EastEnders star lands huge Hollywood role

The actor left the Square in 2015 and has become a success in the States

Former EastEnders star Ben Hardy has done pretty well for himself after quitting as Peter Beale.

And now it looks like he’s cementing his success with a major role in another Hollywood movie.

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He’s set to take on the role of Queen drummer Roger Taylor in the upcoming Freddie Mercury biopic.

A source told The Sun: “Ben caught the eye of producers and he has worked with director Bryan Singer on X-Men.

“After a couple of screen tests, bosses decided he was the perfect man for the job and signed him up. He’s very excited.

“But he’s got plenty of work to do before filming starts – he’s even started taking drumming lessons to get up to scratch.”

Ben got his big break in X-Men: Apocalypse starring as Angel, a mutant with bird-like feathered wings. For that role, Ben had to do plenty of indoor skydiving in preparation, so he’s definitely one committed performer.

Ben starred in EastEnders as Ian Beale’s son for two years. His biggest storyline was when his twin sister, Lucy Beale, was murdered and Peter was one of the prime suspects.

When he discovered it had in fact been his little brother Bobby Beale who had accidentally killed Lucy, and stepmum Jane Beale covered it up, Peter couldn’t live with the guilt of covering up for Bobby and left for New Zealand with girlfriend Lauren and their unborn baby.

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Lauren has since returned with Peter’s half-brother, Steven Beale, and baby Louie, and it’s been revealed Peter’s gone off the rails in NZ.

He’s mentioned a lot, prompting some fans to believe he’s set for a dramatic return, but it looks like Ben’s definitely moved on to much bigger things.

The Freddie Mercury biopic seems to be back on track following several setbacks including lead actor Sacha Baron Cohen pulling out after clashes with some of Freddie’s former bandmates.

Mr Robot star Rami Malek has stepped into the role and reports suggest they’re now just looking to cast guitarist Brian May and bass player John Deacon before filming can begin.