Jake, 45, grew up in North London

Jake Wood has become one of the best ever soap villains as Max Branning in EastEnders, but how much do you know about Jake himself? Here’s 7 things you never knew about him…

1. Jake once played Patsy Palmer’s brother in a 1990s TV advert!

Jake and Patsy joined forces in a hilarious 1992 advert for BT! Jake, sporting a quiff worthy of Grease’s Danny Zuko, dishes out sarcastic comments to his screen dad like, “Dad, if you do it today, I’ll eat my underpants” – screen sis Patsy loves that comment and bursts out laughing! Jake also appeared in a 1996 advert for Supernoodles… with spiky blonde hair!

2. Jake and his wife Alison renewed their wedding vows after 16 years. Bless!

Jake Wood with his wife Alison at the Chelsea Flower Show in May 2018

Last year Jake, who has two children with Alison, decided it was time to renew their vows. He told OK! Magazine at the time: “We had such an amazing day when we got married but we didn’t have much money, so it was all done on a very tight budget. We wanted to do it all again but in a bigger way!” And they certainly managed a bigger party as they had 220 guests!

3. Jake’s mum is French

Jake has an English dad and a French mum. He grew up in North London, which is why he’s an Arsenal supporter. When Jake was really small he spent some time in the Pyrenees. Recalling moving about as a child, Jake told Team Harvey: “It certainly gave me a sense of just being comfortable wherever I was, if my mum and dad talk about me when I was a kid, it was like almost you could put you anyway and you would fall asleep, like on a bale of hay.”

4. He was in Only Fools and Horses!

Yep, Jake popped up in the legendary comedy as Rodney Trotter’s dopey assistant in the Jolly Boys’ Outing episode back in 1989. Jake, who was only 17, tells Rodney that the information he wanted is now on his computer!

5. Jake is good mates with former EastEnders star Kacey Ainsworth

Jake Wood with Kacey Ainsworth

And, according to IMDB, Kacey actually recommended Jake for the role of Max Branning!

6. Jake is seriously into boxing

So excited for our POUND FOR POUND boxing podcast coming Jan 2018 👊🏼

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Jake is a huge boxing fan and even has his own boxing podcast, Pound for Pound, with former top boxer Spencer Oliver. Back in 2016 Jake made his debut in the ring in a charity boxing match held in London.

7. Jake loves running

Jake Wood after running a half marathon

Jake, who gave up smoking in his 20s, is into his fitness and enjoys running. And among the races he’s taken part in is the famous Great North Run and, pictured above, the Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon.

 Pic of Jake with his wife Alison: Mark Thomas/REX/Shutterstock. Pic of Jake with Kacey: Dan Wooller/REX/Shutterstock. Running pic: Joanne Davidson/Silverhub/REX/Shutterstock