AN EASTENDERS actor is set to star in the stage adaptation of Peter James’s novel, Looking Good Dead.

Adam Woodyatt, best known for his role as Ian Beale in EastEnders, will take on the leading role of Tom Bryce in the stage show.

The play is based on the best-selling Peter James novel of the same name.

Adam is the longest serving actor on the BBC soap, having first appeared in 1985.

The show marks the first time he has performed in live theatre since the age of 13 when in performed in Tom Stoppard’s On the Razzle at the National Theatre in London.

The Argus: Adam Woodyatt will star in the production when it hits the stage in Brighton.Adam Woodyatt will star in the production when it hits the stage in Brighton.

Forming part of the Roy Grace series, the show follows Adam’s character, Tom, who inadvertently witnesses a murder, and by reporting it to the police, places his family in grave danger.

It has been adapted by award-winning writer Shaun Mckenna and follows the success of previous Peter James adaptations including The Perfect Murder and Dead Simple.

The tour will have its world premiere in April 2021 before stopping at the Theatre Royal in Brighton from Monday, May 24 to Saturday, May 29.

Further cast members are still to be announced and tickets are available now.

Work has also begun on a television adaptation of Peter James’s novels.

The Argus:

Cast and crew working on ITV drama series, Grace, have been spotted at locations across Sussex.

The series has been written by acclaimed screenwriter, Russell Lewis.

In September John Simm, who has the starring role as Detective Roy Grace, was seen filming a scene in Sydney Street in the North Laine District in Brighton.

Scenes have also been filmed on Hove seafront and Shoreham Port.

Peter James is delighted John Simm will play Roy Grace, and said he “actually looks like the Roy Grace of my imagination”.

“With John in the lead, the brilliant scripting by Russell Lewis, and our wonderful production team, I’m confident that fans of my novels and of TV crime dramas in general will be in for a treat.”

Richie Campbell will take on the role of DS Glenn Branson while Rakie Ayola will star as ACC Vosper.

The drama will be aired in two, hour-long episodes.