EastEnders' Ben to come out as gay
- Bang Showbiz
- 21 July 2011
EastEnders' Ben Mitchell will go to great lengths to ensure his hardman dad Phil doesn't find out he is gay
EastEnders' Ben Mitchell is to reveal he is gay.
The Walford teenager - played by Joshua Pascoe - will be seen kissing newcomer Duncan following a training session at the local gym but will go to desperate lengths to hide his sexuality from ruddy-faced hardman dad Phil (Steve McFadden).
The pair are spotted by Patrick Trueman (Rudolph Walker), who Ben then threatens to keep his secret and the terrified shopkeeper calls police, leading to furious Phil demanding an apology.
However, Patrick refuses to apologise, leading to a Mitchell family vendetta against him which embroils most of the residents of Albert Square.
A source told the Daily Mirror newspaper: "Since the day Ben returned to Walford, he's been a bit of a disappointment for Phil.
"With his love of musicals and dancing, Ben was not cast from the same tough guy mould as his father. It's ironic that Phil's efforts to turn his son into a mini version of himself backfire spectacularly when he encourages Ben to go boxing with Duncan.
"But no one could anticipate the chain of events this will spark around Walford as Ben tries to keep is sexuality secret from his father. Poor Ben is terrified of Phil's reaction but the truth will out, sooner or later."