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Steven Beale actor Aaron Sidwell hints his on-screen brother Peter could be returning

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Peter Beale, most recently played by Ben Hardy, left Walford for good in February 2015 – but could we be seeing him return in the future?

Ben Hardy took over the role of Peter Beale in June 2013, and played the role until he announced his departure in late 2014 after wanting to pursue Hollywood. Hardy has since featured in X Men: Apocalypse.

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Speaking to Inside Soap magazine, Aaron Sidwell (who plays Peter’s half-brother, Steven Beale) said: “I would like to see Ben Hardy reprise his role of Peter and to see a showdown between him and Steven for Lauren.”

The actor then added: “I think Ben is passionate about the show, and that he would probably be interested in coming back if the timing and story were right.”

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Peter and Lauren were childhood sweethearts, but broke up earlier this year off-screen.


Peter returning to Walford, whether he’s played by the same actor or not, wouldn’t be too shocking considering his whole family is there, including his child Louie.

Long-term viewers may remember that Steven Beale was a lot more troubled during his previous stint in the show, with his most deranged actions perhaps being kidnapping Ian and shooting Jane. But has he really changed?

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Steven is now dating his half-brother’s ex Lauren.


Sidwell teased:”Steven returned to Walford to help the Beales, but also because he is running from something. We’re always going to wonder whether he is the good son or bad son – and that brings Peter into play. Who should Lauren be with? Who should be home with Ian? It’s an interesting question.”

EastEnders continues tonight (Tuesday 9th August) at 7:30pm, on BBC One. 

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  • Holly Shoare

    EastEnders are doing too much of changing actors for he same roles. its all getting too confusing. if he’s to come back it has to be the same actor, please.