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'EastEnders' Jake Wood: 'I'm staying with show'

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EastEnders star Jake Wood has confirmed that he is sticking with the soap for the foreseeable future.

The actor, who plays Max Branning, revealed that he has signed a new contract with the Walford show as he was interviewed live on ITV's Daybreak this morning (April 19).

Jake Wood as Max Branning in EastEnders.

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Jake Wood



Speaking about his time playing Max, Wood commented: "He's a fantastic character. I've been there seven years and I love Max Branning. He's such a well-rounded character. He's great fun to play.

"I think there's lots of different sides to Max. I think that's hopefully why audiences have warmed to him. He can be a good family man when he wants to be - fleetingly!"

Asked whether viewers give him stick over Max's infidelity storylines, he replied: "No, I've always been very positively received. I'm thankful for that. I think if you were in the show and people were giving you stick every day, that would be unpleasant. Thankfully people have really warmed to Max Branning.

"It's seven years now and I've just signed another contract. I'm there for the foreseeable future."

Tanya questions Max over why he didn't tell her about Kirsty's pregnancy.

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Tanya and Max



Tonight's episode of EastEnders sees Max attempt to win back on-off partner Tanya (Jo Joyner), despite the fact that his wife Kirsty (Kierston Wareing) is claiming to be pregnant.

Wood said: "In typical Branning form, he's keeping all the options open. He's being a bit unfair to Kirsty.

"We'll find out [what happens] tonight. It's a fantastic episode tonight. Simon Ashdown, who created the Brannings, has written the episode. We'll wait and see, but as we know, Jo Joyner is leaving us in about three weeks."

EastEnders continues tonight at 8pm on BBC One.

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