.
In a joke about his acting skills, Adam claimed that he had replicated the look of Pauline Fowler, one of the show’s most iconic characters.
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He said: “Oh no, you’ve done the Wendy Richard’s technique, you were thinking about your shopping.”
The hosts burst into hysterical laughter as Adam recalled: “That’s what Wendy used to do… [she’d] literally sit there going ‘chilli, chocolate…’”
Phillip compared the look to that of fictional character Joey Tribbiani from the US TV sitcom ‘Friends’.
He said: “It’s like Joey from Friends’ ‘smell the fart’ acting.”
Phillip opened his eyes wide and looked around the studio with inflated nostrils.
Rochelle reigned their antics back in by stating: “But it’s the moment that means you’ve got a very good story line though right? It absolutely does.”
Adam, who was 15 years old when he started on the show, admitted that he appreciated the friendships he had made most of all.
He added: “As with any job, there are days when you’re not going to have as much fun as others but on the whole I like it.”
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