The following article contains discussions of sexual assault that some readers may find upsetting.
EastEnders spoilers follow.
EastEnders Star Aidan O’Callaghan has confirmed his exit scenes as Lewis aired in Ben Mitchell’s rape story.
Wednesday’s (August 17) emotional episode saw Ben set for revenge on her rapist lewisafter a trying week where Phil and Sam Mitchell initially attempted revenge on his behalf.
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As Ben considered shooting Lewis, he forced him to admit to the rape instead and later confided in dad Phil that he planned to report the assault to the police.
Aidan O’Callaghan has spoken about his time on the soap being coming to an end now that Ben finally has a sense of closure.
“As far as the story goes, it’s been an emotional week. As far as I know, it’s the last episode of Lewis. But the door for me hasn’t been closed completely. I’ll just have to wait and see if my phone rings,” the actor said.
“On the one hand, it’s been so rewarding to be able to play out so much drama and this really intense arc, but on the other hand, it’s a really tough arc to pull through in terms of redemption.
“It’s such a dark and intense story. If it went to court, it would be fascinating. I know, after speaking with Manchester Survivors that court cases can be tricky and complicated as evidence is presented. It would be fascinating, but we’ll have to wait and see.”
O’Callaghan has a busy few months ahead of him now that he’s left Walford – he’s in the next netflix series The Witcher: Origin of Blood and has a movie in the works too.
“I’m shooting a really exciting feature film in Yorkshire, playing a really fascinating character who is a soldier,” he said. “It opened up a lot of opportunities for me and I just signed with a new agent. I just can’t wait to see what happens next and I’m really excited for the release of The Witcher: Origin of Bloodthat I filmed last year.
“I also had a little break in terms of rest after the warehouse week. Steve [McFadden] I said on the last day how amazing it’s been to work with me and I was like, ‘I have to record this and put it on my wall’.”
EastEnders airs Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7.30pm on BBC One, with some episodes airing on BBC Two during summer sporting events. The show is also streaming on BBC iPlayer.
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If you have been affected by the issues raised in this story, there are many organizations that can offer help and support, including SurvivorsUK (0203 598 3898 or email@example.com), Manchester Survivors (0808 800 5005 or firstname.lastname@example.org) and the Male survivor partnership (0808 800 5005 or email@example.com). In case of emergency, please dial 999.