EastEnders’ Jake Wood says emotional goodbye as he films final Max Branning scenes after 15 years on soap

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Jake Wood first joined BBC's EastEnders as the Jack the Lad character Max Branning in 2006.

Now, the day has come for the 48-year-old soap star to say goodbye as he prepared to play his character for the final time after 15 years on Albert Square.

Jake confessed it was a "sad day" as he reflected on all the memories with the BBC One show in an emotional video on Instagram.

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The actor shared a message to thank his fans for supporting him over the years as he walked around the famous set, where he rose to fame.

Jake began: "Morning everyone. How are we all? I hope you're well.

"A wet and grey day. It's a strange day for me this, my last day on set, my last day filming EastEnders after 15 years as Max Branning."

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He continued: "Yeah, I'll miss the place. It's the people really for me.

"I've met some amazing people and made some amazing friends. I've just had an incredible, life-changing experience."

The Max Branning star went on to say: "Thank you to everyone for all your messages and support and love.

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"I've really appreciated all of that and who knows what the future brings but today we say goodbye to Max Branning."

He finished off his short clip by adding: "A bit of a sad day but I just wanted to share that with you. Alright guys, take care."

Jake posted the video on his Instagram page with the caption: "That’s a wrap.

"After 15 years on Albert Square it’s finally time to say goodbye to Max Branning today. I will miss Eastenders and the people here so much. Thanks to everyone for all your support."

Jake's friends and fans waded in to wish him all the best, including Jack P Shepherd, who is best known as David Platt in Coronation Street.

He commented underneath: "Shall be very much missed."

Jake's co-star Jo Joyner, who starred as Max Branning's wife Tanya Branning, shared: "You've been fantastic – over & out xx."

One fan went on to reply: "Oh man, Max is one of my favourites," while another said: "My guilty pleasure… noooooo!!!"

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