Adam Woodyatt ‘tipped to star in 2:22’ after being backed by EastEnders co-star Jake Wood

Adam Woodyatt has reportedly been tipped to star in 2:22 A Ghost Story, after being endorsed by his former EastEnders co-star Jake Wood.

The actor, 54, who played Ian Beale in the BBC soap opera from 1985 to 2021, would like to land a part in the West End play, which Cheryl is currently starring in.

Jake is currently starring at The Lyric Theater playing Ben in the supernatural show, while Adam wows audiences in the My Fair Lady revival.

A source told The mirror: ‘Adam is really looking forward to another play.

“He loved hitting the shelves with My Fair Lady, which ends in April, and 2:22 Ghost Story is a potential match.”

Could it be Beale?  Adam Woodyatt reportedly tipped to star in 2:22 A Ghost Story, after being endorsed by his former EastEnders co-star Jake Wood (pictured in 2022)

Could it be Beale? Adam Woodyatt reportedly tipped to star in 2:22 A Ghost Story, after being endorsed by his former EastEnders co-star Jake Wood (pictured in 2022)

Earlier this year, Jake supported Adam to appear on the show, revealing that he would be “fantastic” as a cast member.

According to The sun, he said: ‘Ian would be fantastic in 2:22. He’s told me he’d be happy to do it and hopefully he’ll get his turn.

‘It’s so much fun to do. It’s quite a remarkable piece – probably the best I’ve ever read or acted in.

“The fact that they can reinvent it with new cast means people come back again and again.”

MailOnline has reached out to Adam’s representatives for comment.

Earlier this week, Jake said Cheryl was “fearless” in her approach to her West End debut.

He reprized his role as Ben in the supernatural thriller after People Just Do Nothing’s Hugo Chegwin pulled out of the show due to illness during rehearsals.

Cheryl plays Jenny in the play and Jake insists she has been “remarkable” as she has no previous acting experience.

Buddy: Earlier this year, Jake (pictured in 2021) supported Adam to appear on the show, revealing he would be 'fantastic' as a cast member

Buddy: Earlier this year, Jake (pictured in 2021) supported Adam to appear on the show, revealing he would be 'fantastic' as a cast member

Buddy: Earlier this year, Jake (pictured in 2021) supported Adam to appear on the show, revealing he would be ‘fantastic’ as a cast member

He told The Mirror: ‘I’m sure Cheryl felt the pressure, but after years in the industry I think she’s quite fearless.

“It’s pretty special to see someone who’s never acted before come onto the West End stage, she’s in the spotlight, with all the pressure.

“It’s really amazing how resilient she is. And she gives great performances, people are amazed at how good she is.’

Jake, who originally played Ben opposite pop star Lily Allen, 37, in 2021, discussed how some people were narrow-minded when it came to Cheryl appearing in the production.

He said that “certain areas” feel that “some people have to stay in their boxes,” but he thinks it’s a positive step for people to “switch off.”

The ex-soap star acknowledged that performing in a theater in front of “a few hundred” people is like water off a duck’s back for pop stars who have played to arenas packed with thousands of fans.

Meanwhile, Jake said Cheryl giggled while performing in 2:22 A Ghost Story, with the pair “getting into trouble for laughing quite regularly.”

Cheryl took over from television host Laura Whitmore as she joined the new cast for the show, which runs at the Lyric Theater until April 23, starring Horrible Histories actress Louise Ford as Lauren and theater star Scott Karim as Sam.

Jake, who appeared on Good Morning Britain this week, was recently questioned about his ‘mischievous’ behavior on stage, making former Popstars: The Rivals contestant Cheryl ‘appear’ on stage.

He said, “It’s all new to Cheryl, she didn’t know what corpsing was – corpsing is when you laugh on stage.

‘We get in trouble because we laugh regularly.

“It’s part of the show and the characters — while it’s very scary, there are very funny moments, so it’s just trying to stay in the moment.

“When the audience enjoys it, it’s hard to keep a straight face. You catch someone’s attention and you just know that someone is about to leave.

“You can’t look at it for the next five minutes.”

He said Cheryl, acting for a total of four weeks, has received “amazing reviews” and is “incredible.”

Talented: Earlier this week, Jake said Cheryl (pictured in February 2023) was 'fearless' in her approach to her West End debut

Talented: Earlier this week, Jake said Cheryl (pictured in February 2023) was 'fearless' in her approach to her West End debut

Talented: Earlier this week, Jake said Cheryl (pictured in February 2023) was ‘fearless’ in her approach to her West End debut

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