EastEnders star Jake Wood shares snap of rarely-seen son as he wishes him happy birthday

EastEnders star Jake Wood shares snap of rarely-seen son as he wishes him happy birthday,

EASTENDERS star Jake Woods surprised fans as she shared a rarely-seen photo of his son Buster on his 15th birthday.

The actor – who played Max Branning on the BBC One soap – shared a sweet tribute post for his son.

Jake Wood shared a sweet birthday post for his lookalike son Buster

The actor praised the teen for bringing joy to his life

Jake, 50, said he is proud of the man his son is becoming and praised him for bringing joy to his life.

He shared a photo of Buster pointing towards a special personalised cereal box, with the words “happy birthday” on the front.

He captioned it: “Wishing a very happy 15th birthday to our beautiful boy.

“We are so proud of you Bussy, of the lovely young man you are becoming.

“Thank you for bringing your bright light and much laughter into our lives every day.”

Fans were stunned at the striking similarities between Jake and Buster and raced to comment.

One wrote: “He is your double,” while another echoed: “Image of your lovely dad.”

A third agreed and said: “Spit of your Dad!!”

Jake also shares daughter Amber, 17, with wife Alison Murray.

Alison and Jake wed in 2001 and renewed their vows in 2018.

His touching birthday post comes after Jake reprised his role in West End show 2.22 Ghost Story earlier this month.

It had been revealed that actor Hugo Chegwin, who starred opposite Cheryl, had withdrawn due to illness during the rehearsal period – and was replaced by EastEnders legend Jake.

Jake was one of the original cast members of 2:22 A Ghost Story when it opened in summer 2021 at the Noel Coward Theatre, along with Lily Allen, Julia Chan and Hadley Fraser.

He will perform from 26 January until the end of the run, and previews up until that performance will be covered by understudy Ben Cutler.

Speaking about his return, Jake said: “It was an honour to originate the role of Ben at the Noel Coward, winning the What’s On Stage best supporting performer in a male identifying role in a play Award for 2021, and I am so excited to be rejoining the cast until the end of April.

“Danny Robins’ script is funny, touching, and so entertaining and easily the best play I have ever read. If you’ve seen the show before, come back and see it again and I promise that you will enjoy it just as much as I know I will the second time around.”

Jake is best known for playing Max Branning on the BBC One soap