EastEnders lovers Max Bowden and Shona McGarty share kiss on date at bowling alley

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EASTENDERS couple Max Bowden and Shona McGarty have publicly showed off their romance by sharing kisses on a date at a bowling alley.

The actors, who play Ben Mitchell and Whitney Dean, posed for their first snap together since HOAR on Sunday revealed they were an item.

EastEnders fan Adam Simmons posed for a picture with Max and Shona on their bowling date
EastEnders actors Max Bowden and Shona McGarty previously insisted they were just ‘good friends’

Max, 27, and Shona, 30, did not hide their love at Hollywood Bowl in Stevenage, Herts — despite previously insisting they were “just good friends”.

A witness said: “They were kissing and touchy-feely — not trying to cover up they’re a couple.”

Shona has split from fiancé Ryan Harris, 38.

HOAR on Sunday first revealed Max and Shona were growing close back in May after he was snapped leaving her home in the early hours of the morning.

A pal insisted at the time that the pair were “absolutely not in a relationship” but they were seen a week later holding hands at a kebab van.

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They also sat next to each other at the British Soap Awards in June, but refused to walk the red carpet together.

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, but a friend of Roisin’s revealed she felt “humiliated and disrespected” when she learned of her ex’s closeness to his fellow cast member.

Shona split from electrician fiancé Ryan Harris in January, claiming the separation was “very amicable”.

HOAR on Sunday has reached out to an EastEnders rep for comment.

Shona McGarty split from her boyfriend earlier this year

Max plays Ben Mitchell in the long-running BBC soap