Ben Mitchell axed from Enders

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 10 May 2010
Charlie Jones

Charlie Jones axed from Enders

Ben Mitchell and Lauren Branning are to be axed from 'EastEnders', as a new love interest is in store for Darren Miller

Ben Mitchell is set to leave 'EastEnders' this summer.

Charlie Jones - who has played the partially-deaf schoolboy for the past four years - apparently had to be "consoled" after bosses on the BBC One show told him his alter-ego would be written out during one of the summer's biggest storylines, expected to be based around his hatred of his younger sister Louise.

It was also revealed that Madeline Duggan, who plays teenager Lauren Branning, will soon be leaving Albert Square too.

A BBC spokesman said: "Charlie and Madeline have been a pleasure to work with and we wish them all the best for the future."

The news comes amidst a dramatic shake-up of the soap, involving several characters bring axed - including Chelsea Fox (Tiana Benjamin), Minty (Cliff Parisi), and Charlie Slater (Derek Martin).

Other upcoming twists on the show include a new love interest for Darren Miller (Charlie Hawkins) - who will be seduced by blonde bombshell Jodie Gold, played by Kylie Babbington.

New producer Bryan Kirkwood is set to introduce several new residents to the square in the coming months, including 'Footballers Wives' star Zoe Lucker who will portray Max Branning (Jake Wood)'s new love interest. He is also bringing back old favourites Kat and Alfie Moon.

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