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EastEnders’ Jake Wood unrecognisable in unearthed ad years before Max role

EastEnders star Jake Wood looked unrecognisable in an unearthed advert which saw him with a blonde head of hair.

The soap actor, 48, was just 26 in the Super Noodles advert, and the Max Branning star looked completely different with spiky blonde locks.

In the video, the former Strictly Come Dancing contestant played a man who was sitting with his girlfriend who wanted a taste of his noodles.

He refused, complaining she's "always" doing this to him, and that he offered to make her some earlier.

Then a dog ate some of his noodles, so his character decided to give the plate to his girlfriend without her knowing they had been chewed on already by the pooch.

According to the YouTube description, the ad was shown during a commercial break from the Channel 4's GamesMaster.

Jake recently revealed the sad news that he's leaving EastEnders after starring in the soap for over a decade.

Confirming the news, Jake said in a heartfelt statement: "I've had 15 wonderful years at EastEnders and have made some truly great friends.

"I'll of course miss everyone there but I'm grateful they have left the door open for Max and I'm excited to see what the next chapter holds."

Executive Producer of EastEnders Jon Sen said: "Jake is a truly wonderful actor and EastEnders have been extremely lucky to have him for so long.

"We have a big storyline for Max that starts in the coming weeks and we are all very excited to see that play out."

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An insider told Mirror Online: "Sometimes in soapland's big characters have to leave.

"Bosses are staying tight lipped about what they have planned for Max but considering he has played a major part in the show for over fifteen years they are clearly planning something big and he will not be departing Walford quietly.

"Everyone will be sad to see Jake go as he is not only a great person to have on set but he’s also a fantastic actor."

EastEnders continues on Thursday at 7.35pm on BBC One.

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