It may not have been that long since Harry Reid left EastEnders and his role of Ben Mitchell behind, but the actor has recently been opening up about how he’s happy bosses and writers decided to take him out of the chaos on Albert Square.
Speaking about leaving the soap on today’s (April 1) episode of Sunday Brunch, the actor said: “There’s obviously an essence of job security there. As an actor, it is such a hard thing – you want to pay the bills and you want to do the job you love. So you do have to make a choice.
“Obviously I told you last time they wrote me out so they kind of gave me that push, but it was one that I’m glad they did, because now I can go out and do other stuff.”
He went on to say that leaving the soap was always something he had in mind when discussing his role with management, adding: “I always did want to renew because I loved the character but it was always in the back of our heads at some point to leave, because I did want to do other stuff.
“And, as we know, in castings you do get type cast if you’re there for too long, no matter how good you are.”
Reid has now made his on-stage debut as Leonard Vole, in Agatha Christie’s Witness for the Prosecution.
EastEnders continues throughout the week on BBC One. Sunday Brunch airs on Channel 4.
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