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Overview (3)

Born in Westminster, London, England, UK
Birth NameJake Dylan Wood
Height 5' 9¾" (1.77 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Jake Dylan Wood (born 12 July 1972) is a British actor, best known in his native United Kingdom for playing Max Branning in long-running BBC soap opera EastEnders and in the United States as the voice of the GEICO gecko. He is also well known as Kill Crazy in the eighth series of the sitcom Red Dwarf.

Wood was born in Westminster, London, England and he trained as an actor at the Anna Scher Drama School in Islington, North London.

His first acting role was in the 1984 television series The Gentle Touch.

He has since appeared in several television series including May to December, Minder, Only Fools and Horses, Nightingales, Murder in Mind, Press Gang, London's Burning, Sean's Show, Inspector Morse, One Foot in the Grave, Red Dwarf, A Touch of Frost, The Bill, Le Café des Rêves, Sea of Souls and Doc Martin. He made a cameo appearance as a carol singer on The Thin Blue Line and has appeared in the films Vera Drake (2004), The Aryan Couple (2004), The Illusionist (2006) opposite Edward Norton and "Dad Savage" (1998) with Patrick Stewart.

Wood starred in the 1989 Yellow Pages TV Advert, entitled "Party Party" and, as of the 2010s, has been the voice of the GEICO gecko ads on American television. Wood also featured alongside Cobent CTO and ex-Metal Hammer journalist Tony Dillon as part of a team presenting Click, a computer games magazine on VHS video in the early 1990s.

Wood also played the eldest son, Dougie, in sitcom family The Wilsons.

In June 2006, he joined the BBC soap opera EastEnders playing Max Branning. In March 2008, he took paternity leave and re-appeared on screen on 23 June 2008. For his work in EastEnders, he has won awards at the British Soap Awards and Inside Soap Awards.

In 1989, Wood appeared in Only Fools and Horses as an assistant for Rodney Trotter (Nicholas Lyndhurst), in the episode The Jolly Boys' Outing.

In the 8th series of Red Dwarf he played Kill Crazy, a prison inmate.

Wood took part in the 12th series of Strictly Come Dancing. He was partnered with Janette Manrara, reaching the semi-final.

In May 2015, Wood announced that he would be taking a year long break from EastEnders. Wood said "I have been at EastEnders for nine years and I feel the time is right to give Max a break. It won't be for too long as I shall be back next year to see Max face another chapter of drama.

Wood is a fan of Arsenal and took part in the 2007 Great North Run.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Anonymous

Spouse (1)

Alison Murray (11 August 2001 - present) (2 children)

Trivia (18)

Loves running - especially the BUPA Great North Run - does it in times of 1 hour 59 minutes (2007 result).
His favourite actor is Jon Voight.
Trained at The Anna Scher Theatre School.
Is an avid supporter of Arsenal Football Club.
Is an only child.
Was in attendance at the wedding of his EastEnders (1985) co-star Samantha Womack to Mark Womack (17 May 2009).
Was in a relationship with Alison Murray for six years before they married.
His close friend Kacey Ainsworth recommended him for the role of Max Branning on EastEnders (1985).
Ranked #26 in the 100 Greatest EastEnders (1985) Characters of All Time for his performance as Max Branning (2010).
Ranked #15 in The 100 Greatest EastEnders (1985) Characters of All Time for his performance as Max Branning (2015).
Participated in the 12th series of Strictly Come Dancing (2004) in 2014, partnered with Janette Manrara, finishing 5th out of 15 celebrities.
Is one of 21 EastEnders (1985) actors to compete on Strictly Come Dancing (2004). The others, in chronological order, are Christopher Parker (Spencer Moon), 'Jill Halfpenny (Kate Mitchell), 'Patsy Palmer' (Bianca Jackson), Louisa Lytton (Ruby Allen), Letitia Dean (Sharon Rickman), Matt Di Angelo (Dean Wicks), Phil Daniels (Kevin Wicks), Gillian Taylforth (Kathy Mitchell), Jessie Wallace (Kat Moon), Zöe Lucker (Vanessa Gold), Ricky Groves (Garry Hobbs), Natalie Cassidy (Sonia Fowler), Jimi Mistry (Fred Fonseca), Scott Maslen (Jack Branning), Kara Tointon (Dawn Swann), Anita Dobson (Angie Watts), Sid Owen (Ricky Butcher), Kellie Bright (Linda Carter), Tameka Empson (Kim Fox-Hubbard) and Davood Ghadami (Kush Kazemi).
Became a father for the 1st time at age 32 when his wife Alison gave birth to their daughter Amber Bo Wood on 3 March 2005.
Became a father for the 2nd time at age 35 when his wife Alison gave birth to their son Buster Wood on 31 January 2008.
As of 2018 he is the 7th-longest serving actor in the history of EastEnders (1985) (tied with John Bardon and Jamie Borthwick, and behind Adam Woodyatt, Steve McFadden, Perry Fenwick, Sid Owen, Rudolph Walker, and a tied Mike Reid and Todd Carty), having played the character Max Branning for 12 years (from 2006 onwards).
Was in attendance at the wedding of his EastEnders (1985) on-screen daughter Jacqueline Jossa to Dan Osborne on June 24, 2017.
Was in attendance at his EastEnders (1985) co-star Lacey Turner's wedding to Matt Kaye in Ibiza on September 2, 2017.
Son of John and Joelle (née Girard) Wood.

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