EastEnders star Jake Wood (Max) has said that he thinks his onscreen on-off love interest Jo Joyner (Tanya) will not return to the BBC soap for "a few years at least".

Speaking to Inside Soap, Wood said: "Personally, I'd love for Jo Joyner to come back as I always enjoyed Max and Tanya's relationship. But she's doing so well with other stuff."

Wood continued: "I joked that if she returned before three years were up, I'd leave! She needed a proper break, time to be a mum and pursue other things. But I look forward to the day that she and Tanya come back."