With co-stars Jo Joyner (Tanya) and Scott Maslen (Jack) set to leave the soap, actor Jake Wood has said he is "very excited" about what's to come for his character Max on EastEnders.
Speaking to Inside Soap, Wood said: "On a personal level, I'm really going to miss both Jo and Scott. But in terms of characters, I think it'll be very interesting to discover how Max will cope without those strong relationships around him.
"We'll have to wait and see exactly what the future holds for him and Kirsty (wife, played by Kierston Wareing), but I'm very excited about the next year ahead."
He added: "Jo is here until May, so there's still plenty to come for Tanya and Max. The characters work as well apart as they do together, and the EastEnders audience has got a real treat in store with what's coming up."