We're still digesting the heartbreaking news that Albert Square lothario Max Branning, aka Jake Wood, is leaving EastEnders
We’re not sure how we will live without our usual fix of the Albert Square ladies’ man – aka Jake Wood.
Thankfully Jake – who will not leave until after the summer – has signed a new contract and will return to the soap next year.
But still, that’s 365 days without the ginger warrior and his sexy smirk. Here are some of his finest on-screen moments to keep us going…
From his numerous affairs to being run over by his daughter Lauren, Max Branning has caused a stir since he arrived in Walford nine years ago quickly establishing himself as the Don Draper of EastEnders.
A man ruled by his passions and lover of Scotch – within no time he had seduced his son Bradley’s girlfriend Stacey Slater (Lacey Turner) – embarking on what has to be one of the most gripping affairs in soap history.
One of the most memorable EastEnders scenes ever was when Max’s affair with his son’s wife was discovered on Christmas Day in front of the entire family, while he was dressed in a dodgy Santa costume.
Or when he begged his heartbroken wife Tanya (Jo Joyner) to stay with him and not leave Albert Square, despite his cheating ways.
Our hearts were in our mouths when Max was the victim of a deliberate hit-and-run and left for dead. Tanya confessed to it and was arrested, but it was his daughter Lauren who was driving the vehicle.
And again when Tanya – with the help of Sean Slater (Rob Kazinsky) – drugged Max and decided to throw him in a coffin and bury him alive in some woods after he threatened to report her to social services as an unfit mother.
Bradley fell to his death from a rooftop following a police chase. But Max was forced to admit to himself he was in love with his son’s widow as he held a vigil by his bedside. We always forgive him though as we love that he can’t control his emotions.
It wasn’t long before Max’s wandering eye landed upon his daughter’s best friend, Lucy Beale (Hetti Bywater). Well after bedding your son’s wife you’re unlikely to lose much sleep over sexing a friend of the family. Of course history was made when the pair were blackmailed and Lucy was murdered by an unknown assailant…
We’ll miss you Jake!