Actress Sofia Vergara has taken to to pay tribute to her "love", boyfriend Joe Manganiello, on his 38th birthday.

The True Blood star celebrated his big day on Sunday (28Dec14) and the Modern Family actress marked the occasion with a picture of the couple embracing, alongside a sweet message to her beau.

The note reads, "Happy happy bday to my love and best friend to the one that makes me laugh like crazy (sic)! have a healthy wonderfull (sic) year babe!!!".

Vergara and Manganiello began dating in July (14), after she broke off her engagement to longtime partner Nick Loeb.