Jake Wood leaving EastEnders after 15 years as Max Branning


Jake Wood is leaving Albert Square after 15 years as EastEnders Max Branning. The 48-year-old actor – who reached the semi-final of Strictly Come Dancing in 2014 – joined the BBC soap in 2006.

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Wood said in a statement: ‘I’ve had 15 wonderful years at’EastEnders’and have made some truly great friends.

“I’ll of course miss everyone there but I’m grateful they have left the door open for Max and I’m excited to see what the next chapter holds.”

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EastEnders’ executive producer Jon Sen added: “Jake is a truly wonderful actor and’EastEnders’have been extremely lucky to have him for so long.

“We have a big storyline for Max that starts in the coming weeks and we are all very excited to see that play out.”

Max Branning arrived in Albert Square as the estranged father of’Bradley Branning'(Charlie Clements) and staryed to rebuild their relationship.

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Jake Wood leaving EastEnders after 15 years as Max Branning

He was joined by Jo Joyner as his wife Tanya Branning and has had a number of high profile storylines including his affair with with’Stacey Slater'(Lacey Turner).

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Max recently sold his half share of Walford East restaurant to Ian Beale but was cheated out of the proceeds.

Max is currently raising granddaughter Abi – named after her mother – with his ex-wife and sister-in-law Rainie Cross.

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Max Branning leaving EastEnders in huge storyline as Jake Wood bows out after 15 years

EastEnders favourite Max Branning will leave the BBC soap it has been confirmed, as actor Jake Wood bows out in a huge new storyline

EastEnders will be saying goodbye to legend Max Branning in upcoming scenes, as actor Jake Wood leaves the soap.

After 15 years, the character will bow out in a huge new storyline as Jake’s contract comes to an end.

Bosses have come up with a major new storyline that would see Max leave the show, while the door is being kept open for a future return.

An EastEnders source confirmed the news to Mirror online on Wednesday, teasing what was to come on the BBC soap.

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EastEnders spoilers: Huge Max Branning exit as Jake Wood leaves

Talking about his departure from the show Jake said: ‘I’ve had 15 wonderful years at EastEnders and have made some truly great friends. I’ll of course miss everyone there but I’m grateful they have left the door open for Max and I’m excited to see what the next chapter holds.

An insider added to Metro.co,uk: ‘Sometimes in soap land big characters have to leave. Bosses are staying tight lipped about what they have planned for Max but considering he has played a major part in the show for over fifteen years they are clearly planning something big and he will not be departing Walford quietly.

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Jake Wood announces he is leaving EastEnders after 15 years as Max Branning

Jake Wood will be leaving his role on the hit BBC soap later this year, with an “explosive storyline”.

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According to reports, Max’s exit from Walford will be “explosive”, but the show will be keeping the door open for the actor to return in the future.

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They added: “Everyone will be sad to see Jake go as he is not only a great person to have on set but he’s also a fantastic actor.”

Jake first joined the EastEnders cast in 2006, and took a break from the role in 2015 when his character, Max Branning, was in prison.

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Max Branning actor Jake Wood leaving EastEnders after 15 years

The mystery storyline will begin in the coming weeks, while a date for his exit episode has yet to be confirmed.

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During the soap’s break due to a halt in filming, the BBC re-aired the moment Max and Stacey’s affair was exposed, despite Stacey being married to Max’s son Bradley.

And not only did Max witness Bradley fall from the roof of the Queen Vic, he also saw his daughters Lauren and Abi do the exact same in a bombshell Christmas storyline.

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