Jake Wood: 5 things to know about EastEnders’s Max Branning in real life

EastEnders: Max Branning’s is set for an explosive Christmas – but what’s happening off-screen with actor Jake Wood  [BBC]

Max Branning, played by Westminster-born actor Jake Wood, is set for an explosive Christmas in Albert Square this year.

According to spoilers BBC One’s EastEnders, Max’s actions come back to haunt him after Walford residents turn their backs on the villain.

With several plots happening for Max and his family, it’s set to be a seriously dramatic set of episodes over the festive period. 

But while we know all Max’s on-screen secrets, there’s so many questions soap viewers still have about Jake’s off-screen life. Here’s what you need to know about 45-year-old actor. 

Jake Wood married wife Alison Murray 16 years ago and they have two children [Getty]

Jake has been married to wife Alison Murray for 16 years now. 

The couple met 23 years ago. Previously explaining their secret to a strong marriage, Jake told OK! magazine: “We obviously love each other a lot but also we’ve always wanted the same things.”

The couple are parents to Amber, 12, and Buster, nine. 

Jake Wood and his dance partner Janette Manrara were the 11th couple to be eliminated from Strictly Come dancing in 2014 [Wenn]

The talented actor took part in the 12th series of Strictly Come Dancing, and impressed pretty much everyone during his time on the show.

Partnered with Janette Manrara, Jake was the 11th person to be eliminated.

Caroline Flack was crowned the winner of the 2014 series. 

Jake Wood was a TV regular long before taking on the role on EastEnders’s Max Branning  [ITV]

Jake was a familiar face on our TV screens long before his East End debut in 2006.

The dad-of-two has previously appeared on The Bill, Only Fools and Horses, Casualty, Red Dwarf and many, many more. 

In October 2016, the soap star took part in a charity boxing match at the Grange City Hotel in honour of his friend Mike Towell, who passed away after a boxing match the month previous. 

Jake Wood has a new podcast all about boxing launching in January 2018 [Twitter]

Already the avid boxer, Jake’s dedication to sport has only grown since. 

In January 2018, his boxing podcast, Pound for Pound with Spencer Oliver, is set to launch.

He tweeted: “Coming Jan 2018, POUND FOR POUND, @PoundPodcast a new weekly boxing podcast with myself and @SpencerOliver We are very excited for this!!”

Jake Wood previously took a year out from the BBC One star  [Wenn]

In May 2015,  Jake announced he would be taking a year hiatus from the show.

He said: “I have been at EastEnders for nine years and I feel the time is right to give Max a break — but it won’t be for too long as I shall be back next year to see Max face another chapter of drama.”

Max’s full return aired on Christmas Eve 2016. And Christmas 2017 is set to be just as explosive for his character.

Source: www.ok.co.uk/celebrity-feature/1256171/jake-wood-max-branning-eastenders-family-strictly-boxing-podcast

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