Could THESE two EastEnders characters become Walford's most shocking couple yet?

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Is there romance on the cards for EastEnders' Ben Mitchell and Callum Highway?

EastEnders actors Max Bowden and Tony Clay - better known to soap fans as Ben Mitchell and Callum Highway, have revealed that there is a definite spark between their two characters in Walford.

Viewers have already seen there is a connection between the pair after Ben guessed that Callum was gay during a heated argument over a stolen van on Friday 31st May.

But while Callum isn't ready to face up to Ben's claims just yet, the actor who plays Callum - also known as Halfway to soap fans - has revealed there is plenty more to come from this storyline.

EastEnders Ben Mitchell and Callum Highway

Ben and Callum's argument last week lead to a surprise spark between them (Credit: BBC / Jack Barnes)

EastEnders stars Tony and Max told Digital Spy at the recent British Soap Awards that there is a connection between their characters.

Tony revealed: "Something's clicked there, and something has sparked between them. In weeks to come it'll be a really enjoyable thing to explore.

"It's an exciting avenue to go down, the characters bounce off each other and are polar opposites of one another, while at the same time they have both come from similar family backgrounds."

Max, who is the sixth actor to play Ben, added: "This is the first time that Ben has found common ground with someone on the Square, and exploring that has been quite fun."

But of course if Ben and Callum were to get together, it would make them one of Walford's most shocking couples because, not only is Ben so transfixed on his vendetta again Phil Mitchell these days, but also because Callum is currently in a long-term relationship with Whitney Dean.

EastEnders Callum Highway and Whitney Dean

Callum and Whitney have just moved into their first new home together, but will this spark with Ben ruin everything? (Credit: BBC / Jack Barnes)

The couple have just moved into their first home together after Callum started a new job at the funeral parlour with Jay Brown, meaning they could move into the flat above together.

But while Whitney is currently in the dark about her boyfriend's sexuality, she has noticed that he has been acting out of character recently.

Despite going through what should be one of the most exciting times as a couple as they plan for their future together in their new home, Whitney is worried that Callum seems distant.

EastEnders Ben Mitchell and Phil Mitchell

Could Ben's vendetta against Phil stand in the way of a romance with Callum? (Credit: BBC / Jack Barnes)

Having put Callum's odd behaviour down to his disappointment at not being able to return to the army thanks to his injury, little does she know he fabricated a reason for him to be signed off, not wanting to go back to his old role.

With Ben apparently being able to read Callum better than anyone, could he be the one to help him through this confusing time? Or will Callum bury his head in the sand and move forward with Whitney?

EastEnders airs Monday and Friday at 8pm and Tuesday and Thursday at 7.30pm on BBC One.

Claire Crick
Assistant Managing Editor at What To Watch

Claire is Assistant Managing Editor at What To Watch and has been a journalist for over 15 years, writing about everything from soaps and TV to beauty, entertainment, and even the Royal Family. After starting her career at a soap magazine, she ended up staying for 13 years, and over that time she’s pulled pints in the Rovers Return, sung karaoke in the Emmerdale village hall, taken a stroll around Albert Square, and visited Summer Bay Surf Club in sunny Australia. 

After learning some tricks of the trade at websites Digital Spy, Entertainment Daily, and Woman & Home, Claire landed a role at What’s On TV and writing about all things TV and film, with a particular love for Aussie soaps, Strictly Come Dancing and Bake Off

She’s interviewed everyone from June Brown — AKA Dot Cotton — to Michelle Keegan, swapped cooking tips with baking legend Mary Berry backstage at the NTAs, and danced the night away with soap stars at countless awards bashes. There’s not a lot she doesn’t know about soaps and TV and can be very handy when a soapy question comes up in a pub quiz! 

As well as all things soap-related, Claire also loves running, spa breaks, days out with her kids, and getting lost in a good book.