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EastEnders: Harry Reid is leaving Ben Mitchell role

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EastEnders actor Harry Reid is leaving the soap.

The BBC has confirmed that Harry, who has played the role of Ben Mitchell since 2014, is exiting Albert Square after three years.

The 25-year-old actor will be shooting his final scenes over the coming months as part of a storyline that will air before the end of the year.

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A spokesperson said: "We can confirm that Harry will be leaving EastEnders. Harry has been a great addition to the cast and we wish him all the best for the future."

Mechanic Ben – the son of Kathy and Phil Mitchell – looks set for a dramatic departure.

He is currently romantically involved with Luke Browning, unaware that he is the son of James Willmott-Brown, the man who once raped his mother.

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It's thought this dark and explosive storyline will lead to Ben's exit.

"Fans of Ben and the Mitchell family will be shocked to see his departure from the soap," a TV insider told the Sun. "He will star in a big storyline before the end of the year and will be written out of the show as a result."

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This is not the first time that Ben has left the soap; Harry is the fifth actor to have played the role. During his stint on the show, Harry has seen Ben come out in a gay relationship with his partner Paul Coker, who was shockingly murdered in a homophobic attack.

Gallery: EastEnders full cast guide and pictures (Provider: Digital Spy)

Eastenders Cast: Last updated 29/09/2017. It's not too tricky to tell the difference between Phil Mitchell and Ian Beale, but do you struggle to keep track of who plays who in the EastEnders cast and how everyone fits in? Are you an occasional viewer who needs a steer when it comes to the newer characters? Want to know who's leaving? Or do you just like looking at the cast all spruced up in their pretty promo pictures? Here's our full guide to the 2017 EastEnders cast. EastEnders full cast guide and pictures: Who plays who?  

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