Following the shocking rape scene, EastEnders fans applaud Max Bowden's exceptional acting

Following the shocking rape scene, EastEnders fans applaud Max Bowden's exceptional acting

In harrowing scenes, viewers praised Max Bowden''s excellent performance during the last night episode (Monday, May 23) as his character, Ben Mitchell, was raped by Lewis Butler (Aidan OCallaghan).

After an argument with his husband, Ben drinking at The Queen Vic in the last nights was heartbreaking. (Tony Clay).

Ben contemplated his marriage by using a dating app and seeing Albert bar manager Lewis there.

The two met up for drinks at the Albert and a drunk Ben chatted with Lewis.

Both went upstairs when Ben received a photo of Callum with his daughter, but Lexi discovered that he made a mistake and wanted to leave.

In distressing scenes, Lewis held him down and refused to let him go.

After the heartbreaking scenes, fans shook hands with Max, expressing his gratitude for his remarkable performance and the way he handled the subject...

The only thing I will say about tonight''s episode is that Max, Aidan, and Tony are phenomenal. Truly amazed by their performances #EastEndersMay 23, 2022

Max Bowden is such a talented actor who deserves to receive all his flowers! A heartbreaking scene so well delivered. #EastEndersMay 23, 2022

Max and Callum are absolutely fantastic actors and deserve all the #EastEnders May 23, 2022 awards.

Max provided an incredible job. #EastEndersMay 23, 2022

It was so difficult to see, but can we just talk about max''s performance at the end of the game? just want to say that #eastenders always deal with difficult hitting issues so well. Not looking forward to the remainder of the week #ballum May 23, 2022

That was awful to watch, but max Bowden was superb #EastEndersMay 23, 2022

In an upcoming storyline, Ben was announced earlier this month that he would be the victim of rape, with his trauma coming just as Ben is still struggling to deal with the homophobic attack on Callum in January.

Ben''s mental health has reached a deadlock since being attacked by homophobic individuals on the street, leaving one man badly beaten in the hospital and even attacking his own nephew in a false identity.

Max, talking to What to Watch, revealed that the course is a jolt to Ben''s mum, Kathy Beale, according to a previous storyline (Gillian Taylforth).

Kathy was herself a victim of rape by Willmott Brown in the 1980s, according to Max. Ben''s attack occurs in the same location where his mother was also raped...

"It was a deliberate move from the producers," said the producer. What''s really great about what''s happening with the show at the moment is that it''s a lot of referencing and a lot of connections back to history, which the viewers aim.

"They love to be reminded of things they''ve previously performed. And for that to then lie within the story is genius, it keeps the show at its roots, its heritage, and all of the things that make EastEnders what it is.

"Gillian and I have the most amazing relationship and we''re really close," says the filmmaker. There was a lot of cross-referencing between us about her journey through filming, and my experiences going through it. There is always a conversation to hold with Gillian Taylforth.

BBC One is set to premiere tonight at 7:30pm.

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