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Who is Ben Chambers in The A Word? Here's why Alison's new love interest may look familiar

David Gyasi has a glittering film and TV career

Meet Alison's new love interest in The A Word – Ben Chambers.

In tonight's episode (May 26), Paul is forced to spend time with his ex-wife new boyfriend.

Will he be okay with his ex-wife moving on?

Here's everything you need to know including why Ben in The A Word looks so familiar...

Ben Chambers is Alison's new love interest in The A Word (Credit: BBC)

Who is Ben Chambers?

Ben (David Gyasi) is introduced in the opening episode of series three as Alison's new love interest.

He too is the father of an autistic child – although Alison (Morven Christie) is yet to meet his daughter.

READ MORE: Why did Paul and Alison split up in The A Word?

We're yet to find out what happened to her mother but there are a few things we do know.

For example, Ben is absolutely smitten with Alison and owns his own gardening business in Manchester.

He also seems to adore to Joe (Max Vento) – but how will Paul (Lee Ingleby) feel about a stepfather coming into the picture?

Ben and Alison have more in common than she could have ever have imagined (Credit: BBC)

Following their split, Alison has been blaming herself for breaking up the family.

"I've spent the last ten years fighting my son's corner and I don't regret that," she tells her dad Maurice. "I know the fight in me is hard to be around.

READ MORE: Does Max Vento have autism in real life?

"Maybe it just got to be a habit, maybe I'm always looking for the next fight."

Alison also feels tremendous guilt about the impact the separation has had on Joe in particular.

But then she meets Ben – and her whole world is about to turned upside dow.

Who is David Gyasi?

If Ben looks familiar, that's because actor David Gyasi has a glittering TV and film career stretching back almost 20 years.

On the small screen, he's been in Casualty, The Bill, Doctors, Silent Witness, Waking the Dead, Doctor Who and Holby City – to name a few.

READ MORE: Does Maurice die in The A Word? Christopher Eccleston discusses series 3

He also starred alongside Angelina Jolie as Percival in Maleficent: Mistress of Evil.

Last year, David worked with Orlando Bloom and Cara Delevingne in TV series Carnival Row, playing Agreus Astrayon.

Netflix fans may also recognise him as David in the movie Annihilation.

How will Paul react to Alison moving on? (Credit: BBC)

What happens in The A Word tonight?

It's a big day for Joe this evening (May 26).

Alison (Morven Christie) organises a sponsored walk for for his classmates to raise money for the school.

READ MORE: Who is Ben Chambers in The A Word? Here's why Alison's new love interest may look familiar

Planning the event brings gives her a chance to bond with Joe's teacher Heather (Julie Hesmondhalgh).

During a heart-to-heart, the pair begin to open up one another and their conversation leaves Alison contemplating a new career.

Is Paul ready to see Alison move on? (Credit: BBC)

When the big day arrives, the pressure off being centre of attention proves too much for Joe (Max Vento) and he refuses to leave his room.

However, Rebecca (Molly Wright) turns up and the mother-to-be saves the day – but there's clearly something on her mind.

Later on she finally comes clean to Alison about what's been worrying her.

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Elsewhere, Paul (Lee Ingleby) is forced into a situation where he has to spend time with Ben (David Gyasi)..

Alison then finds out she isn't the only one that's moved on from her marriage.

The A Word series three is on BBC One, Tuesdays at 9pm.

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