Who is EastEnders’ Max Bowden dating and what else has he starred in?

Max Bowden has played Eastenders’ Ben Mitchell since 2019 (Picture: BBC)

Ben Mitchell has been at the centre of a gripping EastEnders plot in recent months, and his former partner Callum Highway (Tony Clay) is finally set to learn the truth about his ordeal.

The character and son of Phil Mitchell (Steve McFadden) and Kathy Beale (Gillian Taylforth) shocked viewers when he was raped by Prince Albert bartender Lewis Butler  (Aidan O’Callaghan) back in May.

In Wednesday’s episode, Callum is set to learn about the event, with Ben reporting Lewis for the event following a tense showdown between the pair.

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?

Max’s career began in 2006 with him taking on the role of Naughty Neighbour in Demolition Dad.

Inside Soap Awards - Red Carpet ArrivalsMax’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 following a nervous breakdown.

The pair went to live with their father and Waterloo Road headteacher Vaughan Fitzgerald (Neil Pearson), 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.

Max BowdenMax Bowden has appeared in a number of hit TV shows, including Doctors and Casualty (Picture: SOPA Images / LightRocket via Getty)

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 seemingly confirmed his romance with fellow EastEnders star Shona McGarty this week.

Max Bowden and Shona McGartyShona shared pictures of the pair at a festival (Picture: @shonabmx / Instagram)

The pair posed for a series of snaps at the House and Classics Festival in Essex, which Shona shared on her Instagram profile.

The snaps showed Max with his arm around her in one picture, while a selfie saw the duo pose for the camera, making kiss faces.

Shona posted these pics as well as a video with the caption: ‘Can’t wait for the next one xx @adhq_kammy_ @bubblydamz@bowden5’


Rumours began earlier this year that romance was brewing between the stars.

In pictures obtained by The Sun, the stars were seen holding hands outside a kebab van during a night out.

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.’

The British Soap Awards 2022 - ArrivalsShona 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, fiancé Callum Highway.

The pair began an affair behind Whitney’s back, which was revealed the day before her and Callum’s wedding.

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.

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