28/05/2015 03:13 BST | Updated 28/05/2015 09:59 BST

‘EastEnders': Max Branning Actor Jake Wood To Leave The BBC Soap (But He'll Be Back)

EastEnders’ bad boy Max Branning is set to leave Albert Square after actor Jake Wood announced he wants a break from the BBC soap.

The 42-year-old star has told Beeb bosses he wants to pursue other projects after almost a decade on the show.


Jake’s decision comes less than a year after he took to the ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ dancefloor.

However, Jake WILL be back and has already signed a big money deal to return to the square in a year’s time.

Jake appeared on last year's 'Strictly'

It is thought Jake is keen to recharge his batteries and head to the US where he does ‘lucrative’ voiceover work.

While Max Branning might be off, one legendary character is set to return to the Square.

Following Kathy Beale’s live week surprise, ‘EastEnders’ boss Dominic Treadwell-Collins confirmed that the much-loved character - who was believed to be dead - would later be making a full return.

“It’s a big, big story with a lot of twists and turns, as you’ve come to expect from us,”he stated. “There’s Gavin, Kathy and there’s a lot of Phil involved.

"It’s going to draw in lots of different families from around the Square and it’s not going to be easy for her to come back."

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