Inside EastEnders' Jess Plummer and Hollywood star boyfriend Ben Hardy's romantic first holiday to Croatia

EASTENDERS star Jessica Plummer has shared behind-the-scenes snaps from her romantic first holiday with Hollywood beau Ben Hardy.

The soap star flew to Croatia with her actor boyfriend to enjoy a luxury break to celebrate her 29th birthday in style.


Jessica, 29, who played Chantelle Atkins in the BBC One soap until her character was killed off last year, was joined by her boyfriend Ben, 30.

The couple, who met off the set of Albert Square despite Ben playing Ian Beale’s son Peter, jetted to Croatia for the mini break this week.

Archangel actor Ben posted a picture of them visiting fancy restaurants and enjoying the expansive coastline view from their hotel window.

He also showed himself diving into the crystal clear waters off the back of a boat, while Jessica sat back and allowed the wind to flow through her hair.

The BBC One star smiled from ear to ear for the camera as she caught some rays, donning just a tiny blue two-piece swim set.

Another snap saw Ben donning a white linen shirt as he leaned back looking full, while a final photo saw him towelling off after his boat day out.

"Ok. Fine. I’m moving to Croatia," Ben jokingly captioned the post, as Jessica chimed in on her grid: "Thank you for the birthday love."

It comes shortly after the couple went public with their relationship, after they met on the set of their new BBC TV show. 

The former EastEnders actors play a couple in new drama The Girl Before – and were spotted together at singer Jade Bird’s London gig last month.

The pair had been liking each other’s Instagram pictures for weeks, with insiders revealing they have grown close after their on-screen chemistry turned into spending time off-screen since in June. 

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. 

However, he didn’t overlap with Jessica 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 split with ex girlfriend, actress Olivia Cooke, earlier this year when their romance "fizzled out" due to changes in lifestyle.

A friend told 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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