After being banged up for killing Heather Trott in August 2012, bad boy Ben Mitchell is on his way back to Albert Square, looking a little different as newcomer Harry Reid is taking over the role from Joshua Pascoe.

There’s sure to be fireworks as Ben has unfinished business with many of the Walford residents, including estranged father Phil, ex-girlfriend Lola, daughter Lexi – and Heather’s best friend Shirley…

Earlier this year, Phil was shocked to discover Ben had been released from prison early but was unsuccessful in his attempts to track him down.  It came as less of a surprise to Ben’s best friend Jay, however, whom viewers discovered was in contact with him all along.

“I’m very excited to be joining EastEnders,” said new boy Harry. “Not only because it’s a great show but also to be playing Ben, a character that is so renowned and from such an iconic family. I’m looking forward to getting started and working closely with the legendary Steve McFadden. I can’t wait to become a fully-fledged Mitchell.”

Dominic Treadwell-Collins, Executive Producer, said: “Ben’s half-Beale and half-Mitchell and Harry perfectly encapsulates both the Mitchell danger and Beale heart that make Ben such a complex character. Ben’s return to the Square is going to have big repercussions for his family, his friends – and his enemies. Plus a few residents he hasn’t even met yet…”

Ben will be seen on screen later this year.