EastEnders Ben Mitchell star shares personal link to Lola’s tragic cancer plot

EastEnders Ben Mitchell star shares personal link to Lola’s tragic cancer plot

December 14, 2022

EastEnders star Max Bowden says the Mitchell family are "closer than ever" following Lola Pearce's cancer diagnosis.

The actor, who has played Ben Mitchell in the BBC One soap since 2019, is currently involved in an emotional storyline which will go on into the new year.

Lola (Danielle Harold) was diagnosed with a brain tumour earlier this year and was later told her illness is terminal.

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Ben and Lola have been determined to stay positive for their young daughter Lexi

Over the festive period. Jay Brown (Jamie Brothwich) proposes to Lola but she think he's doing it out of pity.

Opening up about the storyline, Max told Daily Star: "It's been tough. Danielle [Harold] has been incredible. She's been amazing.

"It's a storyline quite close to my heart, which is tough, but it's as a unit the Mitchells have really come together, closer than ever.

"The show is just spawning amazing material at the moment and I'm really proud to be in it."

Max revealed in 2020 that his beloved grandfather died of cancer.

At the time, the soap star posted a picture of him holding his granddad's hand, revealing he sadly passed away.

Max also shared a golf challenge he undertook in aid of the Macmillan charity, which supports people who have cancer.

Macmillan's Longest Day challenge, which Max did with two pals, saw teams taking on 72 golf holes in 24 hours.

Lola's storyline has gripped the nation and has received praise from Macmillan Cancer Support as well as fans.

Macmillan Cancer Support's Strategic Advisor for Treatment, Dany Bell, said: "Storylines like Lola’s play a crucial role in raising awareness of the impact cancer can have on someone's life, as well as some of the early signs and symptoms that may lead to a diagnosis.

"After being approached by EastEnders, Macmillan, alongside Brain Tumour Research, has helped to bring stories like Lola’s to life in a realistic, accurate way for EastEnders' millions of viewers across the UK, which has the potential to save lives and help others to better understand the incredibly difficult time that people living with cancer may be going through.

"We know that what Lola and her fictional family are going through on EastEnders is a daily reality for many people around the UK right now. Macmillan is here to do whatever it takes to support everyone affected by cancer."

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