Darren arrives and tells Susan and Karl that Libby constantly told him that he was not Ben's father. Ben then begged them to let him move in, as he needed to get away from Ballarat. Valentine told TV Week that Sutherland was "a complete natural" and that she had bonded with him "straight away".
Although Libby almost dies, Ben is born safely, but kept in the hospital for a few weeks. With Piper's encouragement, Ben lit a piece of paper on fire and held it under a sprinkler to set off the alarm system.
Ben tells Karl that he is struggling being back in Erinsborough where his father grew up, and wants to leave. Susan agrees to carry Libby and Dan's child and she becomes pregnant. Steph reassures him that Drew never wanted to leave. When Libby does fall pregnant, she decides to keep the baby, despite being told that she could be risking her own life. Ben begins to look up to Dan and sees him as a father figure. Ben continues to have a good relationship with Lucas Fitzgerald Scott Major. And Lou Carpenter — who is godfather — also wants them to decide once and for all.
Both Ben and Piper felt guilty about their actions, and Ben struggled as he watched Susan trying to deal with the aftermath. Dan becomes a good stepfather to Ben and he does all the fatherly things with him.
Once Ben had finally adjusted to living in Erinsborough, Karl wanted to bond with his grandson and was pleased when Ben ed him in playing the guitar. It soon emerged that Ben had accidentally started the fire. Libby also finds out she is pregnant and Ben is excited to have a younger brother or sister around.
Ben is hurt it emerges Steph is carrying Dan's baby and Libby tried to keep it from him. Ben was "secretly appalled" by the idea, especially after Karl revealed they would be playing a gig at a local nursing home.
Libby and Drew feel like everyone is ganging up on them! Ben eventually tells Libby the truth and he also decides to change his surname back to Kirk. Jayden blackmails Bailey into lying about what happened and Ben tells Libby that he started the fight. One of Ben's early storylines upon his return was dealing with the consequences of sending naked pictures to his ex-girlfriend, Emma. Libby and Dan marry and Ben is a boy at their wedding. This hurts Ben and he asks Libby and Steph why no one wants him.
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Karl and Susan encouraged him to tell them what had happened, and Ben explained that he had broken up with his girlfriend. Ben departed Neighbours on 2 September He made his screen return on 11 June The character returned again from 23 July until 16 November before making a permanent return on 31 Marchmoving in with his grandparents.
Ben is saved by Summer Hoyland Marissa Siketa who opens the back door. Ben skips school to hang out with Tyler. On 11 Marchit was announced that the character would be Felix mallard naked to Neighbours with Felix Mallard in the role. Libby and Drew struggle to name their new son and after a debate, they decide on Ben. Valentine commented, "Libby's parents, Karl and Susan, are beside themselves, because they think you can't baptise a baby with just a Christian name.
Libby initially stops Ben from attending Callum's birthday party, but she eventually relents. She is eventually found by her father, Karl, and husband, Drew Kirk, and airlifted to hospital.
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After his birth, Ben almost dies when he is locked in Libby and Drew's house while it is being fumigated. Libby suspends Ben, so Susan gets him a part-time job at the local garden nursery. He ends up leaving the Street alone. Ben bonds with Tyler Brennan and reveals that his ex-girlfriend posted his naked photos online, leading to his move to Erinsborough to get away from the negative attention. Libby meets with his teacher and she learns that Ben has been writing many stories.
Libby allows Ben to change his name to Fitzgerald, but this causes friction between Libby and Stephanie Scully. However, she miscarries the baby and Libby has to tell Ben that he would not be a big brother.
Following a brief appearance inthe character and his mother returned permanently in Blake O'Leary originally auditioned for the role of Mickey Gannonbut his elder brother Fletcher O'Leary was handed the role instead.
Libby and Ben then leave for Oakey, so Ben can learn more about Drew's roots.
Almost four years later, Ben returns to Erinsborough with his mother when she accepts the role of acting deputy principal at Erinsborough High for three weeks. Ben believes his teacher does not like him. Ben tells Steph that he will leave his name the way it is, but Steph realises that it is none of her business and Ben changes his name.
Libby and Dan decide to separate, leaving Ben without a father figure again. They are now in high school, but Ben is still in junior school, so it was tricky to come up with storylines which involve all the kids". Ben becomes friends with Sophie Ramsay Kaiya Jones too and they the soccer team, which is being coached by Andrew Robinson Jordan Smithuntil he is banned from training them. Ben later gets into a fight with Jayden, earning himself a Felix mallard naked from Libby.
Tyler supported Ben, who became "isolated" from everyone at Erinsborough High. In latethe local high school was damaged by a fire. Mallard left the show in latewith his on-screen departure airing on 10 April The character made two guest appearances on 31 December and 7 January The birth placed Libby's life in danger and she was rushed to intensive care with blood loss.
Ben and Dan's relationship goes through a rough patch when Dan threatens to hit Ben for misbehaving. Libby and Ben return without Darren three years later and Libby explains that Darren cheated on her. Libby meets Daniel Fitzgerald Brett Tucker and they start a relationship. While out riding, Drew falls from his horse and he dies, leaving Ben fatherless.
On 26 FebruaryDaniel Kilkelly of Digital Spy confirmed Mallard had finished filming with the show in late He is also unsure about what he wants for his future, unlike his girlfriend Xanthe Canning Lily Van der Meer. Darren and Libby's split hurt Ben as Darren had been the only father he had known.
While attending a rodeo in Oakey, Libby becomes locked in a barn and she goes into labour. He later collapses. Libby takes over, which embarrasses Ben, as she does not know anything about soccer.
As he realises that he is going to end up with a criminal record and a possible custodial sentence, Ben decides to run away with Piper. Libby, Drew and Ben go to visit Drew's father up in Oakey. Ben isolates himself at school and refuses to take part in a social media asment set by Brad Willis. However, Libby loses the baby, which makes Ben sad.
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He made his first screen appearance during the episode broadcast on 14 December The family returned inwith Libby and Ben remaining permanently. Ben starts to feel out of place in his family as he was the only one with a different surname. He refuses to open up to Karl and Susan when they notice his social media profile has been deleted.
Susan grew concerned after Ben deleted his social media and skipped school, after receiving a text message from an old friend in Ballarat. He asks if he can stay with them, as Libby is going to China for work. Ben decides that he wants to be a dancer, after he gets a lesson from Sophie's sister, Kate Ashleigh Brewer.
After bonding, Dougal offers Ben a job at his garage and Ben decides to move to Oakey. Lucas helps Ben out with school, takes him on his motorbike and helps coach the soccer team. Libby gets Ben tested as she thinks he is bright and when he passes the test, he is accepted into an arts school in the country. Valentine said "It's a wonderful moment when Libby holds her new-born baby".
Ben complains that his teacher will not let him give a speech to the class as she believes that he did not complete an asment. After Libby was injured during a bike accident, she was told that she would not be able to carry to full-term. The following year, Ben turns up unannounced at Karl and Susan's house.