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‘I have to get out of here’: Hollywood star reveals why he quit EastEnders


Ben Hardy as Peter Beale in a promo shot for EastEnders

Ben hardy reveals why he left EastEnders (Picture: BBC)

Ben Hardy opened up about how he really felt about his time on EastEnders

The Peter Beale actor, 33, was involved in one of the biggest soap storylineswhen Peter’s sister Lucy Beale (Hetti Bywater) was killed. Following her death viewers were gripped as an intricate whodunnit story unfolded. Eventually it was revealed that the killer had been Lucy’s younger sibling Bobby (played by Eliot Carrington at the time).

Peter couldn’t live with the family’s decision to try to keep Bobby’s actions secret, so he moved to New Zealand. His girlfriend Lauren Branning (Jacqueline Jossa) gave birth to their son Louie and they joined Peter in his new life.

For actor Ben he claimed that he was losing himself in the process.

Speaking to the Independent, he said: ‘I had been battling it for a year, how to make things work.

‘I have so much respect for everyone who works on that show. [But] I felt myself getting lazy as an actor, I felt myself constantly going “This scene doesn’t work.”

Ben played Peter between 2006 and 2010 (Credits: BBC/Jack Barnes)

Ben has starred in a range of projects following his EE exit (Picture: BBC)

He added: ‘Like I was trying to make a diamond out of something that can’t be a diamond. That laziness scared me. I [said], “I have to get out of here.”

Since leaving Walford Ben has gone on to become a Hollywood star, playing Queen’s drummer Roger Taylor in the acclaimed biopic Bohemian Rhapsody. He also achieved superhero status as Angel in X-Men: Apocalypse, as well as having lead roles in other films, TV and theatre.

Viewers are about to see him in a completely different role, alongside Jason Patel in his upcoming movie Unicorns, a love story between an Essex car mechanic and a South Asian drag queen.

‘It is about inclusivity, about people loving whoever they want to love,’ Ben said. ‘I think if people walk out of this movie and go, “That was a beautiful love story,” then that’s the reaction that we want.’

With all of the roles that he’s taken since leaving Walford, Ben credits EastEnders with being his ‘screen education,’ he said.

‘I felt much more comfortable going to work on films, having had that day-in/day-out training of just all the technical stuff you don’t want to be thinking about on set. It becomes muscle memory, like, “Where have I got to be? Where’s the camera? What lens are we on?” All that kind of stuff.’

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Source:: Metro

      

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