Strictly Come Dancing: Meet Jake Wood and Janette Manrara

EastEnders star Jake Wood is "so far" out of his comfort zone on Strictly, but he's embracing the fake tan, sequins and tight trousers anyway...


It’s no surprise that Jake Wood, aka EastEnders’ Max Branning, is feeling a little daunted by his new part in Strictly Come Dancing.


“I’m so far out of my comfort zone,” he tells “I’ve never trained to dance, I don’t really ever dance in public or at parties.”

His professional dancing partner Janette Manrara is confident he’ll excel, though.

“He’s surprised me already… he’s got a good lead, he’s got his snake hips,” she says.

And feeling a little uncomfortable isn’t going to stop Jake from getting in the true Strictly spirit.

“I’m embracing the sequins, the tight trousers… It’s got to be one of the best shows on TV, hasn’t it? Apart from EastEnders.”


Strictly Come Dancing starts on Friday 26th September at 9:00pm on BBC1