Jake Canuso

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Jake Canuso (born Carmine Canuso on 13 January 1970) is an actor best known for his role in Benidorm-based British TV series aired on ITV, Benidorm, playing barman Mateo Castellanos.

Early life[edit]

Canuso was born near Zurich, Switzerland, to immigrants from southern Italy. Canuso speaks 6 languages.[1][third-party source needed] Canuso is fluent in English, German, Spanish, French, Swiss-German and Italian.[citation needed]

He was once in a devastating tsunami in Thailand.


Previously a dancer, Canuso appeared dressed as a ballet dancer in the music video for 'No More I Love Yous' by Annie Lennox and also appeared in the video of Alex Party's 1995 hit single 'Don't Give Me Your Life'.

Canuso stars in the ITV comedy series Benidorm, playing barman Mateo Castellanos.

In January 2013, Canuso participated in ITV diving show Splash!, hosted by Tom Daley.


Television acting[edit]

Guest appearances[edit]

Video games[edit]


  1. ^ "Jake Canuso". Vivienne Clore (The Richard Stone Partnership). Retrieved 2012-10-29. [third-party source needed]
  2. ^ "Fans Can Be Touch Too Much". The Mirror. 25 February 2011. p. 37. "Jake Canuso has grabbed lots of attention for his humorous portrayal of Benidorm's lecherous lothario Mateo - so no wonder his admirers are all very hands-on... 'I go to the gym three or four times a week,' says Jake, a former dancer with the Spice Girls. 'When you're half naked on the screen you have to do a bit of body maintenance." 
  3. ^ "Jake Canuso 'Benidorm cast are like Take That!'". Unreality TV. 2011-02-25. Retrieved 2011-04-01. 

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