Jake Canuso

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Jake Canuso
Jake Canuso 2015.jpg
Jake Canuso in 2015
Born Carmine Canuso
(1970-01-13) 13 January 1970 (age 46)
Zurich, Switzerland
Nationality Swiss
Occupation Actor, dancer
Years active 1994–1995 (dancer);
2004–present (actor)

Jake Canuso (born Carmine Canuso; 13 January 1970) is a Swiss actor and dancer, who is best known for his role in the Benidorm-based British TV series Benidorm, in which he plays barman Mateo Castellanos.

Early life[edit]

Canuso was born near Zurich, Switzerland, to immigrants from southern Italy. Canuso is fluent in English, High German, Swiss German, Spanish, French and Italian.[citation needed]


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' as well as the video for Carter USM's Let's Get Tattoos and 2 unlimited's 1994 hit, Here I go.

Jake can also be seen dancing in the video for the 1994 hit 'Son of a Gun' by British dance DJ JX known as Jake Williams.

Canuso stars in the ITV comedy series Benidorm as barman Mateo Castellanos and is the sitcom's longest-serving actor alongside Janine Duvitski who plays Jacqueline.

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


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  1. ^ "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. 
  2. ^ "Jake Canuso 'Benidorm cast are like Take That!'". Unreality TV. 2011-02-25. Retrieved 2011-04-01. 

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