EASTENDERS fans couldn’t resist pointing out that Adam Woodyatt now looks just like his character Ian Beale during his homeless era.
The 54-year-old surprised fans as he shared a new selfie yesterday – showing himself with a big bushy beard and a woolly hat.
Adam told his fans: “I know, I look grumpy. Must remember to smile when I take a selfie.”
He was inundated with comments, with one person writing: “He’s turning not ha Ian Beale character when he was homeless.”
“Look like the homeless Ian again lol,” said a second.
While a third joked: “Homeless Ian bills back lol.”
Adam has been showing off his ever-growing grey facial hair on social media since quitting his clean-shaven role as Ian Beale last year.
Adam, who is one of soap’s most recognisable faces, has played Albert Square’s Ian Beale since 1985 but is now on an extended break from the BBC soap.
The actor now lives in a £100,000 motorhome as he pursues his stage career travelling around the country – following his divorce from wife Beverley.
In 2012, Adam’s famous character found himself homeless.
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The bizarre moment he hit rock-bottom and began living in the Square with a long straggly beard bewildered viewers.
The down-on-his-luck character remains a cultural reference for many fans, with one even getting a tattoo of tramp Beale.
Talking recently about if he could return to the soap, Ian said: “I’m never gonna say never.
“But it’s a question I get asked all the time. And it’s a question I can’t answer because I don’t know the answer.
“It’s not just my decision, it’s their decision as well,” the actor added.
“They’ve got to write something. I’ve got to be available. Because I keep doing other work. The door’s open, but there’s a lot of doors that are open.”