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Jake Wood has taken to Twitter with a loving message for his wife. The EastEnders actor shared a snapshot of the couple together on Wednesday, writing: "Happy birthday beautiful @alisonrwood46. I couldn't imagine a life without you [love hearts]."
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The Carters on EastEnders are one of the central families that storylines are based around as they have owned and lived in the pub Queen Vic until Sharon Watts recently took over.Mick Carter played by Danny Dyer; his wife Linda Carter played by Kellie Bright; his mother Shirley Carter who is portrayed by Linda Henry; and her sister Tina Carter played by Luisa Bradshaw White, are the main characters.
Jake, 48, and Alison have been married since 2001, and share two children together – Buster, 12, and 15-year-old Amber.
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Last year, Max proudly shared a rare snapshot of his daughter, revealing she is hoping to forge a career in modelling. The dad-of-two posted a gorgeous headshot of the teenager, and wrote in the caption: "My daughter Amber Bo wants to model. Thank goodness she takes after her mum." © Provided by Hello! jake-wood-wife-birthday
Jake shared a sweet message for wife Alison on her birthday
Jake's touching tribute to Alison came just 24 hours before he confirmed he is leaving EastEnders after 15 years playing Max Branning. The actor, who has played Max since 2006, will leave the BBC soap in a dramatic new storyline.
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A love triangle is on the horizon.EastEnders star Louisa Lytton has hinted at a "confrontation" between best friends Ruby Allen and Stacey Fowler on the soap.
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Speaking about his departure, Jake confirmed: "I've had 15 wonderful years at EastEnders and have made some truly great friends. © Provided by Hello! jake-wood-family
The couple are proud parents to two children
"I'll of course miss everyone there but I'm grateful they have left the door open for Max and I'm excited to see what the next chapter holds."
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EastEnders' executive producer Jon Sen added: "Jake is a truly wonderful actor and EastEnders have been extremely lucky to have him for so long. © Provided by Hello! max-branning-eastenders
Jake has starred as Max Branning for 15 years
"We have a big storyline for Max that starts in the coming weeks and we are all very excited to see that play out."
There is already speculation that Jake could be swapping Walford for Wales for the new series of I'm A Celebrity, which is taking part at Gwrych Castle in Conway County Borough this year.
EastEnders bosses hint at Ian Beale's comeuppance
"Ian is creating lots of enemies."EastEnders spoilers for the week of Monday, September 7 follow.
The TV star certainly has reality show experience. He previously appeared on Strictly Come Dancing in 2014, dancing all the way to the semi-final with partner Janette Manrara.
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Gallery: Meet the future generation of Strictly Come Dancing! The pros and their adorable kids (Hello!)
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Over the years, Strictly Come Dancing has seen the likes of Rachel Riley and Pasha Kovalev, as well as Gorka Marquez and Gemma Atkinson, fall in love during their time on the popular show. And while there have been other couples, these lovebirds have gone on to create beautiful families! Here at HELLO!, we have decided to take a look at all the other Strictly professionals - current and old - who have heard the pitter-patter of tiny feet! Keep reading to meet the next generation of Strictly… GALLERY: 7 heartwarming photos of celebrity dads kissing their children James and Ola Jordan These former Strictly stars welcomed their baby daughter Ella via Caesarean section at 9.20am on 27 February. Sharing their happy news with HELLO!, new mum Ola gushed: "As soon as they put her on my chest, she stopped crying and opened her eyes and looked at me. Our bond was there from the first second." The professional dancers, who have been married since 2003, have had a difficult three-year journey to become parents, which saw them turn to IVF. Opening up about the exact moment they first laid eyes on Ella, James recalled: "It's horrible to watch someone you love go through surgery and you feel so helpless. Every time a machine made a noise I was asking what was going on. EXCLUSIVE: James and Ola Jordan reveal the shocking reality of parenthood - and we totally relate "I couldn't relax. I'm a control freak so it's hard not to be able to do anything to help. Then came the Lion King moment when they held her up above the screen for us to see her. We burst into tears." He added: "I could stare at her all day. I didn't want to let her go."
Natalie Lowe Former Strictly professional Natalie and her husband James Knibbs welcomed their first child together in December. A month later, the proud parents exclusively introduced their son Jack to the world in HELLO!. Opening up about staying healthy throughout motherhood, Natalie shared: "My time now is to be a healthy mum and a great parent to Jack. Creating a human being for nine months is an incredible thing. You have to be kind to yourself, and not expect your body to go, snap, straight back to what it was before. I have put my body through so much over the years." James added: "I didn't believe I could ever think Natalie was any more amazing, but seeing her with Jack and how she is as a mum adds a whole new depth of love." MORE: Natalie Lowe's rare photo of baby son is too cute for words
Artem Chigvintsev Former Strictly professional Artem Chigvintsev and his fiancée Nikki Bella became first-time parents to a little boy called Matteo back in July. "7/31/2020 please welcome our precious baby boy Chigvintsev, proud of my love @thenikkibella," the proud dad wrote at the time alongside the first photo, which showed his and Nikki's hands holding their tot's tiny fingers. Click through the gallery for more pictures...
Rachel Riley Pasha Kovalev baby daughter
Rachel Riley and Pasha Kovalev Former Strictly pro Pasha Kovalev and his wife Rachel Riley announced the birth of their daughter Maven Aria Riley Kovaleva on 18 December. Their baby girl had a dramatic entrance into the world two weeks after her due date as Rachel's labour was so quick she didn't make it to hospital and gave birth at their home. "Couldn't be more in love," Rachel wrote as she shared photos of their newborn on Twitter. GALLERY: Incredible photos showing UK landmarks before and after lockdown
Anton Du Beke children
Anton du Beke Anton du Beke became a father in 2017 after welcoming twins with his then-girlfriend, Hannah Summers, who he later married in secret shortly after the birth. The couple had tried for a baby for a while before resorting to IVF treatment. And after three months, they conceived twins named George and Henrietta. In May 2019, Anton joined This Morning for a new presenting role in a four-part cooking segment called Anton du Bake's Baking Fails. In the first episode, Anton created a tasty looking Victoria sponge cake at his family home, and viewers were not only delighted to watch his baking efforts, but they also got to see his two-year-old twins for the first time. RELATED: Take a look inside the Strictly Come Dancing professional dancers' houses
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When George and Henrietta arrived into the world, Anton announced the news on Instagram with a picture of two dance shoes, one with a pink bow and one with a blue bow alongside a picture of a top hat and dancing cane. The picture was captioned by Anton as: "Oh my! The little dancing feet have arrived. Mum and twins are perfect, and dad is ridiculously excited!"
Kristina Rihanoff and Ben Cohen Ben Cohen and Kristina were partnered together for the eleventh series of Strictly Come Dancing, waltzing their way to the ninth week in 2013. Months after the show ended it was announced that married Ben Cohen had confirmed a relationship with Kristina despite having twin girls with his then wife, Abby Blayney. In 2016, Kristina and Ben announced the birth of their daughter, Milena Rihanoff-Cohen shortly after Ben and Abby had finalised their divorce. Talking exclusively to HELLO! about the birth, Kristina explained: "I can't even begin to describe the pain, but it’s an insanely proud moment when you see your baby for the first time. It’s such an incredible feeling of love." READ MORE: The best Strictly Come Dancing hair transformations
Brendan Cole's kids
Brendan Cole Brendan Cole and his wife Zoe Hobbs had the best Christmas present of all in 2012 when Zoe gave birth to their daughter, Aurelia, on Christmas Day. Six years later, in March 2018, the couple announced that they had introduced their son, Dante, into the world. In November 2018, during an appearance on Loose Women, Brendan explained that he had been having difficulties bonding with Dante, despite never having an issue forming a close relationship with Aurelia. He stated: "I can barely even speak about it. With mothers, there's post-natal depression and there's quite a big percentage of people who experience it. With fathers it's not really talked about. I just thought to myself 'why am I not bonding?'" Brendan went on to explain that after six weeks things changed and his relationship with his son began to thrive.
aliona with baby daughter
Aliona Vilani HELLO! exclusively broke the news in 2018 that Aliona Vilani and husband Vincent Kavanagh were now parents to daughter Bella, born in June. The Russian-Kazakh professional dancer, best known for winning series nine with Harry Judd, explained the couple were "genuinely so blessed and happy" with their new bundle of joy. RELATED: Gemma Atkinson and Gorka Marquez seen for first time since pregnancy news
nadiya bychkova kissing child at christmas
Nadiya Bychkova Nadiya Bychkova was one of three new starters who joined the Strictly professionals in 2017. In 2018 she was partnered with Lee Ryan but the pair were sadly evicted from the competition in the second week. When away from the TV dancefloor, the World Champion spends quality time with her two-year-old daughter with fiancé Matija Skarabot, a famous Slovenian.
gleb holding baby
Gleb Savchenko Gleb Savchenko became a professional dancer for the thirteenth series of Strictly Come Dancing, dancing his way to fifth place with partner Anita Rani. However, Gleb chose not to return for the fourteenth series, deciding he wanted to spend more time with his wife and daughter, Olivia. In 2017, Gleb and wife, Elena Samodanova announced they were expecting their second child, Zalara, who was born in the August.
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Erin Boag Erin, who began dancing at the age of three, made the tough decision to leave the hit BBC show, after ten years as she decided to start a family. Shortly after leaving, Erin and business consultant, Peter, welcomed baby Ewan into their family in 2014. Erin and Peter spoke exclusively to HELLO! after the birth and explained that Ewan was born on Peter's 50th birthday: "When Ewan was born, they wrapped him up, handed him to Peter and I said, 'Happy Birthday.' It was a moment I'll treasure forever." Erin also revealed that dancing partner and long-term friend, Anton du Beke, even became Ewan's godfather!
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Vincent Simone Vincent, who appeared in Strictly Come Dancing from 2006 until 2012 became a father to two sons, Luca, born in 2009 and Matteo in 2013 with then girlfriend, Susan Duddy. The couple wedded shortly after the births in 2015 at Castle Leslie in County Monaghan in Ireland. Vincent and Susan exclusively explained to HELLO! that they had moved away from London and to the countryside in Northern Ireland, closer to Susan's family and away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Susan stated that their choice to leave the city was due to suffering from anxiety, finding herself in: "not an ideal situation when you have a husband who is on the road touring. My parents are here in Northern Ireland, as are my brothers and sister, and I needed that network around me."
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