EastEnders star Jake Wood shows off ripped six-pack and muscles in steamy topless snap – leaving fans swooning

EASTENDERS star Jake Wood left followers swooning as he showed off his ripped six-pack on Instagram today.

The 48-year-old star's final scenes as Walford Lothario Max Branning will air next week, but fans will still be able to get their fix online.

The actor took to his popular social media page this afternoon to share the smouldering snap, which showed off his impressive muscles and rock solid abs.

Jake is staring directly into the camera, unsmiling, and simply captioned the post: "??❤️".

Fans couldn't believe their eyes at the hunky pic, and flocked to the comment section to share their admiration.

One wrote: "That’s brightened my day!! ?"

Another agreed: "Hot hot hot ??"

A third echoed: "Jesus! ?? I can’t cope with this!"

Jake did not state whether or not the photo was a throwback, but if it isn't then it means he has shaved the impressive ginger beard that wowed his fans earlier this month.

Proving that he wasted no time in ditching his EastEnders alter ego for good, Jake decided to completely transform his image with the impressive facial hair.

Taking to his Instagram page, Jake previously posted a selfie taken from a low angle to show off the true extent of his beard.

Covering the entirety of his chin, upper lip, and his lower cheeks, Jake has kept his fuzz trimmed and well groomed.

He simply captioned the post: "#BeardWatch."

Jake first joined EastEnders in 2006, with his character Max always being either completely clean-shaven or having very minimal stubble.

However, the attention-grabbing beard had started to emerge by the time he filmed his final scenes in December.

The star announced in September that he will be leaving Walford – although confirmed that Max is not going to be killed off so he can return in the future.

He wrote on Instagram at the time: "I have loved playing Max Branning who amongst other things in that time has had four marriages, ten affairs, four children (two dying from falling from the roof of The Queen Vic), been buried alive, watched unwanted DVDs at Xmas and perhaps most traumatising of all… shared a hot tub with Ian Beale.

"I have made some truly great friends whilst on the show and I’ll miss everyone there. I’m grateful they have left the door open for Max and I’m excited to see what new horizons are around the corner."

He has since teased fans with a glimpse into what the future holds, including taking on the role of director for a new project.

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