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EASTENDERS star Jake Wood joked about applying for a job on ITV’s Coronation Street after leaving the BBC soap.
The Max Branning star’s final episodes are set to air this week and he will exit Albert Square after 15 years.
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Jake, 48, shared his thoughts with The Sun Online and other media regarding where his character will go when he leaves Albert Square.
The actor chuckled: “Is there a job at Coronation Street I think is the first thing.
“No I think he’s got the invite to go and see Lauren in New Zealand and he’s going to go out there and give it a go. Fresh beginnings.”
The iconic Max has been involved in some memorable storylines over the years and Wood reminisced on his favourite moments from his alter-ego's turbulent time in Walford.
“There’s so many moments over the years, all the stuff with Joy Joyner when the characters were getting established, all that stuff was great,” he said.
Jake also recalled the explosive storyline with Max and his affair with Stacey, which reached boiling point on Christmas Day 2007 when he was exposed in front of the entire Branning family and a disconsolate Tanya.
Jake shared: “All the stuff with Bradley and Stacey, you look back now and it’s iconic stuff, especially that Christmas 2007, that Max and Stacey stuff was amazing to play out.
“If I look back over 15 years it has been a crazy roller-coaster ride with that character, you’re just never sure what he was going to get up to next.
“It’s hard to pick out any particular moment but there’s been so many.”
After a successful career on the BBC serial drama, the 2014 Strictly Come Dancing semi-finalist is looking forward to spending more time with his wife Alison and children, Buster and Amber.
The father-of-two explained: “I’m here home-schooling my two children so that’s keeping me busy, I’m grateful to be at home to support them for that.
“It’s nice to be at home for a bit if I’m honest, 15 years hard graft, not at home very much and it’s nice to be home and have a little bit of a break.”
EastEnders spoilers have revealed Max will continue to reel from his split with Linda and feud with Sharon.
Later, viewers will see Max drowning his sorrows with a bottle of whiskey and stumbling around the Square after meeting a clairvoyant called Bea, which will set the stage for his farewell.
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