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Jacqueline Jossa has shared a sweet tribute to her former on-screen dad Jake Wood.

Jake bid farewell to EastEnders after 15 years playing the iconic role of Max Branning on Friday, 19 January.

The 48-year-old actor left Albert Square in an emotional farewell, after deciding not to take little granddaughter Abi with him and leaving her with Rainie and Stuart instead.

The soap’s iconic theme tune played out as a crying Max made his last appearance on the BBC soap.

Jacqueline Jossa has shared a sweet tribute to her former on-screen dad Jake Wood

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Jacqueline played Lauren Branning, Max’s eldest daughter, in EastEnders from 2010 to 2018.

As Jake exited the soap, 28 year old Jacqueline paid a sweet tribute to him as she shared a series of snaps of the two of them together on her Instagram.

She wrote: “To the only other guy I call dad. Thank you for everything. I learnt all I know from you and had the best time playing your daughter. Goodbye for now max..

“I cannot wait to see what is in store for you next, and hope one day we will work together again.”

She added: “You are a legend @mrjakewood.”

Jake was equally as full of praise for Jacqueline as he responded to her post with a lovely comment.

Jake Wood says goodbye to Max Branning after 15 years

Jake Wood has said goodbye to Max Branning after 15 years

He said: “Love ya Jac fake daughter. as your fake dad can I just say I’m so proud of the young woman you have become.”

EastEnders star Natalie Cassidy, who plays Sonia Jackson, said: “This is lovely Jac”, while Louisa Lytton commented with a love-heart emoji.

Jacqueline played Lauren Branning; Max’s daughter

Lacey Turner, who plays Max’s former lover Stacey Fowler, shared a screenshot of their final scene together to her Instagram stories and captioned it with a broken heart gif.

Shona McGarty, who plays Whitney Dean, wrote of Jake: “Absolutely fantastic actor @mrjakedwood can’t wait to see what you do next. X Absolute joy to work with. You’ll be truly missed.”

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