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Kenneth Du Beke
Occupation Salon Manager, Illegal Cab Driver (formally), Certified forklift operator
Mother Brenda
Last appearance Series 10, Episode 9
Duration 2011-2018
Number of appearances 52

Kenneth Du Beke[1] is a gay character Benidorm, played by Tony Maudsley. Kenneth is a gay and lard-arsed colleague of Troy and Gavin Ramsbottom. He arrives with Gavin for the first time at the Solana while Troy stays at home with his dying father. Kenneth takes advantage of Gavin and tries to get as much of his free holiday as possible. Kenneth takes Gavin to "The Benidorm Museum of Culture" and then sarcastically finds out its been closed for years and then takes him to a gay nudist beach. His name is a reference to dancer Anton Du Beke.

Series 4[]

Kenneth first appears at the Solana with his colleague Gavin Ramsbottom, where he is having breakfast, complaining about his weight. He keeps saying that Gavin never has any fun and keep pressuring him to have a good time. He says he will take a Gavin to a museum which Kenneth knows is closed and instead takes him to a gay nudist beach, much to the horror of Gavin. Gavin fires him, just before Kenneth resigns. He then chooses to stay on for another week in Benidorm, much to the annoyance of Gavin.

Series 5[]

At the start of Series 5, Kenneth now runs his own beauty salon in the Solana, which he names "Blow 'n' Go". He takes a massive dislike to Joyce Temple-Savage, the new manageress of the hotel. Kenneth later goes on a stag night with Mick Garvey and his family and gets Mick's son Michael drunk. He later goes on another night out and doesn't return until the following morning, extremely hungover.His key won't fit the salon locks as Joyce has changed them, and she tells Kenneth that she has shut it down because he is behind with his rent. Disgusted, he attacks Joyce, and they have a fight around the hotel until Joyce knocks Kenneth's front teeth out. They later come to a deal that Joyce will pay for new teeth and re-open the salon. Kenneth's new teeth are whiter and larger than his old, making them differ from the others, and is mocked by several hotel guests. At the end of the series, Kenneth hires Liam Conroy to work at the salon as a nail therapist.

Series 6[]

In Series 6 Kenneth appears yet again as Head Stylist and Founder of the Blow 'n' Go Salon, based in the Solana. This series marks the first time he has a co-worker, Liam (ex-Solana Maintenance Staff), who Kenneth describes as a "nail therapist". In one episode Kenneth promotes the Salon by purchasing an Inflatable Advertising Man, holding a banner showcasing an offer by Blow 'n' Go. Later on in Series 6, Mateo Castellanos gets challenged by a young man called Jason, posing to be in need of a job, whereas he is planning to thieve from the Hotel. Kenneth sees Jason looking through Joyce's drawers and proceeds to question him.

In one episode, Kenneth thinks one of his elderly customers has died in his salon. He takes the OAP outside then leaves her on the street. The same night she returned to pay for her treatment, scaring both Liam and Kenneth. Kenneth runs into an old friend of his Mother, 'Uncle' Herbert, who takes over the lease of Blow 'n' Go, allowing him to run the Salon rent-free.

Series 7[]

Kenneth is still the owner of Blow 'n' Go in series 7 and Liam is still working for him. Kenneth starts the series by hiring a psychic medium who is a regular customer in the salon. She attempts to contact the ghost of Kenneth's mum, Brenda, however instead passes on a message from Mel Harvey, intended for the Garveys, which confuses Kenneth because he does not know what the point of the message is. He kicks the medium out in complete disgust. Further in the series, Blow 'n' Go start offering Botox sessions, much to the interest of Joyce Temple Savage who books 5 free sessions, in return for her loyalty in not passing on information about Kenneth's illegal service. After the first session, Joyce's face stiffens and she collapses in Neptune's. The next day, Kenneth sets off to find out what chemicals are in the Botox given to Joyce, however his Chinese friend Mr Wu proves difficult and keeps making jokes about Kenneth's weight. Eventually Mr Wu explains that the "Botox" contained drugs that are used to cause paralysis in dogs with rabies. Kenneth hires a vet to examine Joyce Temple Savage, and after holding her down to keep her calm, she is injected by the vet to counteract the rabies one given by Kenneth.

Series 8[]

Herbert's doorman, Norman the Doorman, returns and announces that Herbet has died two weeks previously in a freak hair straightening accident, and tells Kenneth that Herbert will leave all the salons he owns to Kenneth in his will, asking Kenneth for a job. Kenneth gives him short shrift, and when it is revealed at Herbert's will-reading that it is in fact Norman inheriting the salons, he charges Kenneth a hefty rent in revenge, And All that Kenneth was left in Herbert's will were Herbert's false teeth however Troy and Jacqueline step in to buy the learn off of Norman, and they and Kenneth become partners.

Series 9[]

One morning Liam, stumbles into the salon. only to find out the place had been trashed, towels everywhere, wigs on the floor, clothes and posters everywhere. Liam cautiously goes into the backroom of the salon, holding a hair brush and saying I got a gun thinking there's an intruder. only to find Kenneth, the room is littered with food boxes, clothes, etc. Some time has passed and Kenneth explains why he's sleeping in the salon and not at his flat. he says he hasn't got one and he wants to make the salon a bedsit at night. and a treatment room during the day. suddenly, someone steps into the salon wanting a haircut. Kenneth sits the man down, Meanwhile, Liam starts cutting his hair. The man suddenly realizes that Kenneth has a picture of Herbert on the wall. he learns that Herbert was Kenneth's uncle. but not by birth. Kenneth Learns that he was Herbert's dentist. He offers 50 euros for the teeth, He offers more up until 150 euros. Kenneth Declines. He gives his business card, Kenneth learns that his name is Stanley. Kenneth is a bit suspicious.

Sometime Afterwards, Kenneth and Liam Take the teeth to Stanley. He states that he offered Kenneth too much money for the teeth. he offers 50 euros, Kenneth Declines and wants 300 euros for the teeth. he says that he will throw them in the sea if he doesn't pay up. they fight over the teeth, they break open, Revealing solid gold on the inside, making them worth a fortune, explaining why Stanley was so desperate to get his hands on them. Kenneth gets 1,400 euros for them. Kenneth talks about renting a flat in the old town. Liam offers to be a flatmate.

Meanwhile, Kenneth is waiting for Jacqueline someone comes up to him thinking he's a taxi driver, he wants a ride into Benidorm. it will cost 80 euros but the man wants to pay 100 euros. Kenneth gives him a ride into Benidorm. Kenneth gets an idea about running a taxi business, but behind Troy's back. The man Kenneth gave a ride into Benidorm came in the salon crying. explaining that he came to Benidorm to surprise his girlfriend to propose to her. but she secretly got back with her ex. Some days pass And Kenneth does more Taxi runs. Troy keeps texting Kenneth. knowing what's happening. in the salon without being there. he knows something or someone is spying on him.

Kenneth goes into the salon. he heard Liam talking about him. and they have a disagreement. Kenneth looks for a new flatmate to replace Liam. he doesn't end up finding a new flatmate. Meanwhile a few days later. Kenneth, Troy, and Liam have a business meeting Troy is opening a new salon and is looking for a manager to manage his salon. Kenneth goes into the conversation thinking Troy is gunna ask him but it turns out he is going to ask Liam. a day later troy is looking for some models for his salon. he pays Kenneth 350 euros to find models and buy a camera. Kenneth finds models Joey and Tiger. They get all the cameras set up and go looking for tiger and Joey. but they are nowhere to be found. Liam finds them in the old town, Brings them back and does their haircut while drunk. the next morning, Troy stumbles into Kenneth and Liam Asleep on the salon floor And we find out they did good jobs on the haircuts. later in the evening Kenneth Recognises Malcolm. and says he is someone called Dennis. He talks to him again later on in Neptune's. Kenneth antagonizes Malcolm and says to show him a tattoo with Kenneth names on it. Kenneth finds out Malcolm has a tattoo with Kenneth's name on him. he finds out it is Dennis walker from Leeds. some time has passed and Kenneth goes on a trip to a circus with the residents of the Solana because joyce had to evacuate the hotel because of a problem that happened in the Solana which could cost her job.

Series 10[]

Jaqueline Stewart thought Kenneth has died after swimming through the ocean after Joyce's wedding to Monty on Peacock Island. While Kenneth is missing, Stanley Keen returns and claims to Jacqueline that he is an old friend of Kenneth's. Jacqueline lets him turn Blow 'n' Go into a dental surgery, which makes Kenneth furious upon his return, and he turfs out Stanley, but not before the dentist tries to kill him.

Kenneth explains his absence after the attempted swim, revealing he was rescues by a passing boat, piloted by a handsome gay man, Vladimir, whom Kenneth entered into a relationship, and gushed about, however Kenneth soon tires of Vladimir, but Vlad is completely obsessed with him and won't leave him alone. Vladimir was previously in a heterosexual marriage, and has children, but he came out as gay to his wife and left her for Kenneth.

To get rid of Vlad, Kenneth pretends that he is also a homosexual in a heterosexual marriage, to Sam Wood, and that they also have kids. They put on a show in front of Vlad, snogging exaggeratedly. When he has a moment alone with Kenneth after this, Vlad sadly states that they cannot be together, as he does not want Kenneth to lose his "kids" like Vlad lost his, as his wife will not let him see his. Vlad leaves.

In Episode 8, the entrance to Blow 'n' Go is mistakenly bricked up and painted over by construction workers who had no idea Kenneth was inside, as Kenneth was sleeping in the back room after being up into the night getting drunk the previous night. Trapped inside, Kenneth has a severe breakdown, talking to a mannequin he calls 'Britney', badly cutting off his own hair and eating hair wax. By the time Liam, Jacqueline and Sam realise he is inside and break down the wall, he has already escaped via a vent. He bursts through the stage at Neptune's Bar, screaming and crying and completely covered in various hair products, terrifying the bar guests.

In Episode 8, to fix the botched haircut he gave himself while trapped inside his salon, Kenneth gets a radical new haircut, a buzzcut with a pattern shaved into it, which is widely mocked, with Joyce telling him he looks ridiculous. He is indignant, claiming it to be "Jose Luiz's finest work." He also threatens to take Joyce to court for attempted murder for trapping him in the Solana.