Who is Emmerdales Ben actor Simon Lennon including former romance with Sair Khan

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Soap fans have been introduced to a new face in the form of Ben played by Simon Lennon who recently joined the cast of Emmerdale.

The 26-year-old is lighting up screens in a plotline featuring Aaron Dingle played by Danny Miller.

Simon Lennon plays Ben, a kayak instructor who catches the eye of Aaron Dingle before it becomes clear he is hiding a big secret from his new love interest.

Here is everything you need to know about the newcomer to the Dales…

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Simon is best known for playing Brains in the BBC1 show Our Girl.

The actor took on the role for four series of the popular show starring Michelle Keegan.

TV fans could also recognise Simon from roles in Grantchester, Bridgerton and LGBTIQ+ short film The Act.

Simon has acted since childhood and performed with the National Youth Theatre as a youngster.

He is also an accomplished stage actor and has acted in various shows throughout his career.

Simon previously hit the headlines when he dated Coronation Street actress Sair Khan.

During this time, Sair appeared on I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here where Simon was pictured when she exited the show.

The couple met at Buckingham Palace during a special event to celebrate where they both trained in acting as children.

"We met at Buckingham Palace. We were both members of the National Youth Theatre and they have a big gala to celebrate their 60th anniversary," she said.

"A load of ex-members were invited to that evening at Buckingham Palace, so we met through a mutual friend that he's in Our Girl with. Sadly, the Queen wasn't there."

The couple dated for two years until 2019 when they cited work commitments as being behind the decision to part ways.

Sair was training for reality show, Sink or Swim, at the time of the split and managing a gruelling training schedule.

A source told The Sun : "Sair has found the challenge of learning to swim from scratch really tough.

“Training has been more difficult than she expected and it has really taken its toll on her emotionally and pushed her relationship to breaking point.”

Following their split, it is unknown whether Simon is currently dating.

Simon is a keen footballer and recently played to raise money for charity saying at the time that it was a “joy” to get back on the pitch.

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