EastEnders actor Jake Wood teases Max Branning’s shock Christmas exit

Jake Wood has teased his exit from EastEnders at Christmas.

His character Max Branning is set to leave Walford during the festive period as actor Jake takes some time off from the BBC soap.

The 46-year-old actor is taking a break to focus on his boxing podcast and spend more time with his family.

Appearing on Loose Women today, Jake teased details about his character’s upcoming exit.

Grilled on what "awful" things would be happening on Albert Square this month, he joked: "There’s no awful things in EastEnders!"

EastEnders actor Jake Wood teases Max Branning's shock Christmas exit

Jake Wood teased his Christmas exit
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EastEnders actor Jake Wood teases Max Branning's shock Christmas exit

Max has had some heartbreaking Christmasses
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But he added: "Max was featured very heavily last year – obviously it’s not as focused on Max Branning this year, which is good for me."

Coleen asked whether that meant that he would be having a quieter Christmas and he confirmed that it did.

EastEnders actor Jake Wood teases Max Branning's shock Christmas exit

Jake is looking forward to spending time with his family
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"I’m taking a few months off EastEnders – I had my last day on Friday so I’m taking three months off," he said. "Go back in March…"

He continued: "I’ve been there 12 years and my approach has always been… two years ago I had a year off. I love being there, I love the job, but it is very demanding. It’s long hours – I’ve got a family, two kids at home and a beautiful wife that I probably don’t see enough of so, yeah.

*Loose Women airs weekdays at 12.30pm on ITV

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