EastEnders’ Ben Mitchell to return played by yet ANOTHER new actor

He's had a LOT of different faces over the years

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by Emma Dodds |
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EastEnders character Ben Mitchell has been in and out of Walford more times than we care to count. The 22-year-old, who was born to Phil Mitchell and Kathy Beale in March 1996, was last seen on the show in early 2018 after scarpering to France with a wad of cash he'd discovered in his pocket after being involved in a robbery.

That was the last we saw of most recent Ben actor Harry Reid, who played him for four years, but EastEnders have announced that whilst the character of Ben Mitchell will be returning to the Square, Harry won't.

Waterloo Road actor Max Bowden will become the sixth incarnation of Ben, who was previously played by Joshua Pascoe for two years, Charlie Jones for four years and two other actors as a baby.

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©Max Bowden © BBC Pictures

His arrival on the soap was announced by the BBC earlier this morning with the revelation that he would be joined by his cousin and one-time lover, Lola Pearce.

Of his brand new role, Max said, "I’m so excited to be joining the cast of EastEnders and taking on the role of Ben Mitchell. I’ve always been a fan of the show so to be joining one of the most iconic families in soap is beyond exciting. I can’t wait to get started and see what’s in store for Ben.”

New soap boss Kate Oates added of Max joining the cast, "A character like Ben, with his rich history, ‘complicated’ family and complex psychology, is pure gold. With Max in the role, we will be exploring the aspects of Ben’s character that have been allowed to develop during his time away from the Square: unfettered by old loyalties, and out of the long shadow of his father, Phil."

Swipe through to see all the EastEnders spoilers you need to know this week...

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Hunter and Keanu are at war

Things in the square kick off with Hunter provoking Keanu while they're at a party.

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One thing leads to another and Karen's son punches Hunter in the street.

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Nicola and Maddie return to the Square

When Jack takes Hunter home, Mel confronts him about his recent behaviour but he manages to get out of trouble by fake crying. While Mel comforts Hunter, they're interrupts by a fuming Nicola and Maddie who arrive on the Square and demand to see Ray.

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Mel turns to Phil for advice

Jack shares his concerns with Mel about Hunter's behaviour the previous night in the club.

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Bex Fowler tries to calm the situation down but is left unnerved by Hunter's response.

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Mel is left feeling worried

Mel is left feeling worried when Bex tells her about Hunter's encounter with Keanu. She then encourages her son to open up unbeknownst to her, Hunter is annoyed that she keeps worrying so decides to humour her concern. He later sneaks off.

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When Hunter and his mum return home, Mel decides to chuck away all traces of her now-dead husband Ray Kelly. Hunter is left feeling relieved when he discovers the gun he hid is still in the house.

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When Mel watched CCTV footage of her son in the club she turns to Phil Mitchell for advice.

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When Mel arrives, she tries to sneakily get Ian's advice about Hunter without revealing it's for her son. However when she starts to ask about Bobby, Ian storms off.

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Mel worries when Nicola and Maddie refuse to leave Walford until they get some answers about Ray's whereabouts and luckily she manages to convince them she doesn't know anything.

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She then apologises to Ian and as he begins to open up about what happened with Bobby, Mel begins to think about makes a huge decision.

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Mel seeks help from Ian Beale

At the end of the week, Mel turns to Ian Beale for helping but Ian being well, Ian, he thinks they're going on a date.

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Hunter leaves Jack feeling alarmed

Later, Jack check in on his ex and when he notices how worried Mel is he heads off to find Hunter. He's left alarmed when he finds the teenager trying to chat up girls at E20.

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However the next day, Hunter spots the women watching him…

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While all this is happening, Hunter continues to assure his mum that he's fine.

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Fearful that Sharon will see the photo, Keanu begs Louise to remove the picture.

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At the end of the week, Karen notices her son is mopping around and when she suspects it's about Sharon, he's quick to reassure her that it's over with her.

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While they're celebrating at the pub, Sharon and Keanu struggle to keep their eyes off each other and desperate to have a chat, Keanu follows her into the toilet.

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However, when Sharon makes it clear that things are over between them, he makes a touching gesture.

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Following a chat with his mum, Keanu decides to visit Sharon.

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Sharon returns to the Square

Elsewhere in Walford, after passing her theory test Louise Mitchell thanks Keanu for his support by posting a picture of them on social media.

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Keanu reminds Sharon that she was the one who ended things. When Louise enters the toilet, Sharon manages to help sneak out Keanu unnoticed.

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Keanu struggles to keep up appearances with Louise because Sharon's on his mind.

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Later while at the Mitchell house, Keanu begins to panic when Phil jokes about grandchildren. He's then relieved when Phil lets him slip off and spend time with Louise.

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After leaving Louise annoyed, Keanu asks Bex for some help and she suggests they throw a surprise party for her BFF. Louise is left touched that Keanu threw her a party and as the pair kiss, Sharon returns and walks in on them.

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The next day it's Denise Fox's 50th birthday and she celebrates her milestone in The Vic with the rest of the residents.

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When Keanu tells Sharon he missed her, she's quick to remind him about his kiss with Louise.

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Jay and Ruby head out on a date

Meanwhile in Albert Square, Stacey Fowler encourages Jay to invite Ruby out on a date.

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After she accepts, Billy suggests to Jay that after everything they've both been through, maybe a date isn't a good idea.

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Despite Billy's advice Jay intends to still meet up with Ruby but suggests they meet as friends instead, kicking Ruby's confidence.

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After ruining the date, Billy tries to put things right by telling Ruby he's got a crush on Shirley.

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N'aww.

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Ruby's home gets broken into

Following their rocky date, Jay walks Ruby home but is startled when she shouts that her flat was broken into.

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Ruby is left shocked.

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Jay and Ruby plan another date

Jay reports the break in to the police and when he sees Ruby again he reassures her that he'd like to go on another date.

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It looks like things go well on their date...

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Jay and Ruby have a proper date

When Jay arrives, he's left touched by Ruby's effort.

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Later, Honey gives Ruby a recipe for her date with Jay but feeling out of her depth, she calls Stacey and asks for help.

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Billy and Shirley crash Jay and Ruby's date

Following some support from Stacey, Ruby heads down to Walford East to meet Jay but is shocked when Billy and Shirley Carter arrive and crash their date.

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Mick and Linda Carter begin to flirt but Shirley interrupts their moment by revealing the pump has broken.

Although there's no word yet on when Ben will return to Walford, we do know that Rob Kazinsky will be reprising his role as Sean Slater on the soap in the coming months. Rob, who left EastEnders in 2009, said, "Throughout my career, I have always felt that my best work was on EastEnders as Sean Slater

"There was something there in him that I understood completely, something traumatic, something that we never really got to show the viewers. I have unfinished business in Albert Square and am thrilled to be returning to what I still consider to be my home, however briefly."

EastEnders airs on Mondays and Fridays at 8pm, and Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7.30pm on BBC One.

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