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EastEnders' Ian Beale surprises fans with makeover

Digital Spy (UK) logo Digital Spy (UK) 13/03/2018 Ben Lee
EastEnders' Ian Beale surprises fans with makeover as he returns from New Zealand © BBC EastEnders' Ian Beale surprises fans with makeover as he returns from New Zealand

Is that a new look Ian Beale is trying out?

Adam Woodyatt returned to EastEnders in Monday's episode (March 12) after a few months' break, and his character โ€“ who had been in New Zealand until his reappearance โ€“ sported some fresh facial hair.


The look did not go unnoticed, either. Numerous viewers were entertained by his appearance โ€“ with a few even complimenting the beard.

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"Ian is a beanie hat away from peering out behind a tree again," joked one fan, referencing a storyline back in 2012 when Ian found himself at a homeless shelter.

Of course, there were also some people desperate for Ian to shed the beard!

This week's episodes see Ian trying to win back his former flame Mel Owen.

Ian tricks Mel into having a drink with him, on the pretence that it's to discuss local business contacts. However, Mel also invites Jack to join them. And things only get worse when Ian finds himself in an embarrassing argument with Masood in front of Mel.

Longtime EastEnders fans will know that Ian and Mel had a very short-lived marriage back in 2000.

EastEnders airs on BBC One.

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