'Eastenders' character to come out of the closet in forthcoming storyline to their family's horror!

Returning character Ben Mitchell will reveal that he is gay as part of a forthcoming storyline to the horror of his father, toughman Phil Mitchell (Steve Mc Fadden). Ben, played by Joshua Pascoe who is set to return to Walford later this year will be terrified of his father's reaction.

According to the Daily Mirror, Ben reveals that he is gay after sharing a kiss with a new teenage character called Duncan. A show source told the paper that Ben's revelation would come as another disappointment to Phil saying: ''Since the day Ben returned to Walford, he's been a bit of a disappointment for Phil''.

''With his love of dancing and musicals, Ben was not cast from the same 'tough guy' mould as his father. It's ironic that Phil's efforts to turn his son into a mini version of himself backfire spectacularly when he encourages Ben to go boxing with Duncan.''

"But no-one could anticipate the chain of events this will spark around Walford as Ben tries to keep his sexuality secret from his father,'' the source added. Ben and Duncan are reportedly spotted by local Walford shopkeeper Patrick Trueman (Rudolph Walker) but, terrified of his father's reaction if he finds out, Ben decides to threaten Patrick.

The source said: ''Poor Ben is terrified of Phil's reaction but the truth will out, sooner or later." The scenes will air later this year.