EASTENDERS star Jake Wood has been reassured his future on the soap is safe after fears he was next for the axe.
His character Max Branning became the show’s villain after he was involved in the death of his two daughters over Christmas.
Fans had predicted he was next for the axe but it seems he’s got a place on the show for at least a year.
Speaking at this week’s National Television Award’s, he told the Sun’s Bizarre column: "I know he's central to the plans for the next year and we'll see what happens.
"I think there's always potential for that character, he's a delight to play. I love playing him.
"I never know what he's going to do next so I wait as excited as everyone else to see what he's got planned. 2018 is going to be a year for the show.”
Jake acknowledged the BBC soap had had a tough year but was optimistic with last year’s return of John Yorke to take charge of EastEnders.
He was brought back in to boost ratings following ailing times and to steer it back to its iconic days.
But some of the cast feared for their job including Dean Gaffney.
Since his return as boss, John has brought back big characters including Kat Slater, played by Jessie Wallace, and Tamzin Outwaite’s Melanie Owen.
Jake said: "I think the show's in a really, really good place. I'm excited for the year ahead.
"I don't know what they've got planned so we'll have to wait and see.
"I think it's been an up and down year admittedly for EastEnders but we're hitting a real peak at the moment and I think with John Yorke back in charge that will continue.
"There's a real excitement around the studios with people coming back, storylines that they've got planned.”