HOLLYWOOD star Ben Hardy has grown close to Jessica Plummer after they met on the set of their new BBC TV show.
The former EastEnders actors play a couple in new drama The Girl Before – and were spotted together at singer Jade Bird’s London gig earlier this week by excited fans.
Jessica – who played tragic Chantelle Atkins in the soap – and Ben – who played Ian Beale’s son Peter – have been liking each other’s Instagram pictures for weeks, with insiders revealing they have grown close after their on-screen chemistry turned into spending time off-screen since in June.
Since quitting EastEnders in 2015, Ben has gone on to crack Hollywood, with roles in X Men: Apocalypse, Bohemian Rhapsody and Netflix movie 6 Underground with Ryan Reynolds.
However, he didn’t overlap with Jessica, 28, on the soap as she only joined for a year as Chantelle before being killed off by her evil serial killer husband Gray in 2020.
She appeared on last year’s I’m A Celebrity, coming 7th and shares a daughter Noa, 6, with her ex boyfriend.
Ben, 30, split with ex girlfriend, actress Olivia Cooke, earlier this year, with friends telling The Sun: “Olivia and Ben were smitten to begin with but the intensity soon fizzled out. They’re at pivotal points in their acting careers and just couldn’t make it work.”
Ben's rep had no comment when contacted by The Sun. Jessica's rep has been contacted for comment.
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