EastEnders’ child star unrecognisable 12 years later with co-star girlfriend

One EastEnders star looks totally unrecognisable now – a whopping 12 years after leaving his role on the BBC soap.

Charlie Jones played Ben Mitchell from 2006 until 2010, one of six actors who lent their faces to the iconic character.

Most fans now associate heartthrob Max Bowden with the character, as he has played Ben for the past three years, but he was initially portrayed by Matthew Silver when he was introduced in 1996.

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But Charlie took up the baton for some pretty heavy hitting storylines, including a devastating child abuse plot and the ‘death’ of his mum Kathy Beale before she was revealed to still be alive.

Ben was mentally and physically abused by Phil’s girlfriend Stella Crawford in a truly harrowing storyline – and afterwards, was left fighting his own demons.

Ben, played by Charlie, lost control by attacking a bully and burning his sister’s arm, which saw him serve eight months in prison – which was when he was recast as Joshua Pasco.

He was instantly recognisable for his iconic specs, and carried the character of Ben through some of his school years.

Aged 13, Charlie left the soap and continued to forge his path in the world of acting.

But now he looks nothing like he used to, having ditched his glasses for a more rugged look.

The 26-year-old hunk now sports an impressive ginger beard and appears to have been hitting the gym plenty in recent years.

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After studying at the Academy of Live and Recorded Arts, Charlie went on to land roles in everything from teen drama Noughts + Crosses to Netflix film Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Story alongside Hugh Bonneville.

He is loved up with his famous girlfriend Flora London, best known for her role in Endeavour as Bridget Mulcahy in 2020.

The pair have even appeared in the same show, McDonald & Dodds, with Charlie taking on the role of DC Samuel Goldie and Flora portraying an unnamed character.

The pair have been together for five years and regularly share snaps with fans on social media.

In one adorable picture, Flora could be seen wearing a white dress with her blonde hair falling to frame her face as she cosied up to her beau.


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