Jake Wood is missing his kids

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 25 November 2014
Jake Wood

Jake Wood

Jake Wood admits he isn't seeing as much of his two young children, Amber, nine, and Buster, six, as he would like to because of his busy 'Strictly Come Dancing' schedule

Jake Wood is missing his children because he's training so hard on 'Strictly Come Dancing.

The 'EastEnders' star twerked his way to the top of the leaderboard last weekend with a near-perfect score of 38 for his samba, and although he is really enjoying the experience he has found it frustrating spending less time with his kids, Amber, nine, and Buster, six.

He said: "It's tough. I'm not seeing as much of the kids as I'd like, normally I'd do the school run a few times a week."

The 42-year-old actor - who has appeared as Max Branning in the BBC One soap since 2006 - began dancing on the competition in September, and has shown a great improvement to become one of the favourites to win the Glitterball Trophy, along with pop stars Pixie Lott and Frankie Bridge.

Despite the gruelling rehearsals and tough training, Jake is still loving working with his dance partner Janette Manrara and is very proud that his kids and wife Alison Wood are rooting for him ever week.

He gushed: "They've done a score board for me at home on the wall and have little tea parties when the show is on. It's just a real family experience, they are really proud of me."

The handsome actor is now looking forward to having a good break at Christmas when the dancing competition is over.

He said: "It's fine as there's a cut-off - we're focused on having a lovely family Christmas and shutting the door. I have a two-week break from 'EastEnders' too."

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