EastEnders Star Expecting Twins


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Big news on the EastEnders front. Jo Joyner, who plays Max’s long-suffering wife Tanya Branning, has announced a double delight: she’s pregnant with twins. In EastEnders, she’s a mother of three – but in reality, the 31-year-old is a first-time parent.
 
Due to give birth towards the end of the year, the star and husband Neil Madden, also an actor, are "absolutely delighted" at the prospect of becoming parents. The couple have been married for two years and live in London.

Of course, this presents the EastEnders writers with a bit of a dilemma: they have to re-work any existing storytlines to accomodate Tanya’s departure. That won’t be easy as the actress has become one of EastEnders’ most popular characters. An insider told The Sun: "Everyone is thrilled for Jo. Because it’s twins, she’s already got a bit of a bump so viewers can expect lots of big bags and cushions in her scenes over the coming months."

Jo Joyner, born in Essex but bred in Oxfordshire, joined EastEnders back in 2006. Eagle-eyed viewers may remember her from medical drama No Angels, in which she played sexy nurse Beth Nicholls. She also appeared in Doctor Who, Silent Witness and Fat Friends before landing her current role in EastEnders. Question is, how will she be written out? Whatever scenario the writers come up with has to be enough to keep her out of the show for nearly a year.

 
My bet is that she’ll get back with Max, he’ll do the dirty on her again and she’ll hop in that good ol’ taxi out of Albert Square. Leave your best wishes for Jo, and any theories as to how she’ll be written out of Enders, by selecting ‘add a comment’.
 

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44 Responses to EastEnders Star Expecting Twins

  1. gloria says:

    Well well congrats to Joe @ her husband and i hope all goes well for them both. I have twin granddaughters and although they are a handfull for their parents they are wonderful. From, poppy xx

  2. Vanessa says:

    congratulations to you both and hope all goes well with the pregnancy i dont have twins but i have 2 boys and 1 girl and my youngest is 18mths old and he certainly keeps me on y toes good luck from vanessaxxxxx

  3. Lauren says:

    congratulation to yous its really brill news i really love watchin jo play tanya in eastenders,i think that tanya should do the dirty on max for a change.but what ever happends i will be watching.good luck ,i have 3 girls and 1 boy and im 29 yrs old.

  4. lesley says:

    congrats Jo lovely news about you having twins. I reckon Sean should come back rather quickly and get back with Tanya and then she can get pregnant and go off with him lots of love take care Lesley xxx

  5. Unknown says:

    WOW!!!!!!!!!!!! Congratulations Jo (tanya) on expecting twins. i really like watching eastenders because of jo because she always brightens it up. congratulations again and best wishes for the upcoming future LOL. Charmayne xxxx

  6. Daniel says:

    Hey hey, congratulations im an identical twin myself :).i think shell go by sean coming back and asking her to go with him.Dan x

  7. Ruth says:

    Wow!!!!!!!!!!!!! Congratulations to Jo Joyner (Tanya Branning in Eastenders )and her husband. I hope the twins whatever sex they are are healthy throughout the pregnancy. I think she\’ll get back with Max and HOPEFULLY they\’ll leave with the kids to get away from Stacy Slater who\’s a physo nutter

  8. Katie says:

    hey congratulations, i think that sean wiil come back cos his mother has got in touch cos of staceys health and confindes in tanya, they have a fling and she finds out shes pregnant, she then takes the kids to that villa in france (the 1 she and jack planed) she leaves max in walford, just as he thinks everything is going good then has an abortion out in france (then comes back after she has the baby in real life)

  9. Kayleigh says:

    Congrats to Jo Joyner! She is a bril actress!!! No Angels + Eastenders rules!!! xx

  10. Jane says:

    Congratulations Jo. You are a brilliant actor and i think that because she likes Sean she should run off with him and live the kids with someone she trusts. x

  11. michele says:

    cogratulations jo..iv got twns and they are a poprt handfull,i wouldnt be without so good look,not that u will need it xxxx

  12. jill says:

    congratulations to jo and her husband i think its wonderfull news x will miss the time you wont be in eastenders but enjoy the babes thts the best time you will ever have x x

  13. caitlin says:

    congrats on your pregnancy jo its wonderful news you will be missed on eastenders but at the end of the day your family life comes first enjoy the time you have with them because tey will grow up faster than you think!

  14. hot says:

    i think this time tanya should do the dirrty on max and end up getting pregnant

  15. Kellyann says:

    i think yhu shud bring sean back in tthe picture and then hav him n tanya get together .. she finds out she\’s pregnant and she does a runner not knowing who it is ? sean\’s or Max\’s and also add a twist like she also slept with minty or something for a laugh x n good luck with the twins you will be missed in enders while your away with your babies all the best x

  16. karen says:

    Many congrats to Jo & Neil on their fantastic news! As mum to 13yr old twins I know that the coming months & years will be VERY busy and they should both enjoy as much time as possible with their babies once they are born cos they grow up SO quickly!! Lots of work in front of them but lots of laughs and good times too! I wouldn\’t change my girls for the world. All the best for the future. Lots of love & luck to you both xx

  17. NA says:

    Many Many Congratulations To Jo & Neil On Their Becoming First Time Parents Having A Twins!!! Im Profoundly Deaf and Im Engaged to Deaf Man & I Have 4 Children Already.. I Love My Children Very Much & Also Wouldnt Change My 4 Children For The World!!! You Both Gonna Be A Fastantic Parents… I Bet Its Gonna Be Hard Work… Enjoyin Being Pregnant With Twins… Good Luck & Lots Of Love Sam, Steve, James, Katie, Emma & Baby Cameron Smith xXxXx

  18. Deborah says:

    congratulations to jo and her husband wonderful news!!!!

  19. Dave says:

    Fabulous news Jo & Neil, congratulations to you both… I hope all goes well for you during your pregnancy… If they are boys, don\’t call them Max or Jack, and if they are girls, don\’t call them Stacey or Roxy ha ha just joking… All the very best to you both.As for Enders, It\’s going to be a cliffhanger whatever way your written out. I think Tanya and Max get back together, Stacey comes along to spoil things again, Tanya ends back up in Jack\’s arms, Tanya finds out she is pregnant, but who is the father of the baby, Max or Jack. Then Tanya leaves the square with the girls, but just before she leaves, she drops the bombshell that she is pregnant.

  20. elaine says:

    Many congratulations to Jo and Neil who are soon to become proud parents of twins. I wish you both all the happiness in the world…….and the sleepless nights, ha ha. I have 3 children and i love them dearly…..For Jo to leave eastenders, well i think she should enter a competition to do with her work. She wins it and has to go on a 6 month or a year tour. All the very best to you both. Good luck and you will be missed. Lots of hugs and kisses to the little ones when they arrive. With love Elaine & Boys xxxx

  21. Jane says:

    Congratulations to Jo and her husband. Of course she doesn\’t have to get written out as tonight Max and Tanya got together again so she can be pregnant but I am sure there will be more drama to it than that, although I hope they don\’t kill her off and that she will come back after the birth. xxxx

  22. amii says:

    congrats and good luck 🙂 i think the could bring tony back and he can pray on lauren again not nice i know but :/ then tanya gets panicked one nyt when she cant find lauren so she leaves the kids in the hands of hev and her nd max go search for her they find her pressed p against a wll by tony max loses his temper and tanya grabs lauren nd runs home whilst tony and max scuffle as soon as tey get home tanya fantically runs around grabbing passports and packing bags max walks through the door and asks whats going on tanya is frantic and insists they leave to proect their children frm the square max after some deliberation agrees hev tels them to staybut tanya forces the money into her hand and tells her to leave the taxi arrives and they all clamber in final shot of tanya holding lauren close ! dun dun duuuun lmao :l

  23. Gema says:

    congras and good luck! :)i think your a great role in eastenders!Maybe her and max could try foranother child and she gets into a fight with stacey causing her to have a miscarriage, and then the family leave for a holiday where tanya them falls pregant again and comes back with the family later on with a new baby, and then lauren and steven get back together nd please can we see some young love with tom and abby.x

  24. ellouise says:

    i reckon she should give up with max altogether,as he has led her a merry old dance, and pick things up again with lonely just jilted jack, then leave for france, as the original plans went, leaving the unhappy kids with max again. congratulations on the happy news jo and husband.

  25. Unknown says:

    i would like 2 say congra 2 u & ur hubby…

  26. Lisa says:

    i think tanya and max are good toghther and kdont want them to se erate againk i kthink they should brinkg sean back kand he sais he is goikng to tell abbie and lauren that they burried max alive so they get n a taxie kaand leave walford but max kstill has contact wkith stacey and because stacey still loves max she wants him to come back so she tells him when sean dose a nother diseranc act then they comeback and every thingk is kgood or even tanya could stay and max abbie and lauren come backk early for father daughter bondinkg time haha xx 🙂

  27. Saima says:

    LOL@AMII hehehehe Congrats Jo and Hubby

  28. zoe says:

    Reading some of the suggested story lines makes you wonder why people complain about the real scripts!!!Mind you, I can\’t think of much better. All the family could leave for a fresh start. After all they have been through so much recently, it would be ridiculous to have any other relationships, some family stay behind etc. That would leave the door open for any of the characters to come back. Their absence would give other characters and storylines the chance to come to the fore.

  29. Dot says:

    I think she should be locked up in a psychiatric hospital – preferably after Max has driven her insane – then tried to bury her alive in the woods with Stacey helping…….. jack finds out – digs her up in the nick of time then has her \’commited\’ to get her out of Max and his lives……..a year later she returns to get her revenge

  30. A says:

    lol. gd luk to them. wen i saw tanya buryin max in the woods, i thought i was pissed of summit, wtf!!! crazyyy shit… hahaha eastenders has reached its point where their scripts r just boring, its all about the times wen phil/grant/tom/ nd all the \’bad\’ boys were in the scene, now its a day to day life story, cant b arsed wid that… rather watch teletubies wid my lil sista!

  31. NIKKI says:

    I think Jo is lovely and will make a great mum in reality. She is the one of the few in Eastenders who brings something new to each episode. The rest of the characters ..you know what,s coming next… Nikki

  32. Joy says:

    How wonderful for Jo. I wish her every luck and good fortune. Congratulations!

  33. Theresa says:

    Max and Tania get back together. She finds she is pregnant. They have a big lottery win and buy a large house away from the square and they move. The kids still appear, as they go to the local school and also visit Dot and Bradley. Max converts the beauty parlour into his own insurance business so we will still see him. Tania retires with their new baby and we only "hear" her on phone calls to Max and the other family. She apparently becomes bored and gets addicted to online gambling. This means they lose everything and Tania comes back with the family (after her maternity leave) to live above the insurance business.Back to square one almost!

  34. hilda says:

    How lovely TWINS lucky you!!! I would like to wish you all the very best but oh how we will miss you. Good luck

  35. nadine says:

    awww sooooo cute.r they boys or girls or dont u know yet.xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  36. Princesinha says:

    I actually saw them in Clapham Common very happy together on saturday afternoon,Wish them the very best

  37. lisa says:

    ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh bless

  38. amanda says:

    go morring

  39. Fiona says:

    congrts on your gr8 news, wish u and hubby Neil all the best for your new arrivals, xxxx

  40. carrie says:

    wot fab news gosh you will have hands full but treasure every day, as for eastenders …….bring back her druggy sister who is being hunted own as she owes money, then when they track her to tanya,s they kidnap her instead of her sis? tanya gets hooked on drugs by mistake & by the time Max finds her he has to put her into rehab!!!!

  41. Steve Mark says:

    Tanya has nightmares of living another life in the Big Brother house on a space station orbiting the earth in the future! Doctor Who (David Tennant) suddenlyappears in his blue box and takes her back to her alternate reality where she resumes her life as Lynda with a Y…

  42. natasha says:

    A possible good idea for Tanya going on maternity leave perhaps could be her drug attictive sister coming back to the square. As the return of her sister her sister convinces Tanya she is free of drugs and Tanya allows her to stay there for a while till she can get her own house. Secretly her sister\’s still doing drugs and Tanya eventually finds out. Prior to this Max gives into Stacey\’s despiratness and sleeps with her. Stacey wants Max back but he regrets his foolishness as hes in love with Tanya. Stacey threatens to tell Tanya making Max cover his tracks and says he\’ll tell Tanya there over. Max then starts making Tanya mentally ill by putting diffrent thoughts into her head. Eventually Tanya becomes so ill that her Sister and Tanya start taking drugs too. Tanya overdoses and is taken to hospital where then she is reffered to rehab or a pysciactric institute due to Max making her ill. This is where she makes a big bang of an escape to go on materninty leave, coming back to the square Tanya can either escape of ouf rehab? Or she\’s realised as shes clean of drugs and more healthy leaving her to go back to her normal life with her kids.

  43. Arman says:

    CONGRATULATIONS! Best Wishes to Jo and Neil. God Luck in the future, hope you leave on a high, and hope you return when you are ready. Thanks.

  44. Marjorie says:

    Congratulations to you both. I hope you have an uneventful pregnancy and two healthy children at the end of it. I also hope that the way is made clear for your return when, and if, you want to. I think it would be nice for someone to be happy on Eastenders for once! How about Tanya and Max deciding to go abroad together, with the children, for an extended holiday. Another possibility is that Tanya becomes pregnant on the show. It would be great to have a happy couple on the show. It does happen in real life, and soaps are meant to be a little realistic now and again.

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