Former EastEnders star Harry Reid has reached out to new Ben Mitchell actor Max Bowden, after the role was recast.
The soap confirmed this week that Ben would be returning, but that there would be a new person playing the role.
Harry was written out of the soap just last year, and amid claims he was told the role would not be recast, fans were left stunned by the major change.
Now, Harry has reached out to newcomer Max on Twitter , giving his approval for him taking on the role ahead of his debut and even offering advice.
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Tweeting the actor, he wrote: “@MaxBowden Mate, just wanted to wish you the best of the luck.
“Re-casting can be hard on us, but they will grow to love you! Enjoy Ben as much as I did!
“Welcome to the Clan…I anoint you Ben the 6th. H x.”
Max Bowden will take on the role of Ben Mitchell
(Image: BBC / Jack Barnes)
Max responded to the sweet message, thanking him for his support amid the understandably awkward situation.
He said: “Mate thank you so much, that honestly means a hell of a lot. I hope I can give it as much brilliance as you did.”
Max is the sixth actor to play the role of Ben since he joined the show in 1996.
Harry played Ben between 2014 and 2018
Meanwhile, new show boss Kate Oates recently revealed the reason she replaced actor Harry, giving the role to Waterloo Road actor Max.
She explained to Digital Spy: "I just want to take the character in a different direction and that’s why I’ve gone for somebody different and I know that recasts sometimes ruffle some feathers and I know that sometimes people think they won’t gel with that character the same way they used to."
EastEnders airs Mondays and Fridays at 8pm, and Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7:30pm on BBC One
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