EastEnders' Jessica Plummer and Ben Hardy confirm romance as they're pictured kissing on date night in London

EX-EASTENDERS stars Jessica Plummer and Ben Hardy confirmed their relationship last night with a passionate kiss.

The Sun first revealed the pair had grown close in the summer after hitting it off filming their BBC drama The Girl Before.

Earlier this week the loved-up stars were pictured in a steamy clinch beside a taxi near London's Soho House.

Jessica wore a full-length quilted coat, while Ben looked smart in a black suit as they gazed into each other's eyes.

Two days later they attended the screening for their new series which is released on December 19.

The former soap stars play a couple in the psychological drama – which focuses on two women, Jane and Emma [Jessica], whose stories intertwine as the mysterious truth behind a stunning home built by an enigmatic architect is revealed.

In the summer Ben and Jessica were spotted together in the summer at singer Jade Bird’s London gig.

Jessica – who played tragic Chantelle Atkins in the soap – and Ben – who played Ian Beale’s son Peter – dropped hints of romance by liking each other’s Instagram pictures. 

Since quitting EastEnders in 2015, Ben has gone on to crack Hollywood, with roles in X Men: Apocalypse, Bohemian Rhapsody and Netflix movie 6 Underground with Ryan Reynolds. 

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However, he didn’t overlap with Jessica, 28, on the soap as she only joined for a year as Chantelle before being killed off by her evil serial killer husband Gray in 2020.

She appeared on last year’s I’m A Celebrity, coming 7th and shares a daughter Noa, 6, with her ex boyfriend. 

Ben, 30, split with ex girlfriend, actress Olivia Cooke, earlier this year, with friends telling The Sun: “Olivia and Ben were smitten to begin with but the intensity soon fizzled out. They’re at pivotal points in their acting careers and just couldn’t make it work.”

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