Max Flees Walford

Tanya and Max played by Jo Joyner and Jake Wood

EastEnders love rat Max Branning is set to make a quick exit from Albert Square early next year when his steamy affair with daughter-in-law Stacey is finally exposed.

The cheating husband will go on the run as his angry wife Tanya schemes up the best way to avenge his adulterous ways.

Max's exit from the show is timed to coincide with actor Jake Wood's scheduled paternity leave, as his wife Alison is expecting their second child.

Jake told The Daily Star: "Alison is due next month so I will be away for about a month of paternity leave.

"It comes at a good time because Max is getting grief over his affair so he will disappear for a while."