From EastEnders to Hollywood: Ben Hardy gets a hug from Jennifer Lawrence at X-Men Apocalypse fan screening

Published Tuesday, May 10 2016, 09:43 BST  |  By  |  Add comment
Ben Hardy looked every inch the Hollywood star as he attended a premiere for his debut film X-Men: Apocalypse last night – and got a hug from co-star Jennifer Lawrence.

The former EastEnders actor is set to crack America with his role of Angel in the latest film in the superhero franchise, and was among the cast on the red carpet in London last night.

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X-Men Apocalypse Fan Screening held at the BFI Imax

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His character left EastEnders in 2015.

Jennifer Lawrence and Ben Hardy attend a Global Fan Screening of 'X-Men: Apocalypse' at the BFI IMAX on May 9, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/WireImage)

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Ben got a hug from J-Law on the red carpet.

Ben, 25, was pictured getting a big hug from Oscar winner Jennifer, also 25, as they bumped into each other at a VIP fan screening at the BFI Imax on Monday evening (9 May).

He attended the glam event with gorgeous girlfriend Katriona Perrett.

Ben Hardy and Katriona Perrett
X-Men Apocalypse Fan Screening held at the BFI Imax

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With girlfriend Katriona.

Ben found fame as Peter Beale in EastEnders, leaving in February 2015 when his character chose to move to New Zealand with pregnant girlfriend Lauren Branning, played by Jacqueline Jossa.

He recently told Fault magazine that he didn't have any jobs lined up when he quit EastEnders, saying: "No, I just left really. It's one of those things you've got to just get out there to do otherwise I might find myself waking up in 10 years wondering what could have been."