Jessica Plummer with inset of Ben Hardy

Ex-EastEnders stars Jessica Plummer and Ben Hardy spotted ‘on a date’

Has love blossomed outside Walford?

Former EastEnders stars Jessica Plummer and Ben Hardy have set tongues wagging after they were spotted enjoying a cosy night out together.

The pair met while filming their new BBC drama show The Girl Before.

They were then seen enjoying a night out earlier this week.

Jessica Plummer in a cream satin halterneck dress on the red carpet
Jessica finished seventh in I’m A Celebrity last year (Credit:

What happened on their night out?

Jessica and Ben attended singer Jade Bird’s London gig together.

Reports suggest that the pair have grown close with their on-screen chemistry transferring to real life.

They’ve been spotted regularly liking one another’s Instagram posts and it’s thought they’ve been spending time together off-screen since June.

According to The Sun the actors were seen “on a date” by excited fans at the gig.

Were Ben and Jessica Plummer in EastEnders at the same time?

While both actors are EastEnders alumni, there was no overlap in the soap so they wouldn’t have met in Walford.

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Jessica, 28, appeared as tragic Chantelle Atkins for just one year, with her stint in the soap ending in 2020 when she was murdered by abusive husband Gray Atkins.

Ben, 30, played Ian Beale’s son Peter Beale for two years from 2013 – 2015 before quitting the role.

He has gone on to become a successful Hollywood star securing roles in box office hits including X-Men: Apocalypse and Bohemian Rhapsody.

Ben Hardy in a black suit with black shirt and tie poses on the red carpet with one hand in his pocket
Ben has become a Hollywood star since leaving EastEnders (Credit: CoverMedia)

Does Ben Hardy have a girlfriend?

It appears not.

Ben and his ex-girlfriend actress Olivia Cooke broke up earlier this year.

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At the time friends of the couple told The Sun how their careers had got in the way of the relationship.

They said: “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.”

Jessica meanwhile shares a daughter, Noa, six, with her ex-boyfriend.

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Talking about her relationship status and Noa’s dad and childhood sweetheart Jaz in January she said: “Yes, I am single right now, but I will always love him.

“He will always be my family and we fully share responsibility for Noa.”

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Nancy Brown
Associate Editor