EastEnders actor Jake Wood lifts the lid on what it’s like to play troubled Max, and what’s to come

Jake Wood – the man behind troubled Max Branning – has revealed what exactly it’s like to play the long-running EastEnders character.

This Christmas will see millions of people tune in as Max’s revenge plot reaches its climax, with Ian Beale and Phil Mitchell on his radar.

During last weeks episodes, we seen Jack Branning chuck Max out of his house, after Charlie Cotton returned to Walford to reveal that Max paid him to take Matthew away.

With Max practically alone now with nobody to care for him, it ties in perfectly to the run up to Christmas.


Speaking about the scenes, Jake told The Sun: “These are definitely some of the most intense scenes I’ve ever filmed, but it’s what we do, and my job is to make Max as real as possible.

“The hardest thing about it is the workload. When you are in the middle of a really big storyline it’s just incredibly long hours, and that can be very draining.

“You’re often filming stuff that’s very emotional for a long time, so you get tired. At the same time it’s incredibly exciting, like being in the eye of the storm. But I’m quite happy to switch off and leave Max at work.”

Jake has also spoke about his on screen daughters being sacked from the soap, saying: “It’s incredibly sad to see the girls go. Obviously I’ve watched Lorna grow up, she feels like a member of my own family now, as does Jacqueline.


“But I’m very excited to see what they go on to do and I’m sure they will both be incredibly successful. They are both very down-to-earth and talented young women.

“I’m really excited for them.”

EastEnders continues on BBC One.


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