EastEnders star Adam Woodyatt has revealed he was instrumental in bringing back Kathy Beale – he gave his soap boss Gillian Taylforth’s telephone number.

The actor’s on-screen mum is set to return to the soap after making a surprise appearance during the live scenes, celebrating the soap’s 30th anniversary.

Gillian Taylforth



Gillian Taylforth (Ian West/PA)

 

He told This Morning: “I just can’t wait until she gets here. I don’t know how Dom’s (executive producer Dominic Treadwell-Collins) doing it yet because he hasn’t told me… it’s going to be great working with Gillian again.”

Asked who engineered Gillian’s return, he said: “I gave Dom her mobile number so he could call her without telling her agent.”

Adam said of the live scenes: “It’s been a full-on year… the toughest I can remember… (but) none of us expected the response we got (to live week) which was overwhelming.”

Laurie Brett and Adam Woodyatt



Laurie Brett and Adam Woodyatt (Ian West/PA)

 

Adam and Laurie Brett (Jane Beale) are up for best on-screen partnership at this weekend’s British Soap Awards, while Adam is also in the running for best actor, against the likes of Corrie’s Simon Gregson (Steve McDonald) and David Neilson (Roy Cropper).

“It’s lovely to win, but all the people in all the soaps work so hard,” Adam said. “I’ll clap just as much for David Neilson winning something or Simon Gregson.”