He’s been living a lie with Abi Branning for over a year now but it looks like Ben Mitchell might finally come out in 2016.
EastEnders viewers have seen Ben sneak about behind Abi’s back and cheat on her with Les and Pam Coker’s grandson Paul (Jonny Labey) who is openly gay.
But despite his best pal Jay Brown (Jamie Borthwick) knowing he’s gay, as well as his mum Kathy (Gillian Taylforth) and dad Phil (Steve McFadden), Ben still hides the fact from his girlfriend.
However, actor Harry Reid, who plays the bespectacled Ben, has teased that all of this may change as he is keen for Ben to finally be at peace with his sexuality next year (as well as wanting to play out the scenes in which Abi undoubtedly hits the roof at the bombshell).
‘Expect more feelings to emerge between Ben and Paul. I’d like Ben to finally be honest about his sexuality,’ Reid revealed. ‘And I’d love to see how Abi would react – I think she’d hit the roof.’
Lorna too warned that viewers should be prepared for some sad scenes for the Mitchells in the new year, telling Inside Soap magazine: ‘There’s lots coming up for the Mitchells. It’s quite sad stuff, but really great drama – I had a nice time filming it all.’