Former EastEnders star Jake Wood reveals his delight he can finally grow a beard after leaving soap

He bid farewell to Albert Square last week after 15 years on the soap.

And former EastEnders star Jake Wood shared his delight at being able to finally grow a beard during an appearance on Tuesday’s Good Morning Britain.

The actor, 48, told Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid that he was never able to have more than just stubble because he had to maintain continuity for his character Max Branning in the soap.

‘My wife hates it!’ Former EastEnders star Jake Wood revealed on Tuesday he’s delight he can finally grow a beard after being forced to keep it the same length for 15 YEARS for the soap

Jake, who sported a bushy beard quite unlike what viewers will be used to seeing him have, joked his ‘wife hates’ his facial hair. 

‘The wife hates it, but what can you do? I want to go full ZZ Top,’ he admitted, as he asked Piers about growing a beard before adding: ‘It’s the first time in 15 years I don’t have to keep my stubble the same.’

Jake also went on to talk about his departure from the soap, admitting that it was ‘sad’ to watch his final episode with his wife.

Look: The actor told Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid that he was never able to have more than just stubble because he had to maintain continuity for his character Max Branning (pictured)

Look: The actor told Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid that he was never able to have more than just stubble because he had to maintain continuity for his character Max Branning (pictured)

Amused: Jake, who sported a bushy beard quite unlike what viewers will be used to seeing him have, joked his 'wife hates' his facial hair

Amused: Jake, who sported a bushy beard quite unlike what viewers will be used to seeing him have, joked his ‘wife hates’ his facial hair

He explained: ‘It was sad. It was a bit weird for me because I finished filing in mid-December so I’ve been away for three months really, my wife and I watched it we invited the kids but they weren’t really interested.

’15 years is a long time on any show, it was an emotional moment. But it’d been three months so it had been a while since I was on set, but the messages I got was great.’ 

Max turned his back on Albert Square after realising there was nothing left for him there and in a heartbreaking moment, he left behind his granddaughter Abi after realising she’d be better off being raised by Rainie and Stuart. 

Changes: Jake said he wanted to go 'full ZZ Top' before adding: 'It's the first time in 15 years I don't have to keep my stubble the same'

Changes: Jake said he wanted to go ‘full ZZ Top’ before adding: ‘It’s the first time in 15 years I don’t have to keep my stubble the same’

Departure: Of leaving the soap, he went on: '15 years is a long time on any show, it was an emotional moment. But it'd been three months so it had been a while since I was on set'

Departure: Of leaving the soap, he went on: ’15 years is a long time on any show, it was an emotional moment. But it’d been three months so it had been a while since I was on set’

Following his exit after 15 years on the soap, Jacqueline Jossa paid a touching tribute to her onscreen dad Jake with a plethora of throwback snaps as she gushed: ‘You are a legend.’  

The Walford bad boy decided to bid farewell after his one-time love Linda Carter once again rejected him and declared that she doesn’t love him, despite him getting the Queen Vic back for her.

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