EastEnders Ben Mitchell star breaks silence on ‘exit’ and teases future plans

Actor Max Bowden, who is best known for playing the role of Ben Mitchell on BBC's hit show EastEnders, has revealed that he's excited for the future as he films his final scenes as Ben Mitchell

EastEnders actor Max Bowden has teased his future following reports that he’s leaving the BBC One soap as Ben Mitchell.

A video believed to be the 29-year-old star, which was taken by a fan, has emerged online and he could be heard saying: “I’m so f*****g excited to get out” while he posed with bystanders outside Elstree Studios in Borehamwood. Max will reportedly be leaving the show for good next month.

Since the “foul-mouthed” video has came to light in The Sun, the soap star has said: “Anyone who listens to this audio will clearly hear this is not a foul-mouthed rant. I was talking about my excitement for the future and what’s to come.” Daily Star has contacted Max’s representatives for comment.

The reason for Max’s departure comes after TV bosses reportedly decided not to renew his contract after four years. The actor was also disciplined for his behaviour on set, according to reports.

Max Bowden was heard swearing on camera
Max Bowden was heard swearing on camera but insists he’s just excited for the future (Image: Getty Images)
A TV insider told The Sun: “Max is ready to move on. He is proud of his time on the show and what he has achieved but he is focused on new projects and what he is doing next.”

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Max, who joined Albert Square back in 2019, first had discussions with BBC bosses about his behaviour away from the show in 2022. The insider claims he was called into have a meeting with the show’s executives about his conduct.

The actor who plays Ben will soon be leaving the show
The actor, who plays Ben Mitchell, will soon be leaving EastEnders (Image: BBC/Kieron McCarron/Jack Barnes)

The source continued: “He is an extremely talented actor and was always a real pro on set. However, there were concerns that his partying lifestyle away from the set could start to prove a distraction.”

In May 2022, Max reportedly began dating co-star Shona McGarty, 32, who plays long-serving character Whitney Dean, at the same time as his former partner Roisin Buckle, 38, was pregnant with their child. His relationship with Shona ended six months later.

Whitney will also be leaving EastEnders
Whitney will also be leaving EastEnders soon (Image: BBC/Jack Barnes/Kieron McCarron)

Last year, Shona, who recently took a break from the BBC soap to star in panto revealed she was quitting EastEnders after 15 years to pursue other projects. Her final scenes are due to air very soon. Speaking to Inside Soap, Shona revealed it wasn’t an easy decision. But she also shared that she’s excited with what’s to come.

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