Charlie Jones, who is one of six actors to have played Ben Mitchell, portrayed the character on BBC soap EastEnders between 2006 and 2010
Former EastEnders actor Charlie Jones is now all grown up more than a decade after making his debut as the third incarnation of Ben Mitchell, when he was 10 years old.
The 25-year-old, who played the role between 2006 and 2010, is one of the longest-serving actors to play Ben – with five other actors having played him on the BBC soap.
During his time on the show, the character was involved in a major storyline which saw him suffer physical and mental abuse from Stella Crawford (Sophie Thompson) – who was dating his dad, Phil Mitchell ( Steve McFadden ), at the time.
Charlie left the soap in 2010 when the character was sent to a youth offenders’ prison,- and despite Ben later returning, the actor didn’t reprise the role.
The actor, who is now all grown up, hasn’t given up acting though, according to the Sun. The outlet reports that he even studied at the Academy of Live and Recorded Arts.
It further reports that he recently appeared in BBC drama Noughts + Crosses and festive Netflix film Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey – which were both released last year.
According to the outlet, he’s been in a relationship with fellow actor Flora London for a number of years, with the couple pictured together in posts on social media.
She recently shared a photo of them together in which he looked very different from the fresh-faced youngster that he was on EastEnders more than a decade ago.
Following the actor’s departure from the soap, Ben was played by Joshua Pascoe – once the character returned after eight months in prison. He held the role until 2012.
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The role was later portrayed by Harry Reid between 2014 and 2018 but has most recently been played by actor Max Bowden – who has remained in the role since 2019.
EastEnders continues tomorrow night on BBC One at 8pm. You can catch up on recent episodes through the iPlayer.
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