EastEnders’ Max Bowden heaps praise on co-star as dark story continues

He thanked Aidan O’Callaghan for this work on the important storyline.

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Eastenders star Max Bowden has praised his co-star Aidan O’Callaghan for his work in the role of Lewis Butler.

Max, who plays Ben Mitchell on the soap, is currently involved in a storyline which sees Ben raped by barman Lewis.

“How wonderful has @Aidan_OCalla been? Taking on a roll like this comes with so much confusion and decision-making. Aidan is a powerhouse and working with him taught me so much. A real master of his craft,” he tweeted.

Max took to Twitter to share his thoughts after last night’s (June 9th) episode of the soap, which saw Ben tell his mum Kathy Beale about the ordeal he’s been through.

Thanking the charity Survivors UK for their guidance on the storyline, he said: “I just want to say thank you for the bottom of my heart for all your beautiful comments regarding Ben and Kathy’s story this evening. Remember a problem shared is a problem halved. @SurvivorsMcr are incredible and can give anybody the guidance they need. No means no. Thank you.”

EastEnders has been working with charities including Survivors UK, Survivors Manchester and the Male Survivors Partnership to ensure the storyline is covered as sensitively as possible.

Speaking about the storyline in April, Max said he was honoured to be given the opportunity to tell such an important story.

“Alongside some wonderful charities, and some very inspirational survivors of male sexual assault in the UK, I think we’ve been able to really strive to tell the most truthful account we can, and I hope we can raise awareness and understanding on a topic that is rarely covered,” he said.

EastEnders airs on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7.30pm on BBC One and streams on BBC iPlayer.