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Jake Dylan Wood (born 12 July 1972) is a British actor, best known in his native United Kingdom for playing Max Branning
Max Branning
in long-running BBC soap opera EastEnders
EastEnders
and in the United States as the voice of the GEICO gecko.

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1 Early life 2 Career 3 Personal life 4 References 5 External links

Early life[edit] Wood was born in Westminster, London.[2] He trained as an actor at the Anna Scher Drama School in Islington, North London.[1] Career[edit] 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, One Foot in the Grave, Red Dwarf, A Touch of Frost, The Bill, Le Café des Rêves, 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 Patrick Stewart. Wood starred in the 1989 Yellow Pages
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 ex- 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 Wilsons.[4] In June 2006, he joined the BBC
BBC
soap opera EastEnders
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
Rodney Trotter
(Nicholas Lyndhurst), in the episode The Jolly Boys' Outing. In the 8th series of Red Dwarf
Red Dwarf
he played Kill Crazy, a prison inmate. Wood took part in the 12th series of Strictly Come Dancing.[5] 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
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."[6] In January 2018, Wood started hosting a new boxing podcast, Pound for Pound, with Spencer Oliver.[7] Personal life[edit] Wood is a fan of Arsenal[8] and took part in the 2007 Great North Run.[9] He lives with his wife, Alison, who he married in 2001, and their two children.[1] References[edit]

^ a b c " BBC
BBC
One – Strictly Come Dancing, Series 12 – Jake Wood". BBC. Retrieved 19 May 2015.  ^ " Jake Wood
Jake Wood
on TV.com". TV.com. Retrieved 8 December 2010.  ^ Appearances Can Be Deceptive on IMDb ^ "The Wilsons Cast and Crew on TV.com". TV.com. Archived from the original on 29 June 2011. Retrieved 6 March 2011.  ^ Daly, Emma (24 August 2014). "Soap stars Jake Wood
Jake Wood
and Sunetra Sarker sign up for Strictly Come Dancing
Strictly Come Dancing
2014". Radio Times. Retrieved 22 November 2017.  ^ " Jake Wood
Jake Wood
to take EastEnders
EastEnders
'break'". BBC. 28 May 2015. Retrieved 29 May 2015.  ^ "InterTalent Rights Group Pound For Pound". Retrieved 2018-03-07.  ^ "Football – Lawro's Premier League predictions". BBC. 6 February 2011. Retrieved 6 March 2011.  ^ " BBC
BBC
– Tyne – Great North Run
Great North Run
– GNR 2007: At the finish". BBC. Retrieved 6 March 2011. 

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