EastEnders star Jake Wood is "gutted" after losing a major US voiceover job

Posted by on Nov 17, 2015 in Voice-Over | 0 comments

After 10 years in the role, EastEnders actor Jake Wood has revealed that he has been replaced as the voice of the Geico Gecko.

The star took to Twitter to announce his disappointment at the news, adding that the change saw “10 years undone in an instant”.

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news but this is the new voice of the geico gecko. 10 years undone in an instant ๐Ÿ‘Ž๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ˜ž https://t.co/1WhogcOHzt

โ€” Jake Wood (@mrjakedwood) November 15, 2015

The new voiceover is a far cry from the Cockney accent the Geico Gecko used to sport under Wood’s engagement, and led to a number of furious fans venting their anger on Twitter.

Wood even got involved with one social media exchange and explained the reason behind the voice swap, saying: “Hi. Geico sacked me because I refused a huge pay cut. Nice huh?”

The Geico Gecko is the American equivalent of Compare the Market’s Aleksander Orlov – so imagine his voice being replaced, and you’ll get a sense of how the American public are feeling right now:โ€‹

The Geico gecko has a new voice and everything I thought I knew is wrong.

โ€” David Peterson (@dpete689) November 6, 2015

They changed the voice actor for the Geico gecko and every bone in my body is crushed

โ€” Brandon Cruz (@brand_cruz) November 8, 2015

In the UK, Wood is best known for his role as Max Branning in EastEndersย although the star is currently taking a year-long break from the show and his temporary final scenes were broadcast in October.

Wood will return to EastEnders next year, but in the meantime you can re-live the experience of his iconic accent in the Geico Gecko advert below:


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