EastEnders legend returns to work after issuing sad health announcement
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  • Jake Wood is set to return to work after sharing a "sad" health announcement with fans.

    The former Eastenders actor, who played Max Branning in the BBC One soap, is set to perform alongside co-star Cheryl in 2:22: A Ghost Story for the final time over the weekend.

    The official Twitter page for West End theatre production announced Jake and Cheryl are taking part in their last performance on Sunday (April 22).

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    The message read: "It's happening again…one last time! Break a leg @CherylOfficial @mrjakedwood Scott Karim, Louise Ford and the rest of our current company as they have their final performances at the Lyric Theatre today.

    In the picture, Jake stood on stage alongside his co-stars as the audience clapped for the cast members.

    It comes after the soap legend was left "gutted" after being forced to pull out of the London Marathon.

    He issued a health update with fans just hours before he was due to take on the challenge in memory of the late Barbara Windsor.

    Jake was due to run the marathon on Sunday to raise funds for dementia charities following the death of the Peggy Mitchell actress.

    In a video shared on his Instagram page on Friday (April 21), Jake told fans: " "Unfortunately, I'll be unable to run the London Marathon [on] Sunday due to medical advice.

    "I've got a very bad chest infection, I've had it for the last couple of weeks. I've been told in no uncertain terms to not run."

    He added: "I'm gutted to not be running it with all my fellow Babs' Army, raising money for Alzheimer's Research UK.

    "I'll be really sad to not be with them on the day."

    Jake has since been supported by his former Eastenders co-stars and Barbara's widow Scott Mitchell.

    Scott penned: "Jake you have been a warrior all through training! We are so sorry to lose you from the team!! Your health comes first but just fitted for you! Thanks for all you have done this far! Love you mate!"

    Ian Beale actor Adam Woodyatt added: "Gutted for you Bud. Tough decision but the right one."

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    Jo Joyner, who played Max Branning's wife Tanya Branning, said: "Gutted for you hun, I know how hard you’ve all worked for it. But best you get well again xx."

    Jake was due to run alongside her widower Scott and other EastEnders stars including Lacey Turner, Natalie Cassidy and Adam.

    Babs' Army have been posting their training runs together on Instagram in the lead-up to the marathon.

    EastEnders airs Monday to Thursday on BBC One at 7.30pm

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