How many marriages has EastEnders' Ian Beale had? All about his wives Mel Owen, Jane Collins, Laura Dunn and Cindy Williams

Here are some of the (un)lucky ladies who have fallen into the secret lothario's spell and married him…

Cindy Williams (1989 – 1996)

Played by Michelle Collins, feisty Cindy was a force to be reckoned with – and Ian, played by Adam Woodyatt, certainly didn't know what he was getting himself into when he married her.

Tying the knot in 1989, Cindy gave birth to Steven that year – however it was later revealed that Ian wasn't the father, it was barman Simon Wicks.

They also had twins Lucy and Peter, which were Ian's biological children.

Splitting up at the end of 1995, the vindictive Cindy tried to hire a hitman to kill off her husband so she could get a good payout.

It was revealed three years later that she died during childbirth off screen.

Lucy was killed in 2014 in a long-running whodunnit plot that rocked the Square.

Melanie Healy (now known as Mel Owen) (1999-1999)

Ian was clearly left more than a little insecure following his first wife's murder attempt – and that spelled the end of his relationship with Mel.

The pair clearly loved each other but, fearing she would leave him, he lied about his daughter Lucy having cancer so she would stay by his side.

Despite having cold feet, Mel persevered with the wedding for the sake of Lucy.

Marrying on New Year's Eve, 1999, their marriage fell apart at the seams no sooner had they said 'I Do', when Mel found out the truth.

By the time the bell tolled into the new Millenium at midnight, the relationship was over.

She is played to this day by Tamzin Outhwaite.

Laura Dunn (2001 – 2002)

Ian found solace in the arms of his children's nanny Laura Dunn, and the pair quickly began an on/off relationship.

However, after finally deciding they were for keeps, the pair got hitched in May 2001.

The relationship ran smoothly until Laura, played by Hannah Waterman, discovered she was pregnant.

Ian, who had had a vasectomy years prior, was adamant that meant that the child wasn't his.

On Christmas Day 2002, he threw her out of the house, leaving her homeless and jobless until Pat Butcher takes her in.

However, it later emerged that Ian was the real father of the boy, who they named Bobby.

But in a sad twist, he only found out after Laura had died in 2004 – when she tripped on Bobby's toys and fell down the stairs on the way to give him the letter revealing the truth about their son's parentage.


Jane Clarke

Of all of Ian's wives, Jane (Laurie Brett) has been the one to walk up the aisle TWICE during their turbulent relationship.

They first met when Jane was already married to David Collins, who suffered from Huntington's Disease and lived in a hospice.

The pair married in 2004 after David's death, in a secret ceremony after Ian planned a massive wedding in a bid to humiliate her for sleeping with Grant Mitchell.

During their relationship, she had to have a hysterectomy after being shot by Steven, covered up Lucy's murder after discovering Bobby did it, and later ended up in a wheelchair after Bobby attacked her with a hockey stick.

They divorced in 2012, but remarried after she proposed to him when they rekindled their love.

Jane left the Square and Ian once again in 2017 after Max Branning threatened her in the hospital after being caught up in a gas explosion that also killed stepson Steven.

Max, who was sent to prison for killing Lucy, had vowed revenge on Jane who knew the truth.

Fearing for her life, she fled as fast as she could.

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