Jake Canuso

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Jake Canuso
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Jake Canuso in 2015
Born
Jake Canuso

Zurich, Switzerland
NationalitySwiss
Occupation
  • Actor
Years active1998–present
Known forRole of Mateo Castellanos in: Benidorm (2007–2018)
Benidorm Live (2018–2019)

Jake Canuso is a Swiss actor, who is known for his role in the ITV comedy series Benidorm , in which he played the Solana barman Mateo Castellanos from 2007 until 2018.

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Personal life

Canuso was born near Zurich, Switzerland, to immigrants from southern Italy. He moved to the UK when he was 18 years old. [1]

Canuso survived the Indian Ocean tsunami on 26 December 2004, [2] [3] whilst on holiday in Ko Phra Thong, Thailand. [4] He climbed a tree after seeing the first waves, and was trapped underwater after the tree snapped. [2] He developed aquaphobia and did not swim in water for several years.

Career

Previously a dancer, Canuso appeared dressed as a ballet dancer in the music video for "No More I Love You's" by Annie Lennox. He also appeared in the video of Kakko's 1990 song "We Should Be Dancing", JX's "Son of a Gun", Alex Party's "Don't Give Me Your Life", Carter USM's "Let's Get Tattoos", 2 unlimited's "Here I Go", and Emma Bunton's "Crickets Sing for Anamaria". Canuso also toured as a dancer for acts including the Spice Girls, Elton John and Annie Lennox. [5] He also appeared as a dancer on Top of the Pops . [1]

Canuso stars in the ITV comedy series Benidorm as flirtatious barman Mateo Castellanos and is the sitcom's longest-serving actor, appearing in all 74 episodes. [6] Canuso was chosen along with several other members of the cast to star in Benidorm Live , a touring stage adaptation of the show. [7]

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

Notable work

Television

Film

Theatre

YearTitleRoleLocation
2015–2016 Jack & the Beanstalk Jack Alhambra Theatre, Bradford
2014–2015 Aladdin TBCThe Forum, Billingham
2017–2018 Mother Goose' TBC Sheffield Lyceum, Sheffield
2018–2019 Benidorm Live Mateo CastellanosUK tour with 250 shows
2019–2020AladdinThe Genie New Theatre, Hull

Other work

Music videos

Video games

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References

  1. 1 2 Benidorm Live Podcast 2 - Jake Canuso , retrieved 1 April 2019
  2. 1 2 Jake Canuso [@JakeCanuso] (26 December 2010). "Today 6 years ago i survived the Tsunami,thanks to a stubborn tree. Unfortunately some of my friends and thousands of others werent so lucky" (Tweet) via Twitter.
  3. Dixon, Laura. "Tsunami survivor Jake Canuso's terror at diving lessons".
  4. http://www.whatsontv.co.uk/news/jake-canuso-a-tree-saved-my-life-in-the-tsunami-214275/
  5. Features. "An Interview with Jake Canuso | The Enquirer Newspaper" . Retrieved 1 April 2019.
  6. Benidorm (TV Series 2007– ) - IMDb , retrieved 1 April 2019
  7. "Benidorm on Stage". www.benidormonstage.com. Retrieved 1 April 2019.
  8. "Jake Canuso (visual voices guide)". Behind The Voice Actors. Retrieved 28 September 2021. A green check mark indicates that a role has been confirmed using a screenshot (or collage of screenshots) of a title's list of voice actors and their respective characters found in its opening and/or closing credits and/or other reliable sources of information.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: postscript (link)