EastEnders Ben Mitchell stars now – transformation, job U-turn and tragic losses

Ben Mitchell has been a key character in the EastEnders cast for almost 26 years, having first appeared as a baby of just a few months old.

Over the years Ben has grown up on Albert Square and found himself at the centre of some of the biggest storylines to come out of the popular BBC soap.

From the manslaughter of step-mum Shirley Carter's best friend Heather Trott, fathering a child with cousin Lola Pearce, and battling to deal with being deaf, to falling victim to a horrific hate crime when he and boyfriend Paul Coker were attacked outside a nightclub resulting in Paul's death, Ben has been a pivotal member of the cast over the years.

But while the character has remained steadfast, the actor behind him has had a fair few changes having been played by six different performers to date.

Here we take a look at where every incarnation of Ben is now.

Matthew Silver (1996–1998)

Matthew was just a baby when he joined the EastEnders cast as the first-ever Ben Mitchell.

Mum Kathy Beale had just given birth to him and he appeared alongside her and dad Phil Mitchell for two years before heading off to live in South Africa with his mum.

Since playing Ben Matthew appears to have given up life as an actor with no further credits to his name and very little known about him.

Morgan Whittle (1999–2001)

Ben returned from South Africa as a toddler coming to visit and live with his dad for a short time between '99-'01.

The toddler was seen regularly before returning to South Africa with his mum once again and departing screen for the second time.

Another child star, Morgan appeared to hang up his acting shoes after the role with little known about him.

Charlie Jones (2006–2010)

It was five years before Ben would return to our screens, and with him came the first memorable incarnation of the character.

Actor Charlie Jones brought Ben back to life after mum Kathy Beale was supposedly killed in a car crash with her lover Gavin Sullivan.

His cute look and glasses-wearing became key features for the character over future incarnations.

However, Ben's doe-eyed looks weren't always to be believed as he began secretly abusing his little sister Louise by burning her arm before attacking pal Jordan with a spanner.

Charlie is now 25 years old and looks entirely unrecognisable to his days as ben.

He is currently studying acting at the Academy of Live and Recorded Arts in a bid to follow his acting dreams.

The actor also had a role in 2020 Christmas film , Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey, and has been in a relationship with actress Flora London for five years.

Joshua Pascoe (2010–2012)

Joshua joined for a brief two-year stint as Ben where he was at the centre of one of his most iconic storylines – the manslaughter of Heather Trott.

The actor was just 16 when he left the soap and his sole other acting credits both came in 2017 in movies Just Charlie and A Suburban Fairytale.

He faced some controversy when he was accused of sexual assault in 2012, however, it is believed ultimately no charges were brought against him.

Harry Reid (2014–2018)

After a two-year stint in prison for killing Heather, Ben returned to Walford with Harry Reid taking on the role of Ben Mitchell in 2014.

He acted out harrowing scenes including the aftermath of the homophobic attack that saw Ben badly beaten and his boyfriend Paul Coker dead.

Since leaving Albert Square Harry has appeared on stage in London's West End in the Agatha Christie play Witness for the Prosecution playing a character called Leonard.

Max Bowden (2019–present)

Waterloo Road actor Max joined EastEnders in 2019 and has become a fan favourite ever since thanks to his witty one-liners and on-screen romance with Callum Highway.

The star has been at the heart of key storylines for the character, including his temporary total hearing loss which saw deaf character Frankie Lewis played by Rose Ayling-Ellis first introduced.

Max has been nominated for several awards since joining the soap and even bagged himself the gong for Best Bad Boy at the 2019 Soap Awards.

Meanwhile, he went through a tough year in 2020 after losing several friends, with his pal Luke Goodings passing away before Max's best friend Maxwell's death in September.

This came after Max's agent Terry Mills sadly dying in February the same year.

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