Jake Wood's huge, bushy beard takes Beat The Chasers viewers by surprise
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Jake Wood takes Beat The Chasers viewers by surprise with huge bushy beard

Ex EastEnders star has undergone a transformation!

Jake Wood stunned fans on Beat The Chasers by revealing a huge bushy beard during last night’s episode.

He made a TV return yesterday (May 29) after moving on from his EastEnders role earlier this year.

But while many viewers loved Jake‘s new, hairier look, others were utterly shocked at the dramatic transformation in his appearance.

Jake Wood and Bradley Walsh on Beat The Chasers
Bradley asked the questions and Jake – largely – got the answers (Credit: ITV)

Jake Wood appears on Beat The Chasers

Soap star Jake was taking part in a special celebrity instalment of the ITV quiz hosted by Bradley Walsh.

Other famous faces taking part in the episode included Dom Holy, Brenda Edwards, Krishnan Guru-Murthy and Gregg Wallace.

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Jake, like the other celebrities, was playing to win cash for charity. His chosen good cause was Alzheimer’s Research UK.

However, while Jake played a strong game and tried to win a £70,000 jackpot, his bid fell apart when he was beaten by one question towards the end of his game.

Fan can’t get enough of Jake Wood and his beard

Despite his game’s disappointing climax, many of those watching at home were more preoccupied with his facial fuzz.

One person social media user wrote on Twitter: “Jake Wood’s beard is very satisfying to look at. #BeatTheChasers.”

You can tell he’s loving being away from EastEnders.

Another captivated observer added: “Look at the beard on Jake Wood!”

And a third exclaimed: “Max Branning with a beard! You can tell he’s loving being away from EastEnders.”

How telly viewers know Jake Wood best – as Max Branning in EastEnders (Credit: BBC)

Not all fans were impressed

However, not everyone was happy with the dramatic change in Jake’s grooming habits.

And it seems his fluffier look may have even turned some of his most ardent admirers off him a little bit!

“Right my weird Max Branning crush has really been thrown out the window with that beard on Jake Wood on Beat The Chasers,” someone laughed.

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Another tweeted in disappointment: “Oh I don’t like Jake Wood with a beard at all #BeatTheChasers.”

And yet another person pondered: “Max from EastEnders… what is with that beard? Bloody hell #beatthechasers.”

Jake Wood smiles on Beat The Chasers
What did you make to the beard on Jake Wood? (Credit: ITV Hub)

Hair today, gone… a few days ago actually

Despite Jake’s beard causing quite a stir on social media last night, his followers have known about his furry face for some time.

But it seems the growth is not here to stay. In fact, by the time Jake’s beard gained mainstream recognition it had already gone.

The 48-year-old actor revealed to Instagram followers earlier this week that he has a trimmed chin once again.

“Beard is no more,” he captioned a pic of him looking very hair-free.

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Beat The Chasers is available to watch on ITV Hub.

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