Ben Hardy and Olivia Cooke split

BANG! NEWS – Ben Hardy and Olivia Cooke – who met when they co-starred in Pixie and were first reported to be dating in February – have split up.

A source told The Sun on Sunday newspaper: “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.”

Bohemian Rhapsody actor Ben and Vanity Fair star Olivia met on the set of the film Pixie, which tells the story of a young woman planning to avenge her
mother’s death.

The couple was first spotted out together, enjoying a romantic stroll in London, in February.

Meanwhile, Ben found fame as Peter Beale in BBC soap EastEnders but has admitted that leaving the popular show in 2015 to pursue his dreams in Hollywood left him feeling anxious.

Ben – who also appeared in 2016’s X-Men: Apocalypse – explained: “Sure, it’s a great role and there’s a lot of security being at EastEnders.

“It was a scary thing to do, but I suppose it was a leap I have to take, because I would have been wondering what else I could
have done.”

However, Ben has said he’d be open to reprising the role of Peter – who is currently said to be in New Zealand – in EastEnders.

He shared: “I would be down for that but it’s difficult as it’s trying to get away from that perception of me as Peter Beale.

“But you know if that didn’t matter, I’d go back for an episode or a day, because I’m attached to that storyline.”