Ben's back

Thursday 17 July 2014, 23:01

 EastEnders News Team EastEnders News Team

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...

Ben and Phil

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.

Ben and Phil

 "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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    I hope Ben has returned simply to be the next murder victim. I hate Ben. Ben is awful. A completely poor character.

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    I really do hope that this actor plays Ben with a passion ,watching the other "Ben" was as exciting as watching paint dry.

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    It's so stupid to bring back a character and that character is played by a completely different person! Soaps make this mistake every time...if you're going to bring back a character make sure he/she is the same one otherwise don't bring him back at all! Makes sense...

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    Comment number 4.

    Can't wait, Great character, glad he was brought back!
    Always liked Ben Mitchell/Beale!

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    Comment number 5.

    I also love the character of Ben Mitchell dearly but what I'm not up for, however is the fact that it seems like Lola is being retconned as his "ex-girlfriend" and not his baby mama / cousin (which is what she is) it's fine if you wanna make him bisexual - just don't change the past

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    Comment number 6.

    Trying to recall if he was out of prison before the Lucy murder, I think he was.... maybe it was him??

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    Comment number 7.

    Am I the only one who wants Ben/Shirley to make up? I loved Shirley/Bens relationship, I wish he hadn't killed Hev, though it was an accident so you never know, right? Also @geekinfected - I remember this, Ben and Lola never went out..

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    I like Ben Mitchell/Beale I think he is a very good character. Wonder what will happen when he sees that his nephew Peter Beale has been looking after his daughter Lexi as well as dating Lola. Its so crazy because Ben, Lola, Lexi and Peter are all related in someway or another. I just think that Lola and Peter are not right for each other at all anymore and it annoys me that they got together now, at the start of their relationship i thought, aww this is sweet, now i just think its a silly relationship. Can't wait for this new actor to get to grips with Ben, hope there are lots of exciting twists and turns ahead!!!!

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    Comment number 9.

    I don't mind Ben coming back. As long as this time his character I going to be better. I think he's going to try and make amends with everyone, and start over his life, but is going to take sometime. I think he's going to want to be a good dad to Lexi and seduce Johnny. But I doubt Shirley is going to like that - the murderer of her best friend dating her nephew.

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    Comment number 10.

    So Ben is back, he has served his sentence for braining poor Heather with the picture frame. Has he come back to settle old scores, namely one with Phil? Welcome to the Square Harry Reid, I am looking forward to seeing what the scriptwriters have install for Ben's return. Does he and Phil make up and forget the past and look forward to the future? To find this out and more, keep watching. The proverbial hits the fan later in the year!

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    Comment number 11.

    @braii actually, johnny is her grandson! Even better, more exciting!!

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    Comment number 12.

    Thank you for not bringing back that creepy actor who played Ben before. I know he had "issues" outside of EE, but who ever cast that guy should have been fired !

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    Comment number 13.

    LaneysSis, I agree. I loved the child actor that first came on as Ben! He was brilliant and the stella storyline was so powerful because he played the character so well at such a young age. When Ben first turned into a troubled character and went to jail it was still done brilliantly as it was that original actor who we had seen grow into a teen and already showing his struggle with his sexual preference ( which was already evident & was driving Phil bonkers as he already had suspicionss about ) . That actor was interesting then they recast the character with the guy who came out of juvie- oh he was hard on the eyes and just terrible. I know in part it was that the chracter had been written to have a personality change, being very hardened by juvie etc but he just didn't pull off the part to me ( I often wonder how great the original Ben would have played the Heather death storyline ) Seems like this new chap actually even looks more like the original child-Ben from these photos and hopefully will play the part with real gusto. I think him and Johnny may wind up together. Would make sense. But Johnny is such a good kid and Ben may corrupt him.Yikes...

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    I absolutely agree sonnymiracle. That said, EE hasn't been the same since they murdered Heather. From that point forward, the storylines were lame, some of the actors were(and are still) awful. The best storylines now are from the characters who have been on a while and not the newer ones. Personally I can't warm up to all these Carters. Tina has the mind of a 12 year old, Linda is not the best actress, Tosh is annoying as hell, and EE is doing their best to phase out Alfie and Kat (not a good idea) I also agree Johnny will hook up with Ben, that is obvious. They have made Max the dirtiest old man on the square (I just don't even get that one) and I really hope Dexter stays on suspension. He is difficult to understand and has no storyline, period. Same for Fats and Whitney. Of course with Bianca leaving (again) there goes Terry and his brood. What happened to Cindy's pregnancy and Terries kid? Cindy was another waste and the fact she ripped off 10 grand just was brushed off...They have a huge payroll now with all the Carters..Please no more !

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    Comment number 15.

    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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    Comment number 16.

    Ben and Johnny will probably hook up

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    Comment number 17.

    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 18.

    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 19.

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

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    Comment number 20.

    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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