EastEnders fans left crying as Max Branning leaves Walford alone and in tears

EastEnders fans were left reaching for their tissues as Max Branning said goodbye to Walford in emotional scenes on Friday evening.

Played by Jake Wood, Max was kicked out of the East End after his affair with Linda Carter (Kellie Bright) left him with few friends to turn to.

In emotional final scenes, he left little Abbie behind, looking back as the Diana theme played over the closing credits of the soap.

Watching from home, viewers were left sobbing as they said goodbye to Max, heartbroken to witness his lonely exit from Albert Square.

One said: "Oh god they played the music. Crying. Every single time."

"I think the last time I cried this much at #EastEnders was Denny’s death," wrote a second.

And a third chimed: "@mrjakedwood had me in tears tonight! You and little Abbie. Your mug will be missed! Even if he was abit cheeky! Max had his moments! #Eastenders."

Jake, 48, has played Max since 2006, quickly becoming a favourite with viewers through his character’s many marriages and affairs over the years.

The soap star confirmed he was leaving EastEnders in September of last year, pleased BBC bosses had decided against killing off his character.

Having spent the guts of two decades as part of the cast of the beloved BBC soap, Jake decided the time had come to explore "new opportunities" in his career.

In a statement shared via social media, he wrote: "I am a person that always looks forwards, that always asks myself what there is to achieve next.

"With only 3 weeks left of filming EastEnders these thoughts are very much at the forefront of my mind.

"I'm excited for the new challenges and new opportunities ahead and for sharing this next chapter with you guys."

EastEnders airs on Mondays and Fridays at 8pm, and on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7.30pm.

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