'EastEnders' exit for Ben Mitchell confirmed
Published May 27 2012, 00:28 BST | By Daniel Kilkelly EastEnders
bosses have confirmed that Ben Mitchell will be bowing out from the soap later this year.
The troubled teenager makes his departure from Walford at the end of his current storyline, which has seen him attempting to cover up his guilt in the Heather Trott murder case
, who plays Ben, is expected to film his final scenes in the summer.
Yesterday, it emerged that Pascoe had been arrested and bailed in connection with an alleged sex assault. However, reports suggest that it was always the plan for the 16-year-old to leave EastEnders
as a natural conclusion to the Heather story.
Discussing the plotline, an EastEnders
spokesperson told the Daily Star Sunday
: "It will come as no surprise to the viewers of EastEnders
that the character of Ben will be departing Walford when the truth finally emerges."
Meanwhile, a show insider said: "Joshua was always going to leave at the end of his current contract due to his storyline. There was no way Ben could stay on the Square long-term after killing Heather. But how it all comes out is a closely guarded secret."Pascoe was cast as Ben in late 2010
, taking over from Charlie Jones.