any staunch EastEnders fan will be familiar with the name Ben Hardy. Actor Ben, 31, rose to fame playing Peter Beale in the classic BBC soap, and since he has taken Hollywood by storm, appearing in a number of blockbusters over the past few years.
Ever since departing Albert Square in 2015, Ben has appeared in the likes of Bohemian Rhapsody and X-Men: Apocalypse. His career has gone from strength to strength, and he has amassed a dedicated fan base who loves to learn behind the scenes details of his life away from the silver screen.
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In terms of relationships, Ben has kept his cards relatively close to his chest over the years. What we do know is that he was previously in a relationship with fellow actress Olivia Cooke. Olivia is known for roles in the likes of Modern Love and pixie .
The pair split up during lockdown after the relationship fizzled out. A source told The Sun: “Olivia and Ben were smitten to begin with but the intensity soon fizzled out. They’re at pivotal points in their acting careers and just couldn’t make it work.”
More recently, Ben has been in a relationship with another familiar face. Ben’s girlfriend is a fellow former EastEnders star, Jessica Plummer. Jessica is known for playing Chantelle Atkins on the soap, though she left back in 2020. While the pair both starred in EastEnders their soap stints didn’t crossover, as Ben left Walford behind in 2015 and Jessica joined the cast in 2019.
It’s believed they first met while filming the new BBC drama, The Girl Before , with new shots showing the pair to be portraying a couple in the show. In August 2021, a source told The Sun : “Their on-screen chemistry turned into them spending off-screen time together since June.”
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Ben has long been open about how grateful he is for his EastEnders opportunity. However, in an interview with talkRADIO, he admitted that he needed to leave the soap because he had “started to feel [himself] getting lazy”.
“The problem with being in it for so long was that I found myself getting a little bit complacent,” he explained. “I started to feel myself getting lazy as an actor. I needed to give myself a kick up the ass and get out there. The trouble with working in soap is you’re constantly under-prepared no matter how hard you try because you drill out two hours’ worth of material every week.”
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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.