EastEnders icon Jake Wood lands big new role alongside star of very controversial Emmerdale storyline

Jake Wood in EastEnders
Jake Wood will be back on the stage soon (Picture: BBC)

Former EastEnders star Jake Wood has revealed his latest gig alongside an Emmerdale actress.

The Max Branning actor, 51, left Albert Square in 2021 after having an affair with Linda Carter (Kellie Bright).

Max was devastated to learn that Linda was actually still in love with childhood sweetheart Mick Carter (Danny Dyer), and after failing to win her back, left for New Zealand.



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Jake left the soap in 2021 (Picture: BBC)

But as for Jake, he’s taking to the stage for the upcoming theatre show Hell’s Bells, which is also directed by the EastEnders star.

Actress Louisa Clein, who played the villainous Maya Stepney on Emmerdale, is also involved in the star-studded lineup.

Former EastEnders actress Patsy Palmer (who played Bianca Jackson) congratulated Jake’s new gig by leaving a love heart emoji under the Instagram post.

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Louisa is also starring in the theatre show (Picture: ITV)

Over the years, he was involved in some of EastEnders most memorable storylines, including the one which saw his affair with Stacey Slater (Lacey Turner) exposed to the whole family on Christmas Day.

Since leaving the show, Jake has appeared alongside popstar Cheryl in 2:22 A Ghost Story in the role of Ben, who is now played by fellow EastEnder Ricky Champ.

He was due to run the London Marathon earlier this year alongside a number of his EastEnders co-stars in memory of Barbara Windsor, but was forced to pull out after being diagnosed with a chest infection.

‘Unfortunately, I’ll be unable to run the London Marathon Sunday due to medical advice,’ he said. ‘I’ve got a very bad chest infection, I’ve had it for the last couple of weeks. I’ve been told in no uncertain terms to not run.’

He added that he would be ‘really sad’ not to be with his fellow Babs’ Army runners on the day and said he would be with them in spirit. ‘It’s all in memory of Barbara Windsor and in aid of Alzheimer’s Research UK,’ he said, and reminded his followers that they could still donate to the cause.

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