There's something very alluring about redhead Jake Wood

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We just can’t get enough of Jake Wood.

Thanks to his moody stare and jaw line peppered with fiery stubble, the actor has gained a status as a sex symbol.

Jake – who was born on 12 July 1972 in Westminster – has had a successful career since his appearance in ITV series The Gentle Touch in 1984.

In a black and white snap taken on set, 12-year-old Jake flashes a sweet smile and sports thick hair.

Jake goes on to bag parts in popular programmes including The Bill, Only Fools And Horses, A Touch Of Frost and One Foot In The Grave.

The hot ginger star’s big break comes in June 2006 when he appears in EastEnders for the first time.

He’s introduced into the show as Max Branning, the estranged father of Bradley and son of Jim.

Jake has found himself at the centre of a number of high profile plots since then.

Viewers have seen Jake’s on-screen alter ego mourn the loss of his son, get into debt and be run over by his daughter Lauren.

In EastEnders, Jake Wood‘s character Max is also a real ladies’ man.

The car salesman has enjoyed a number of scandalous relationships with key cast members including his son’s fiancée Stacey Slater and Lucy Beale who is killed off in 2014.

Max is later considered as a suspect for her murder.

Away from EastEnders, Jake Wood still knows how to get pulses racing.

He signs up to take part in BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing where he’s partnered with stunning professional Janette Manrara.

Swivel-hipped Jake is an instant hit with judges and audience.

In week two of the 2014 series, he tops the leaderboard after performing a racy salsa routine to Lou Bega’s hit Mambo No 5.

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