Jake Dylan Wood (born 12 July 1972) is a British actor, best known in
his native United Kingdom for playing
Max Branning in long-running BBC
EastEnders and in the United States as the voice of the
1 Early life
3 Personal life
5 External links
Wood was born in Westminster, London. He trained as an actor at the
Anna Scher Drama School in Islington, North London.
His first acting role was in the 1984 television series The Gentle
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, One Foot
in the Grave, Red Dwarf, A Touch of Frost, The Bill, Le Café des
Sea of Souls
Sea of Souls Doc Martin, The Thin Blue Line and has appeared
in the films
Vera Drake (2004),
The Aryan Couple
The Aryan Couple (2004), The
Illusionist (2006) opposite Edward Norton, and
Dad Savage (1998) with
Wood starred in the 1989
Yellow Pages TV Advert, entitled "Party
Party" and, as of the 2010s, has been the voice of the
GEICO gecko ads
on American television. Wood also featured alongside Cobent CTO and
Metal Hammer journalist Tony Dillon as part of a team presenting
Click, a computer games magazine on VHS video in the early 1990s.
Wood also played the eldest son, Dougie, in sitcom family The
In June 2006, he joined the
BBC soap opera
EastEnders playing Max
Branning. In March 2008, he took paternity leave and re-appeared on
screen on 23 June 2008. For his work in EastEnders, he has won awards
at the British Soap Awards and Inside Soap Awards.
In 1989, Wood appeared in
Only Fools and Horses
Only Fools and Horses as an assistant for
Rodney Trotter (Nicholas Lyndhurst), in the episode The Jolly Boys'
In the 8th series of
Red Dwarf he played Kill Crazy, a prison inmate.
Wood took part in the 12th series of Strictly Come Dancing. 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
In January 2018, Wood started hosting a new boxing podcast, Pound for
Pound, with Spencer Oliver.
Wood is a fan of Arsenal and took part in the 2007 Great North
Run. He lives with his wife, Alison, who he married in 2001, and
their two children.
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