Jake Wood responds as Max Branning exits EastEnders

EastEnders star Jake Wood has shared an updated regarding his departure from the BBC One soap.

The actor — who portrays Max Branning on the long-running serial drama — posted on Instagram: ‘After 15 years I will be leaving Eastenders at the end of this year.

‘I have loved playing Max Branning who amongst other things in that time has had 4 marriages, 10 affairs, 4 children (2 dying from falling from the roof of The Queen Vic), been buried alive, watched unwanted DVDs at Xmas and perhaps most traumatising of all…shared a hot tub with Ian Beale.

‘I have made some truly great friends whilst on the show and I’ll miss everyone there. I’m grateful they have left the door open for Max and I’m excited to see what new horizons are around the corner.

‘Thank you to everyone who has sent me messages this week, I appreciate the love and support.’

It was announced last week that Jake’s character of Max would be written out after 15 years.

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.

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Jon Sen, EastEnders’ Executive Producer said: ‘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.’

EastEnders continues Monday September 21 at 8:05pm on BBC One.

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