EastEnders star Adam Woodyatt reveals empathy for women now he’s dressed in drag!

Adam Woodyatt, who of course plays businessman Ian Beale in EastEnders, has revealed that since dressing in drag to recreate Queen’s iconic video for their track I Want to Break Free, he has more empathy with how women cope with looking good.

As fans of the show will probably know, the cast of EastEnders have been working on their renditions of various Queen anthems as part of their contribution to this year’s Children In Need appeal, and as Adam found out, dressing as a women can be hard work…

On the subject of his donning false boobs, eyelashes, a wig, and having a lot of make-up plastered on to star in the I Want to Break Free video, Adam told the PA, “It was quite disturbing and I really don’t look that attractive as a 46C…

“I can definitely see why Spanx were invented.

“I’ve got to say it was actually quite quick the make-up, it only took about 20 minutes, although my wife did paint my finger and toe nails the night before – that was quite weird!”

However, Adam went on to reveal that one of the hardest parts of the whole thing was trying to get his nail polish off! His co-star Nitin Ganatra – who plays Masood – had a similarly traumatic time of trying to rid himself of female accoutrements.

Adam said, “Me and Nitin, we couldn’t get the nail polish off!

“We were stood in make-up afterwards like a pair of old women rubbing away with something that stunk, just chatting away.

“Rita [Simons, who plays Roxy Mitchell] said it was one of the funniest things she’d seen, us trying to remove nail polish.”

We’ll get to see the cast of EastEnders singing Queen’s greatest hits during the Children In Need appeal on Friday, November 18th.

In the meantime, let’s have a squiz at some of the EastEnders cast raising money for previous Children In Need appeals…

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.