EastEnders: Ian Beale will disappear when he suffers a mental breakdown!

As fans of EastEnders will know, Ian Beale is in the middle of a financial mess, and his personal life isn’t looking too great either…

His accountant recently warned him that if he doesn’t curb his spending, he’ll lose everything; all his businesses and his house.

So in response to the news, what did Ian do? Booked a cruise that cost nearly £4k for his and Mandy’s honeymoon!

And speaking of the home front for Ian, his brother Ben (Joshua Pascoe) is about to confess to his that he murdered Heather Trott, and of course, Ian’s relationship with fiancé Mandy (Nicola Stapleton) is rocky to say the least…

There’s a great big black question mark hanging over their impending wedding day, which is set to be will-they-won’t-they plotline, leaving viewers guessing if they make it down the aisle or not right up to the last minute.

However, as Nicola Stapleton is leaving the show, and as today’s Daily Mirror reports that Ian – who’s played by Adam Woodyatt – will go AWOL from the Square when he has a nervous breakdown in forthcoming weeks, we might assume that Ian and Mandy’s wedding day is doomed.

A show insider said of Ian’s crisis, “Viewers have seen Ian become increasingly frantic whilst trying to juggle his desperate financial affairs as well as many problems within his family.

“His state of mind gets progressively worse over the next few weeks, with Ian disappearing from Walford and his family frantically worried.”

And the show’s executive producer, Lorraine Newman, added, “Adam puts in a fabulous performance as a man teetering on the edge of a breakdown, who finally spirals when delivered a catastrophic blow by someone close to him.”

It’s expected that Adam will be out of the show for around six weeks, and given that Patsy Palmer, Lindsey Coulson, Charlie Brooks, Jo Joyner and June Brown are all taking, or about to take, extended leave from the show, and in light of the announcement that Matt Lapinskas and Shona McGarty are leaving the soap, one wonders who the hell’s going to be left on what appears to be something of a sinking ship!

Lynn is an editor and writer here at Unreality TV and is trained psychotherapist and the author of two books. She's addicted to soaps, period drama and reality TV shows such as X Factor, I'm A Celeb and Big Brother.