Max Bowden has portrayed Ben Mitchell in EastEnders since 2019 (Picture: Gareth Cattermole/Getty)
Ben Mitchell has been at the centre of a gripping EastEnders plot in recent weeks as it finally bubbles over into a fiery confrontation.
The character and son of Phil Mitchell and Kathy Beale shocked viewers when he was raped by Prince Albert bartender Lewis Butler.
The pair cosied up following an argument between Ben and his partner Callum Highway before things took a sinister and heartbreaking turn.
And in upcoming episodes, Ben’s violent side is set to return as he plots vengeance against his abuser.
Ben has been portrayed by actor Max Bowden since 2019, who has been lauded for his phenomenal acting in this plot line.
But what other shows has Max appeared in – and is the 27-year-old dating anyone right now?
Here is everything you need to know.
What TV shows has Max Bowden appeared in?
His career began in 2006 with him taking on the role of Naughty Neighbour in Demolition Dad.
Max’s big break was Waterloo Road (Picture: Mike Marsland/WireImage)
Then, in 2014, Max took on the role of Justin Fitzgerald in the hit BBC drama Waterloo Road.
Justin entered the show when his mother left him and his brother Ryan following a nervous breakdown.
The pair went to live with their father and Waterloo Road headteacher Vaughan Fitzgerald, with Justin struggling to adjust to his new school and family dynamic.
Following this role, in 2016 Max made appearances in the likes of Doctors, Saved, and Casualty.
Then in 2019, he became the sixth person to take on the role of Ben Mitchell in the iconic soap series Eastenders.
As well as TV appearances, Max has also hit the stage with roles in the likes of Birdsong and The Haunting of Alice Bowles.
He won an Inside Soap Award for Best Bad Boy in 2019 and has also received nominations for the National Television Awards and the TV Choice Awards.
Is Max Bowden dating anyone?
Max announced his split with long-term girlfriend Roisin Buckle in April 2022.
The following month, Buckle took to Instagram to announce the former couple are expecting their first child together.
It has been reported that the pair have remained friends and want to co-parent their son.
Recently, it has been said that Max has grown closer to co-star Shona McGarty as relationship rumours swirl.
In pictures obtained by The Sun, the stars were seen holding hands outside a kebab van last week.
Previously, Max was pictured leaving Shona’s house, with a source telling Mail Online: ‘They spend as much time together as they can. Most nights or mornings Max is seen entering or leaving Shona’s home.
‘They have tried to keep their relationship a secret and they drive into the EastEnders set separately, but anybody who sees them together can see how they feel about each other.’
However, neither soap star has commented on the rumours – so, officially, Max is considered to be single.
Shona McGarty plays Whitney Dean in Eastenders (Picture: Karwai Tang/WireImage)
The couple’s characters on the soap were previously embroiled in a love triangle in 2019 when Ben pursued Shona’s character, Whitney Dean’s, fiance Callum Highway, whom he is now married to.
The pair began an affair behind Whitney’s back, which was revealed the day before her and Callum’s wedding.
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