EastEnders' Max Bowden suffers painful injury filming angry Ben Mitchell scenes

EASTENDERS star Max Bowden has revealed that he suffered a painful injury filming an angry Ben Mitchell scene.

As viewers will know, his character is currently struggling with homophobic abuse targeted towards him and his loved ones.


On Monday night's instalment of the BBC soap, his emotions got the better of him and he ended up lashing out.

So much so that he headbutted a locker in The Arches and hit it with his fist multiple times.

Max, 27, punched with such force that he ended up hurting himself.

The actor posted a snap of injured hand on Twitter.

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He told his 51.7k followers: "Occupational hazard from Mondays episode… two shattered knuckles and one big bruise. Playing Ben Mitchell is a joy," and a laughing face emoji.

He added: "Thanks for all the comments. Big couple of weeks incoming.!"

Fans rushed to the comments section to send their love and make sure that he is okay.

One replied: "It was an amazing scene Max & I felt every emotion of Ben. You are so dedicated & committed to playing Ben, I know how hard you work. It’s not going to be an easy watch but I know you’ll smash it but play each scene with every care & attention. I’m incredibly proud of you!"

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Another said: "Bless your heart Max ouch proof showing how committed you are as an actor I hope your okay Mondays episode you were phenomenal your acting your performance was so devastating heartbreaking intense painful powerful raw you just blow me away every time so proud so talented."

A third added: "That scene was fantastic Max, such a heartbreaking insight into how Ben is feeling. A truly fantastic performance. I'm guessing your head was hurting too, that's commitment, I applaud you. Not sure I'm ready for what's coming, but I'll be watching to see how things play out."

"Sorry you have to be physically hurt, Max. We appreciate the sacrifice and know you are doing a brilliant job," a third chimed in.

Last night things got a lot worse for Ben.

He witnessed a group of homophobic men taking the mickey out of his husband Callum's poster.

The mechanic challenged one of them, who was wearing a red hoodie, but was stopped by Lewis Butler.

The pair ended up going to The Albert and Ben started drinking very strong cocktails prepared by Lewis.

The homophobic gang turned up and wanted to have a drink by Lewis refused them because of their previous actions.

Ben became overwhelmed by anger again and left the pub, but as he left The Albert he saw a man run past him in a red hoodie.

He picked up a crowbar, the guy stopped and hit him over the head.

The man fell over and started kicking him.

Ben was given the shock of his life when he turned the guy over and it was actually Peter Beale.

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As soap fans know Ben will be involved in a heartbreaking male rape storyline, this new friendship means trouble for the character.

Viewers will see Ben become the victim of a shocking sexual assault by new barman Lewis, played by 33-year-old Irish actor Aidan O’Callaghan.


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