Harry Reid addresses “mixed reaction” to Ben Mitchell’s EastEnders exit

The actor speaks out about Ben's departure from Walford

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Former EastEnders actor Harry Reid has defended Ben Mitchell’s exit storyline, commenting that Ben was acting true to form by leaving for a new life overseas.

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Fans of the BBC1 soap had questioned Ben’s motivations for quitting Albert Square and attempting to do a runner with the haul from the New Year’s Day heist. But speaking about his departure, Reid said:

“I think Ben’s exit was really good. I think a mixed reaction might have come from the fact that Ben wasn’t a main central focus of the storyline.”

Of the scenes where Ben was followed to Dover by Mel, Reid added to Digital Spy: “Obviously Tamzin Outhwaite was coming back into the show as Mel, so you have to divvy up the storyline.

“But I thought the storyline was great. It was very much in Ben’s nature to deceive everyone and walk away.”

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The decision to write Ben out of EastEnders brought Reid’s three-year stint in the role, but the 25-year-old as sanguine about his time on the show coming to an end:

“I was surprised when they told me. But that’s because when you’re in EastEnders or another soap, you’re in a job where you’ve got continuous work, which you don’t normally get as an actor.

“But I never wanted to stay in EastEnders for my entire life. I’ve always said that, so actually I’m happy with the run that I’ve had.”

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