EastEnders star Nicola Stapleton says Ian Beale is “becoming my type!”

by Lynn Connolly

EastEnders star Nicola Stapleton has revealed that just like her character Mandy Salter, she could fall for the newly fun-loving Ian Beale, who is of course played by Adam Woodyatt.

As viewers will know, Nicola reprised her role as Mandy a few weeks ago, and it’s now been revealed that Ian is set to propose to the rebellious blonde.

That will make Mandy his fifth fiancé!

Of the storyline, and of her feelings about Ian, Nicola told the Daily Mirror, “He’s becoming my type.

“The miserable Ian Beale is definitely not boyfriend material, but the new version would be a push in the right direction.

“Mandy has injected a bit of excitement into his life. The new Ian, the carefree, fun, frivolous Ian is much more up my street…

“What I look for in a man is someone who can make me laugh, so the new Ian might stand a chance!

“I think he’s one of those people in life who is looking for love, but he’s his own worst enemy.

“And I think that’s why it works with him and Mandy. She’s using him in the sense that he gives her stability and a decent life and he’s using her as a bit of arm candy.”

In her personal life, Nicola is currently single after having left a long-term relationship last year.

She said, “It just didn’t work out. To be honest I’m loving life at the moment. I’ve been out on a few dates… nothing serious.

“This is a very exciting time for me. I’m back on EastEnders, which is more fun than I ever expected, and I’m moving into a new house. It’s all positive.”

And while discussing how she’s enjoying returning to the show, Nicola said, “I’m absolutely loving it. I left last time because I didn’t want the character to go stale.

“But as long as I’m still excited by the character I could stay forever.”

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.