EastEnders actor Ben Hardy reveals why he ‘battled for a year’ to leave soap and headed for Hollywood

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EastEnders actor Ben Hardy reveals why he “battled for a year” to leave but found success in Hollywood.

The actor, 33, starred as Peter Beale in the BBC One soap from 2013 to 2015. Speaking in an interview with The Independent Hardy explained why he left EastEnders. He said: “I had been battling it for a year, how to make things work, I have so much respect for everyone who works on that show.

“I felt myself getting lazy as an actor, I felt myself constantly going ‘This scene doesn’t work’. Like I was trying to make a diamond out of something that can’t be a diamond. That laziness scared me. I [said], ‘I have to get out of here’.”

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During his time on EastEnders Hardy was part of a huge storyline which involved his on-screen twin sister Lucy Beale being murdered. This began a lengthy ‘whodunnit’ story meaning the actor stayed a lot longer than originally planned. 

Since leaving the soap Ben has seen huge success in Hollywood. He starred in the blockbuster movie X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) as Angel alongside James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender and Jennifer Lawrence. He was also cast as Roger Taylor in the Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) with Rami Malek, Lucy Boynton and Gwilym Lee. 

Hardy is promoting his new movie Unicorns which was released on July 5. He also has three more upcoming projects currently in production. Amazing what a British TV soap can do for your career. 

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