EastEnders’ Ben Hardy turns up on the Oscars red carpet

  EastEnders star Ben Hardy is rubbing shoulders with Hollywood’s elite tonight after making a surprise appearance on the  Oscars 2019 red carpet.

The actor – who played Peter Beale in the BBC One soap – turned up at the glitzy event in Los Angeles.

Ben, 28, got an invitation to the event as he has a role in Oscar-nominated movie Bohemian Rhapsody.

He plays Roger Taylor opposite Remi Malik as Freddy Mercury.

However, many celebrity watchers were left baffled to see a former soap star at the bash tonight.

One tweeted: "Still trying to wrap my head around Peter Beale being at the actual Oscars."

Another added: "Peter Beale at the Oscars? A step up from the Soap Awards, innit?!"

A third wrote: "Amazing how peter beale is at the oscars."

Ben left EastEnders in 2015 after two years playing Peter Beale.

In the storyline, Peter moved to New Zealand but in reality Ben moved to Los Angeles to chase his dreams in Hollywood.

He landed his breakout role in X-Men: Apocalypse before going on to act in Only The Brave and Mary Shelley.

Bohemian Rhapsody is his latest project and it looks set for huge success tonight.

This year The Favourite, a fictional drama based on Queen Anne, and Roma, Netflix ’s drama about a housekeeper in Mexico, lead the nominations , having 10 each. Roma is currently the bookies’ favourite to take Best Picture – see the latest odds on winners here.

A Star is Born, starring Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper and Vice are also big hopefuls, with eight nods each.

There is no host this year after Kevin Hart stepped down amid a racism row . The show will be guided by famous presenters instead.

Nominees at this year’s Oscars are going to get a goodie bag worth £77,000 – with treats including a luxury holiday and cannabis beauty products.

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