Adam Woodyatt was a pupil at the Sylvia Young Theatre School and was cast in children's drama The Baker Street Boys in 1983. He is best known for his role as Ian Beale in EastEnders. He joined the cast for the first episode on 19 February 1985 and has gone on to become the longest running member of the cast. In 2013, his longevity was honoured at the British Soap Awards, where he received a Lifetime Achievement Award.
He has also appeared as a guest personality on numerous television shows and charity fundraisers, including A Question of Sport, Robot Wars, Children in Need, Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway, Dick & Dom in da Bungalow, The Kumars at No. 42, National Lottery, Noel's House Party, A Question of Sport, Ready Steady Cook, Celebrity Mastermind, Would I Lie to You, Strictly Come Dancing, Motormouth, The Weakest Link, All Round to Mrs. Brown's and Celebrity Masterchef.
His theatre credits include a number of pantomimes including Aladdin, Mother Goose and Cinderella and Snow White. In 2015, Adam commented: "I absolutely love performing in front of an audience as it’s so different to camera – I love the reaction of the audience.