The actor's emotional performances have now been recognised in the National Television Awards 2013 nominations, as Woodyatt is in the running for the 'Serial Drama Performance' prize alongside Alan Halsall, Michelle Keegan and Emmett Scanlan.
Digital Spy recently caught up with Adam to hear his reaction to the nomination and Ian's recent tough times.
How does it feel to be in the running for the 'Serial Drama Performance' prize at the NTAs?
"It's quite surprising, really. I was chuffed to be on the longlist, to be honest. When I made it past the longlist and onto the shortlist, I was stunned!"
How do you rate your chances?
"I'm not even thinking about that. I know that Alan Halsall's had a great year on Corrie. I know what he's been doing because I've been watching bits of it. I haven't really seen what Michelle [Keegan] and Emmett [Scanlan] have been doing. But just to get down to the final four, I'm happy with that. If I went on to win the prize it would be amazing, but final four is good!"
Out of all the scenes you've done in the past year, do any stand out as ones that you're really proud of?
"There was a scene that I did in the café with Hetti [Bywater], when Ian finally admitted to Lucy that he was seeking help. That one stands out, because it just suddenly got all emotional between us, when it wasn't actually scripted that way. I quite liked that one!"
Is there anything you'd say for why our readers should vote for you?
"This is where I'm absolutely rubbish - I'm the worst self-publicist going! I'm not one of those people who's good at networking or anything like that - it's not what I do. I enjoy my job and I love doing something different every day.
"With Ian's most recent storyline - the homelessness and mental health issues - if it's made a difference to one person, then that's great and I think that's more important than anything else."
Ian has seemed like a much nicer person in recent months. Do you think that's a permanent change, or will he go back to his old ways?
"Obviously what's happened to Ian is going to leave a lasting effect. There's plenty of things to explore in the future with that, and he's going to have ups and downs. If you look at someone in that situation, I think it's what would realistically happen with them - there'd be good days and bad days. Hopefully at some point we're going to explore that.
"I think there's going to be elements of 'old Ian' there - there always will be. But I think those are going to be tempered a little bit by 'new Ian'. If you can call him 'new Ian' - he's still Ian!"
Did you find Ian's breakdown storyline challenging as an actor?
"Well, if anybody was to look back at the tweets I was doing last March, I actually said that I was filming some of the hardest stuff I'd ever had to do. That was referring to the six or seven episodes from the point where Ben confessed to Ian that he'd killed Heather, to the point where Ian walked down the side of the motorway.
"With the stuff in there, some of it just played with your head and played with your emotions. Ian was in a situation where he wanted to tell the truth, but if he did that, his brother would go to prison. That whole dilemma sent him on a spiral and it really was a situation that played with your head."
Ian and Denise are growing closer…
"Are they? That's news to me! (Laughs.)"
It seems so! Would you like that to remain a friendship, or develop into more?
"Look, I've never been one to worry about what's coming up. I don't know where they're going to go, or what they're going to do. These things are always quite flexible and changeable. Who knows what's going to happen, but I'm sure something will at some point. With his track record, Ian doesn't seem the sort to be single for very long. He does like wedding cake!"
A lot of our readers would like to see more Ian and Sharon scenes, given their history as friends. Will you be working with Letitia more?
"Absolutely not - I can't stand the woman and refuse to work with her! (Laughs.) Just joking! Of course there's going to be more. I've known Tish since I was ten and it's great having her back. Funnily enough, I think I'm just about to do some filming with her. It's like having a sister on set."
Digital Spy readers also often ask whether Peter Beale will ever return!
"Well instead of asking me, next time you do one of your producer interviews with Lorraine Newman, ask her! I'd love to know when my family are coming back!"
Is there anything you haven't explored yet with Ian that you'd love to do?
"I think there's still loads of things you can do with Ian. If you go back to where he started off, he was training to be a chef and despite a little bit of dabbling with outside catering, Masala Queen and the café, we haven't seen much of that. The café isn't exactly fine dining, is it? Maybe he could explore something culinary in the future. I'd quite enjoy that, as I like cooking!"
How do you feel about Ian finally being on decent terms with Phil after so many problems?
"Well, to be honest, I haven't seen Steve [McFadden] for eight weeks because we've both been off doing panto! I'm not sure how Ian and Phil's relationship currently stands - maybe something happened while I was away! But whether it's them having a laugh singing 'Born to Run' or having an argument at The Vic, I just love working with Steve. It's always easy."
Who would you like more scenes with?
"Jamie Borthwick, because he's a really nice little lad and I think he's really talented. I'd like to work more with him. I'd also like to work with Nitin Ganatra and loads of other people to be honest, but those two in particular."
Do you see yourself staying with EastEnders for a long time to come?
"I've never looked beyond the end date of my contract. I'd be surprised if I wasn't here past the date of my contract, but that's as far as I plan!"
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