Eastenders actor reveals his wife was almost eaten by alligator during family holiday

Eastenders actor reveals his wife was almost eaten by alligator during family holiday

Jake Wood has recalled how his wife narrowly escaped being eaten by an alligator during a family holiday to Florida in 2014.

The EastEnders actor, 46, was in the US state with his wife Alison and their children Buster and Amber when they encountered the animal during a boat trip.

Alison had jumped out of the boat when Wood, who plays hardman Max Branning in the BBC soap, spotted the alligator approaching from 15 feet away.

Jake Wood’s wife narrowly escaped an alligator in Florida (Andrew Forsyth/PA)
Jake Wood’s wife narrowly escaped an alligator in Florida (Andrew Forsyth/PA)

Wood told the Daily Star he had shouted for her to get out of the water during their trip to the Everglades National Park.

He said: “I almost lost my wife to an alligator in Florida.

“We were out in a boat and she needed to get out. So, she was standing in the water, about 15 feet away I see this thing floating down the river.

“So I’m looking at it and thinking: ‘It’s got to be a log or something. Got to be a log.’

Jake Wood with his wife Alison Murray and children Amber and Buster (John Stillwell/PA)
Jake Wood with his wife Alison Murray and children Amber and Buster (John Stillwell/PA)

“All of a sudden it f***ing goes down and I f***ing see an eye. All the kids are screaming, I’m screaming: ‘Get back in the boat’.

“As soon as an alligator goes underwater you don’t know where it is, it was horrible.”

Former Strictly Come Dancing contestant Wood said the incident had affected his children and thinking about it still made him “squiffy”.

- Press Association

More on this topic

Amber Gill must choose between Michael Griffiths and Limerick man Greg O’Shea on Love IslandAmber Gill must choose between Michael Griffiths and Limerick man Greg O’Shea on Love Island

Peaky Blinders star says politicians are worse than gangstersPeaky Blinders star says politicians are worse than gangsters

Danny John-Jules: Judge my Strictly stint on dancing not gossipDanny John-Jules: Judge my Strictly stint on dancing not gossip

Oti Mabuse: Strictly judge role not one I ever really wantedOti Mabuse: Strictly judge role not one I ever really wanted

More in this Section

Joanne McNally is putting on a free gig in Cork tonightJoanne McNally is putting on a free gig in Cork tonight

Six things to know about Cats ahead of Friday’s trailer releaseSix things to know about Cats ahead of Friday’s trailer release

Love Island’s Joanna: Seeing Michael try to crack on with Amber is hard to watchLove Island’s Joanna: Seeing Michael try to crack on with Amber is hard to watch

Paul McCartney writing stage musical of It’s A Wonderful Life in career firstPaul McCartney writing stage musical of It’s A Wonderful Life in career first


Lifestyle

A continence expert from the children’s bowel and bladder charity ERIC gives advice on how parents can help stop older children bed-wetting.Ask an expert: How can I help my child stop wetting the bed?

A quick spritz can make all the difference to your complexion, says Katie Wright.What a difference a spray makes: 9 of the best facial mists for every skin type

Athlete and mum-of-two Jo Pavey has teamed up with a childcare expert and Simplyhealth to inspire families to embrace active fun. By Lisa Salmon.9 ways to keep kids entertained and active this summer

Sorting out Cork people for ages...Ask Audrey: Don’t tell me you’re getting party-hosting tips from some kind of middle manager

More From The Irish Examiner