Adam Woodyatt has closed down the business that reportedly handles his television earnings, giving the biggest hint yet that he is set to quit acting for good.
The former EastEnders star, 54, who played Ian Beale on the BBC soap from 1985 to 2021 and again briefly last year, has put his X L Management Ltd into ‘members’ voluntary liquidation’, meaning a liquidator has been appointed to voluntary close a solvent company.
Former I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! campmate Adam is the main shareholder of the company, with between 50 and 75% shares, while his ex-wife Beverley Sharp owns between 25 and 50%.
End of the road: Adam Woodyatt, 54, has closed down the business that reportedly handles his television earnings, giving the biggest hint yet that he is set to quit acting for good (pictured in 2017)
According to documents filed with Companies House this month, the company’s debt includes £260,720 to HMRC and accruals of £20,012.
The amount owed in the directors’ load account stands at £506,886 a tax rebate of £173,312 is owed to the company. There will be a surplus of £413,666.
The form states: ‘[We] do solemnly and sincerely declare that we have made a full enquiry into the affairs of this company, and that, having done so, we have formed the opinion that this company will be able to pay its debts in full together with interest at the official rate within a period of 12 months, from a commencement of the wind up.’
On screen: The former EastEnders star, who played Ian Beale from 1985 to 2021 and again briefly last year, has put his X L Management Ltd into ‘members’ voluntary liquidation’ (pictured on EastEnders)
Adam also owns Caledfwlch Ltd and Neat Distillery Ltd, with the latter being for his gin brand Neat Gin.
MailOnline has contacted a representative for Adam for comment.
Adam returned to his first love of performing on stage after initially leaving EastEnders in 2021.
Joint venture: Adam is the main shareholder of the company, with between 50 and 75% shares, while his ex-wife Beverley Sharp owns between 25 and 50% (pictured in 2017)
Speaking about a possible return to the East End based show he told The Buzz: ‘The door’s open, but there’s a lot of doors that are open.’
It came as the actor prepared to tour the country in a production of the famous musical My Fair Lady, a job which was said to have earned him a massive £500,000.
He said: ‘I’ve kind of relearned in the last year or so why I fell in love with this job in the first place.’
Before adding: ‘You get bitten by this bug, this theatre bug. And it doesn’t leave you.’
Adam’s divorce from his wife Beverley was reportedly finalised towards the end of last year.
He had allegedly been embroiled in negotiations with his spouse of 22 years after they announced their split in 2020.
Ex-dancer Beverley was said to be ‘delighted’ with her settlement after reports claimed the breakup became ‘toxic’ when he wouldn’t give her a fair deal.
A source close to Bev told The Sun: ‘Bev and Adam are now officially divorced. As well as being his wife, Bev was also his manager for about a dozen years and she did so much for his career.
‘She rejected some of the settlement offers she was sent during the process and now she’s glad she held her ground — she is delighted with the settlement.
‘She still has no idea why he left her but that’s all in the past. She’s very upbeat and sees it as a new chapter. I’ve no doubt Bev will find someone new soon. She’s in a good place.’
Born to perform: In September last year, Adam said there were ‘lots of doors open’ to him after he left the soap following a run of 37 years (pictured on EastEnders)