Harry Reid has been cast as EastEnders character Ben Mitchell, the fifth actor to play the role of Phil's (Steve McFadden) troubled son.

Commenting on his casting, Reid said: "I'm very excited to be joining EastEnders - not only because it's a great show but also to be playing Ben, a character that is so renowned and from such an iconic family."

Reid added: "I'm looking forward to getting started and working closely with the legendary Steve McFadden. I can't wait to become a fully-fledged Mitchell."

EastEnders' Executive Producer, Dominic Treadwell-Collins, said: "Ben's half Beale and half Mitchell and Harry perfectly encapsulates both the Mitchell danger and Beale heart that make Ben such a complex character."

He added: "Ben's return to the Square is going to have big repercussions for his family, his friends - and his enemies. Plus a few residents he hasn't even met yet."

Reid will make his debut later this year.