Jake Wood

Last updated

Jake Wood
Jake Wood.jpg
Wood at the 2011 British Soap Awards
Born
Jake Dylan Wood

(1972-07-12) 12 July 1972 (age 48)
Alma mater Anna Scher Drama School
OccupationActor
Years active1984–present
Known forRole of Max Branning in EastEnders (2006–present)
Spouse(s)
Alison Wood
(
m. 2001)
[1]
Children2

Jake Dylan Wood (born 12 July 1972) [2] is an English actor, known for portraying the role of Max Branning in the BBC soap opera, EastEnders . He has also made guest appearances in series including Only Fools and Horses and Red Dwarf . In 2014, Wood competed on BBC's Strictly Come Dancing alongside professional dancer Janette Manrara. In the United States, he is known as the voice of the GEICO gecko. In 2018, he began co-hosting Pound for Pound, a boxing podcast with Spencer Oliver.

Contents

Early life

Wood was born in Westminster, London to an English father and a French mother. [2] He attended City of London Academy Highbury Grove and trained as an actor at the Anna Scher Drama School in Islington, North London. [1]

Career

His first acting role was in the 1984 television series The Gentle Touch. [3] He has since appeared in several television series including May to December , Minder , Only Fools and Horses , Nightingales , Murder in Mind , Press Gang , London's Burning , Sean's Show , Inspector Morse Driven to Distraction 1989 , One Foot in the Grave , Red Dwarf , A Touch of Frost , The Bill , Le Café des Rêves , Sea of Souls Doc Martin , The Thin Blue Line and has appeared in the films Vera Drake (2004), The Aryan Couple (2004), The Illusionist (2006) opposite Edward Norton, and Dad Savage (1998) with Patrick Stewart. Wood starred in the 1989 Yellow Pages TV Advert, entitled "Party Party" and, until 2015, was the voice of the GEICO gecko advertisements on American television. [4] Wood also featured alongside Cobent CTO and ex-Metal Hammer journalist Tony Dillon as part of a team presenting Click, a computer games magazine on VHS video in the early 1990s. In 1989, Wood appeared in Only Fools and Horses as an assistant for Rodney Trotter (Nicholas Lyndhurst), in the episode The Jolly Boys' Outing . In the 8th series of Red Dwarf he played Kill Crazy, a prison inmate. Wood also played the eldest son, Dougie, in sitcom family The Wilsons. [5]

In March 1990, Wood portrayed the role of Jackson in the BBC soap opera EastEnders , a minor character who met Diane Butcher (Sophie Lawrence) while she was sleeping rough on the streets of London. [6] Wood was later cast to play the regular character Max Branning from June 2006 to date. [7] In 2014, Wood took part in the 12th series of Strictly Come Dancing . [8] He was partnered with Janette Manrara, reaching the semi-final. In May 2015, Wood announced that he would be taking a year-long break from EastEnders. Wood said "I have been at EastEnders for nine years and I feel the time is right to give Max a break. It won't be for too long as I shall be back next year to see Max face another chapter of drama." [9]

Spencer Oliver (left) with Wood (right) Jake Wood and Spencer Oliver (42218637372).jpg
Spencer Oliver (left) with Wood (right)

In January 2018, Wood started hosting a boxing podcast, Pound for Pound, with Spencer Oliver. [10]

Personal life

Wood is a fan of Tottenham Hotspur [11] and took part in the 2007 Great North Run. [12] He lives with his wife, Alison, whom he married in 2001, and their two children, Buster and Amber. [1]

In January 2019, it was announced that he would be running the London Marathon with some of his EastEnders co-stars for a Dementia campaign in honour of Barbara Windsor. [13]

Related Research Articles

June Brown English actress

June Muriel Brown, is a retired English actress, best known for her role as Dot Cotton on the BBC soap opera EastEnders. In 2005, she won Best Actress at the Inside Soap Awards and received the Lifetime Achievement award at the British Soap Awards. In 2009, she was nominated for the BAFTA TV Award for Best Actress. She is the second performer to receive a BAFTA nomination for their work in a soap opera, after Jean Alexander. It was announced in February 2020 that Brown had decided to leave EastEnders permanently, at the age of 93.

Anita Dobson is an English stage, film and television actress, and singer. She is best known for her role from 1985 to 1988 as Angie Watts in the BBC soap opera EastEnders. In 1986, she reached number four in the UK Singles Chart with "Anyone Can Fall in Love", a song based on the theme music of EastEnders. She is married to Queen guitarist and astrophysicist Brian May.

Mario Angelo Constantinou, professionally known as Matt Di Angelo, is a British actor and singer, best known for his role as Dean Wicks in the BBC soap opera EastEnders. He also starred as Sean Kennedy in the BBC drama series Hustle.

Philip William Daniels is an English actor, most noted for film and television roles playing Londoners, such as the lead role of Jimmy Cooper in Quadrophenia, Richards in Scum, Stewart in The Class of Miss MacMichael, Danny in Breaking Glass, Mark in Meantime, Billy Kid in Billy the Kid and the Green Baize Vampire, Kevin Wicks in EastEnders, DCS Frank Patterson in New Tricks, and Grandad Trotter in the Only Fools and Horses prequel Rock & Chips. He is also known for featuring on Blur's 1994 hit single "Parklife".

Jim Branning fictional character from the BBC soap opera EastEnders

Jim Branning is a fictional character from the BBC soap opera EastEnders, played by John Bardon, first appearing on 29 April 1996 and becoming a regular character in 1999. He remained in the series until 2011.

Scott Maslen actor and model

Scott Alexander Maslen is an English actor and model, best known for his portrayal as DS Phil Hunter in ITV's The Bill and Jack Branning on the BBC's flagship soap EastEnders. He also took part in the 2010 series of Strictly Come Dancing and the 2015 series of Celebrity MasterChef. He portrayed Claude Speed in the live-action trailer for Grand Theft Auto 2 in 1999.

Kara Tointon English actress

Kara Louise Tointon is an English actress known for playing Dawn Swann in BBC soap opera EastEnders and as the 2010 winner of BBC television series Strictly Come Dancing as well as Maria in the ITV live production of The Sound of Music Live in December 2015 alongside Julian Ovenden as Captain von Trapp.

Charlie Clements is an English actor known for the role of Bradley Branning in the BBC soap opera EastEnders from January 2006 to February 2010. He has won several soap and magazine awards for his performance.

Max Branning Fictional character from the British soap opera EastEnders

Max Branning is a fictional character from the BBC soap opera EastEnders, played by Jake Wood. He made his first appearance on 27 June 2006. Wood took a four-month break from the show in 2011 and the character was absent between August and November 2011. Wood took a year long break from the show in 2015, with Max departing on 1 October. He returned on 24 December 2016. Wood took another short break from the show in 2018; Max departed on 16 February and returned on 23 April. It was announced in 2018 that Max would be taking a break from the soap in early 2019. He left on 14 February 2019 and returned on 7 May 2019. Max served as the show's main antagonist of 2017 following his release from prison and planning revenge on all his family, friends and neighbours.

Tanya Branning fictional character in BBC soap opera EastEnders

Tanya Cross is a fictional character from the BBC soap opera, EastEnders, played by Jo Joyner. She made her first appearance on 27 June 2006. Tanya's storylines have included opening her own salon, giving birth to her third child, discovering that her husband Max Branning had an affair with Stacey Slater before divorcing and then burying him alive with the help from her new partner Sean Slater, marrying Greg Jessop, starting an affair with Max on her wedding day to Greg, dealing with her eldest daughter, Lauren Branning's alcoholism, battling cervical cancer, discovering that Max has a secret wife, Kirsty Branning on their second wedding day, witnessing her daughters Lauren and Abi Branning fall from the roof of The Queen Victoria public house which leads to her mental breakdown.

Janette Manrara Škorjanec is an American professional dancer and choreographer from Miami, Florida. Originally a Salsa dancer, learning from her Cuban family, she formally studied dance from the age of 19. Manrara is best known for her appearances on the US series So You Think You Can Dance and British dance reality television competition, Strictly Come Dancing. She is also married to Slovenian dancer and co-star Aljaž Škorjanec.

Ricky Norwood British actor

Richard Colin Norwood is a British actor who played Fatboy in the soap opera EastEnders and its online spin-off EastEnders: E20. Ricky appeared on Celebrity Big Brother 18 in 2016, finishing as runner-up behind Ex on the Beach star Stephen Bear.

Vanessa Gold

Vanessa Gold is a fictional character from the BBC soap opera EastEnders. She is portrayed by Zöe Lucker, and first appeared in EastEnders in the episode broadcast on 4 June 2010. A "dynamic and assured" businesswoman, Vanessa was created by series consultant Simon Ashdown to be "a Zöe Lucker-type". Lucker accepted the role on a seven-episode contract, which was extended after she impressed the series producers with her performance. In April 2011, it was announced that Lucker was to leave the show. She departed on 6 October 2011, after the conclusion of her storylines.

Cora Cross Fictional character from the BBC soap opera EastEnders

Cora Cross is a fictional character from the BBC soap opera EastEnders, played by Ann Mitchell. Cora is the mother of Tanya Branning and Rainie Cross and the grandmother of Lauren and Abi Branning. Cora initially appeared from 11 to 15 April 2011, and returned as a regular character on 28 July. Cora is described as having "a brash, outspoken attitude and does not care who she offends", deemed "an archetypal East End matriarch" and Inside Soap says that Cora is a "brash, loud lady who likes to tell everyone what she thinks and has absolutely no shame."

Derek Branning Fictional character from the British soap opera EastEnders

Derek Branning is a fictional character from the BBC soap opera EastEnders, played by Terence Beesley in 1996 and then Jamie Foreman from 2011 to 2012. Derek is the eldest child of Jim Branning and Reenie Branning. He first appears in episode 1282, which was first broadcast in the United Kingdom on 29 April 1996, for his sister April Branning's wedding and departed on 2 May. The character returned as a regular in the episode broadcast on 24 November 2011, played by Foreman. In October 2012, it was announced that Foreman would be leaving EastEnders in December 2012 as part of a Christmas storyline. On 20 December 2012, it is revealed that Derek was the person who Kat Moon had an affair with. He dies of a heart attack in the episode broadcast on 25 December 2012.

Will Bayley British para table tennis player

William John Bayley is a British professional Paralympic table tennis player, ranked world number 1. He is the 2016 Summer Paralympics Games gold medallist and the 2014 World Champion.

Carl White Fictional character from the BBC soap opera EastEnders

Carl White is a fictional character from the BBC soap opera EastEnders, played by Daniel Coonan. He first appears in the 4660th episode, originally broadcast in the United Kingdom on 20 June 2013. Carl is the ex-boyfriend of Kirsty Branning, and his storylines include tracking down cash owed to him by Derek Branning – which Ian Beale has used to open a restaurant; trying to win Kirsty back; a relationship with Roxy Mitchell ; his feuds with Roxy's cousin Phil and Derek's brother Max ; blackmailing Ian for money; and developing a conflict with Roxy's sister Ronnie that ultimately results in his downfall. He became the show's main antagonist up until his death on 1 January 2014. The character was axed in September 2013 and departed in the episode first broadcast in the UK on 1 January 2014, a joint broadcast of episodes 4775 and 4776, after being killed by Ronnie. In 2013, he was announced as the main antagonist.

Aljaž Škorjanec is a Slovenian dancer and choreographer who has appeared on the BBC series Strictly Come Dancing as a professional dancer.

Slater family (<i>EastEnders</i>)

The Slater family are a fictional family from the BBC soap opera EastEnders, that have appeared since episode 1997, first broadcast in September 2000. The family are introduced as a central family unit consisting of father Charlie Slater, grandmother Mo Harris, Charlie's daughters, Kat Slater, Lynne Slater, Little Mo Morgan and Zoe Slater, and Lynne's partner Garry Hobbs. A fifth sister, Belinda Peacock, was introduced a year later. The family were the eighth to be introduced in the soap's history, replacing the di Marco family who departed during the previous month. The Slaters were created by Tony Jordan and introduced by John Yorke. The Slater sisters were cast in an improvisation session. In their first years on the show, the family were involved in storylines about child sexual abuse and domestic violence.

Strictly Come Dancing Live! is a nationwide arena tour in the United Kingdom which was first staged in 2008 and has continued every year since. It is directed and co-choreographed by professional dancer, Craig Revel Horwood.

References

  1. 1 2 3 "BBC One – Strictly Come Dancing, Series 12 – Jake Wood". BBC. Retrieved 19 May 2015.
  2. 1 2 "Jake Wood on TV.com". TV.com. Retrieved 8 December 2010.
  3. "EastEnders star Jake Wood shares picture from first TV role in tribute to Jill Gascoine". Entertainment Daily. Retrieved 7 June 2020.
  4. Merriman, Rebecca (16 November 2015). "EastEnders' Jake Wood goes on Twitter rant after being AXED after ten years in role". Daily Mirror . Retrieved 14 August 2018.
  5. "The Wilsons Cast and Crew on TV.com". TV.com. Archived from the original on 29 June 2011. Retrieved 6 March 2011.
  6. "Remember when Max Branning star Jake Wood was in EastEnders in the '90s?". Metro . Retrieved 7 June 2020.
  7. Wilkes, Neil (19 January 2006). "Mitchell kids to return to Walford". Digital Spy . Retrieved 7 June 2020.
  8. Daly, Emma (24 August 2014). "Soap stars Jake Wood and Sunetra Sarker sign up for Strictly Come Dancing 2014". Radio Times. Retrieved 22 November 2017.
  9. "Jake Wood to take EastEnders 'break'". BBC. 28 May 2015. Retrieved 29 May 2015.
  10. "EastEnders star Jake Wood halts podcast to rescue neighbour trapped in shed: 'His heart was pounding'". Metro . Retrieved 7 June 2020.
  11. "Football – Lawro's Premier League predictions". BBC. 6 February 2011. Retrieved 6 March 2011.
  12. "BBC – Tyne – Great North Run – GNR 2007: At the finish". BBC . Retrieved 6 March 2011.
  13. "EastEnders stars to run marathon for Dame Barbara Windsor". BBC News . 8 January 2019. Retrieved 8 January 2019.