Ian Beale buys urn for Jane

'EastEnders' businessman Ian Beale claims to be a widower in order to get nursery worker Cheryl to agree to a date with him

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Adam Woodyatt who plays Ian Beale

Adam Woodyatt

'EastEnders' Ian Beale will buy an urn in order to convince a potential date that his wife Jane is dead.

The sneaky businessman believes he'll have more of a chance with new love interest Cheryl if she believes he is a widower rather than discovering Jane left him so he pretends he keeps Jane's ashes with him at all times to convince her.

A source told the Daily Star Sunday: "When Cheryl asks about Jane, Ian gets flustered from all the lies and before he can stop himself, he suggests that she meet Jane.

"He buys the urn and brings 'Jane' to meet Cheryl. Ian is shocked when Cheryl buys his story and agrees to go out with him again. It makes him realise what a whopper of a lie he's told. His son Billy knows Jane isn't dead so he's going to have to find a way of keeping Cheryl away from him as well as everyone else in Walford.

"It's going to take some doing but he's desperate."

Ian (Adam Woodyatt) is determined to start a relationship with blonde nursery worker Cheryl because he believes he is more successful in business when he is in a happy relationship.

The source added: "He needs someone in his life and he thinks Cheryl has the potential to replace Jane. But telling her his wife died when she really left him isn't the best start to any relationship.

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