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Entertainment EastEnders' Ian and Sharon actors first met before the soap

02:50  30 june  2020
02:50  30 june  2020 Source:   digitalspy.com

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a man standing in front of a table: EastEnders' original stars Letitia Dean and Adam Woodyatt have revealed how they knew each other before filming the first episode of the soap. © BBC EastEnders' original stars Letitia Dean and Adam Woodyatt have revealed how they knew each other before filming the first episode of the soap.

EastEnders originals Letitia Dean and Adam Woodyatt have been working together for 35 years — but they've actually known each other even longer.

The pair were Stacey Dooley's most recent guests on BBC One's EastEnders: Secrets From The Square on Monday (June 29), which sees cast members discuss the entire history of the groundbreaking soap.

One of the most interesting revelations came when Stacey asked about what it was like for Letitia and Adam to work together as teenagers, playing Sharon Watts and Ian Beale.

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EASTENDERS stars Adam Woodyatt and Leticia Dean who play long-running residents Ian Beale and Sharon As two of the longest running characters on the soap since it began in 1985, they sure EastEnders ' Adam Woodyatt has played Ian Beale since the very first episode in 1985 (Image: BBC).

Ian Beale (Adam Woodyatt) and Sharon Mitchell (Letitia Dean) have been good friends in EastEnders over three decades When the whole of Walford turned on Sharon after her affair with Keanu (Danny Walters) came to light, she sought solace in one of her oldest mates and thus headed to Ian for support.

"[We knew each other] longer outside because we were 10 or 11 when we first met," Woodyatt revealed. "Not massively knew each other, but our paths crossed. We used to go to the same auditions. We were both with the same [stage school]."

a man cooking in a kitchen: Adam Woodyatt, EastEnders: Secrets from The Square © BBC Adam Woodyatt, EastEnders: Secrets from The Square

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Both cast members got early starts in their careers, with Dean appearing in both Grange Hill and Brookside while Woodyatt was in The Baker Street Boys before being cast in EastEnders. Dean worked in the West End when she was a teenager as well.

"[I was] twelve," Woodyatt piped up when Stacey broached their stage careers. "I did Oliver!"

"Are we talking about you Adam, are we?" Letitia Dean cheekily, before continuing: "That was my first foray, I suppose, into professional stuff."

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Letitia Dean and Adam Woodyatt – aka Sharon and Ian – both joined EastEnders back Adam, who has played Ian Beale since the soap began in 1985, told Stacey about the incident. The cult BBC One soap is currently off air for the first time in 35 years after it ran out of episodes when production

a woman smiling for the camera: Letitia Dean, EastEnders: Secrets from The Square © BBC Letitia Dean, EastEnders: Secrets from The Square

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The trip down memory lane with Letitia Dean will continue later this week when the BBC airs the infamous Sharongate episode of EastEnders on Tuesday (June 30).

This classic episode originally aired on October 25, 1994, so now viewers have another chance at reliving the infamous moment Grant Mitchell discovered Sharon was having an affair with his brother Phil.

EastEnders: Secrets From The Square continues at 8pm on Monday, July 6 on BBC One.

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