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Jake Wood sends birthday wishes to onscreen wife with amusing throwback snap

EastEnders star Jake Wood has shared a strange snap with onscreen wife Jo Joyner as he wished her a happy birthday.

Jake and Jo played Max and Tanya Branning on the soap from 2006 before a dramatic falling out storyline.

But thankfully, as Jake’s message shows, the pair remained pally offset.

Jake, 48, took to social media on Monday to share a throwback of him and 44-year-old Jo dressed up in an Egyptian get up.

Jake seemingly was a guard while Jo portrayed Egyptian ruler Cleopatra, including her long black hair.

As she gazes at Jake in his full armoured battle gear, including gold armour and a fur-trimmed helmet, the actor stares at the camera with a not-so-tough glance.

Jake shared the snap of the pair in Egyptian outfits

He captioned the amusing post: “Happy birthday @dollyjj. Love ya. Have a great day xxx”

And instead of being embarrassed by the throwback, Jo seemed to see the funny side. She commented back: “ahh, loved doing that play with you.”

The photo was also a big hit with onlooking fans, with one going as far as calling the pair the “dream team”.

Jake and Jo played Max and Tanya on EastEnders
Jake and Jo played Max and Tanya on EastEnders

Another put: “I’m obsessed with this photo!!”

And a third added: “You two are amazing! happy birthday @dollyjj! have best day !”

It appears as though Jake isn’t one for cutting ties after leaving EastEnders after 15 years earlier this year.

Last week he shared a snap with former co-star Tamzin Outhwaite who played Mel on the soap and he joked “there’s life outside the Square”.

Tamzin Outhwaite Jake Wood
Jake and Tamzin caught up away from the EastEnders set

His appearance shocked fans as he sported a huge bushy beard and he wrote: “Great bumping into my previous work mucker this week. So it turns out there is life outside the Square.”

Tamzin followed up his message by saying: “Definitely lots of life outside of and beyond the Square!! So good to catch up xx”

The pair had a brief onscreen fling as scheming Mel and womaniser Max kissed as part of Mel’s long-term plan to discredit his brother Jack.

EastEnders airs Mondays and Fridays at 8pm, and Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7:30pm on BBC One.

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