After being banged up for killing Heather Trott in August 2012, bad boy Ben Mitchell is on his way back to Albert Square. There’s sure to be fireworks as Ben has unfinished business with many of the Walford residents, including estranged father Phil, ex-girlfriend Lola, daughter Lexi – and Heather’s best friend Shirley...

Earlier this year Phil was shocked to discover that Ben had been released from prison early but was unsuccessful in his attempts to track him down.  It came as less of a surprise to Ben’s best-friend Jay however, whom viewers discovered was in contact with him all along.

 "I'm very excited to be joining EastEnders – not only because it's a great show but also to be playing Ben, a character that is so renowned and from such an iconic family," newcomer Harry Reid told us about taking on the part. "I'm looking forward to getting started and working closely with the legendary Steve McFadden. I can't wait to become a fully-fledged Mitchell."

"Ben’s half-Beale and half-Mitchell and Harry perfectly encapsulates both the Mitchell danger and Beale heart that make Ben such a complex character," added Executive Producer Dominic Treadwell-Collins. "Ben’s return to the Square is going to have big repercussions for his family, his friends – and his enemies. Plus a few residents he hasn’t even met yet..."

Harry's first episodes as Ben can be seen later in the year.

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  • Comment number 24. Posted by birdth

    on 28 Jul 2014 21:41

    I think it would be a real shame if the EastEnders writers set Johnny and Ben up, even for a one night stand. Just because they're currently the only two gay men on the show does not mean they should be together, it would be very unrealistic, and perpetuate negative stereotypes.

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  • Comment number 23. Posted by blog246

    on 28 Jul 2014 18:10

    If I remember rightly, Ben was only sentenced to 3 years but no longer than 5. So it does make sense he would be out since most people don't serve their full sentence. I believe he agree to plead to accidental manslaughter.

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  • Comment number 22. Posted by Old Boy

    on 27 Jul 2014 17:49

    Wow! Out after only 2 years inside, talk about fantasy, even for a soap!

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  • Comment number 21. Posted by REX

    on 24 Jul 2014 07:10

    Bet Ben is going to be shacked up with Johnny within 10 mins of being back.
    Johnnys too nice to be with Ben though!

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  • Comment number 20. Posted by Harrieteastyno1

    on 23 Jul 2014 10:01

    Yeah he was never Lola's boyfriend! They just experimented one night i think and then she was preggers! I never even caught that episode! Also he looks really old! isn't he only meant to be about 17?

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  • Comment number 19. Posted by Gareth Hughes

    on 22 Jul 2014 09:41

    Lola was hardly his "ex girlfriend" ... he is gay and was just "experimenting"

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  • Comment number 18. Posted by Adrian Paul Miles

    on 21 Jul 2014 01:34

    Good idea to bring him back. New actor looks interesting too. Don't quite get how someone could be in prison for such a short time for manslaughter though...

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  • Comment number 17. Posted by Brobraii

    on 20 Jul 2014 22:09

    Ben and Johnny should get together it will be interesting to see what kind of couple they make. Especially as Johnny being Shirley's grandson.

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  • Comment number 16. Posted by blog123

    on 20 Jul 2014 20:50

    Ben and Johnny will probably hook up

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  • Comment number 15. Posted by david

    on 19 Jul 2014 19:44

    that no the same ben that went to prison i hate it when they do that as well don't like it

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