Ex-EastEnders star Jake Wood spotted picking up balloons for his daughter Amber's 16th birthday

EX-EASTENDERS star Jake Wood was spotted picking up massive balloons to celebrate his daughter Amber's 16th birthday.

The actor – who played Max Branning on the BBC soap from 2006 to 2021 – was seen shopping in Hertfordshire.

Amber will be celebrating the milestone age in lockdown amid the coronavirus.

But it looks like her dad has pulled out all the stops to make sure it's one to remember.

The 48-year-old carried two huge bags containing helium birthday balloons and party decorations.

The telly favourite was seen squeezing the celebratory inflated items into his car boot.

Jake wore a black face mask that struggled to contain his newly grown out beard. 

The actor dressed casually opting for a black logo t-shirt and a pair of jeans and kept a low-profile with a baseball cap.

The soap star shares Amber and Buster, 11, with wife Alison – who he married in 2011.

The father of two recently shared a rare snap of his beautiful daughter Amber wearing a grunge outfit.

He captioned the post: "Love you @amberbowood  ??❤️Posted @withregram • @amberbowood thanks dad for the photos."

She rocked a striped t-shirt and paired it with a black bodysuit over the top to add some layers to the look.

The teen also wore a red tartan mini skirt, a leather belt with a skull keyring attached to it, and an oversized hoodie to keep her warm in the woods.

Amber styled her fiery red hair into a middle parting and finished the look with some dramatic winged eyeliner.

Back in 2019, Jake revealed that the teen was interested in becoming a model and it looks like he's all for it.

Fans flocked to the comments section to praise her beauty, with many pointing out that she looks just like her dad.

One wrote: "She looks amazing ! One of the best families."

Jake's recent outing comes after EastEnders fans were left in tears after his alter-ego left Walford for good last month.

Back in September it was revealed that the star was leaving the show in an explosive storyline.

Just before the end of 2020, Jake bid farewell to the Square as he filmed his final scenes as Max Branning.

The businessman had no option to leave after he was turned on by ex Linda Carter, his brother Jack and even Phil Mitchell got the upper hand on his blackmail attempt.

But don't worry, Jake could be back on our TV screens in the near future as his character won't be killed off.

Jake previously said: "I have loved playing Max Branning who amongst other things in that time has had 4 marriages, 10 affairs, 4 children (2 dying from falling from the roof of The Queen Vic), been buried alive, watched unwanted DVDs at Xmas and perhaps most traumatising of all… shared a hot tub with Ian Beale.

"I have made some truly great friends whilst on the show and I’ll miss everyone there. I’m grateful they have left the door open for Max and I’m excited to see what new horizons are around the corner."

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