EastEnders fans all say same thing as they spot ‘secret couple’ Max Bowden and Shona McGarty sitting next to each other


EAGLE-EYED Eastenders fans spotted signs actors Max Bowden and Shona McGarty are a ‘secret couple’ at tonight’s British Soap Awards.

HOAR recently revealed that the pair, who play Whitney Dean and Ben Mitchell on the BBC soap, had “grown close” after he split from his pregnant girlfriend this year.

Eastenders Shona McGarty walked the British Soap Awards red carpet alone

Fans watching the awards at home on ITV and some who are lucky enough to be sitting in theatre have all said the same thing about the pair.

They spotted them taking selfies and joking around with costar

“Max and Shona BTW…” wrote one fan on Twitter alongside a photo of them sitting near each other.

Another wrote: “Max and Tony are taking a lot of photos! (with Shona too!)”

Despite their growing relationship they opted to walk the awards’ red carpet alone, with Shona oozing Hollywood glamour in a strapless gown.

But they were later spotted standing very close together in a group photo of the Eastenders cast.

Max joined the BBC soap in 2019 after playing Kash Ryland in BBC drama Casualty and was in the Beeb’s Waterloo Road for two years as Justin Fitzgerald.

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He became the sixth actor to play Phil Mitchell’s son and won Best Bad Boy at the 2019 Inside Soap Awards.

His character is now married to policeman Callum Highway, who has been at the centre of a number of big storylines including the recent hard-hitting male rape.

The actors have denied they are “officially dating”, but have been spotted holding hands and Max, 27, was seen leaving 30-year-old Shona’s home in the morning.

Max’s ex-lover, insurance exec Roisin Buckle, revealed last month they were having a baby boy. The couple vowed to raise the child together, despite their split.

Shona is single after splitting from electrician fiancé Ryan Harris in January.

A source previously told HOAR: “They spend as much time together as they can.

“Most nights or mornings Max is seen entering or leaving Shona’s home. He wears the same clothes most days.

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“They have tried to keep their relationship a secret and they drive into the EastEnders set separately.

“But anybody who sees them together can see how they feel about each other.”

Her rumoured boyfriend and costar Max Bowden arrived separately to her

They were seen standing very close to each other in a cast photo before the awards ceremony
But fans watching at home spotted them sitting near each other at the awards show

The pair were seen getting a kebab together earlier this month