Wood takes break from EastEnders
EastEnders star Jake Wood is leaving the show for a year, but Wood, who plays Max Branning, will be back.
"I have been at EastEnders for nine years and I feel the time is right to give Max a break, but it won't be for too long as I shall be back next year to see him face another chapter of drama," said Wood (left).
"Both Jake and I agreed that Max has been through so much over the past nine years that we would give both of them a break when the opportunity arose," said executive producer Dominic Treadwell-Collins.
"That opportunity has come and it is time to send Max Branning out with a bang that will send ripples through the Square for the rest of the year."