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Jake Canuso

Mateo Castellanos[1] is the only main Spanish character in the series. He is a rude, obnoxious, and arrogant womanizer who more-often-than-not gets his own way. He is a dirty pig as most say. As a member of staff at the hotel, he has the job of looking after the pool bar - and is a prime location to chat up the female guests.


Series 1[]

When the guests first arrive in Series 1, Mateo takes an interest in Kate Weedon, and despite the fact she is married to Martin Weedon he constantly flirts with her. In Series 1 Episode 3, he ends up sleeping with Kate, which upsets his fiancé Kelly, and both women find out and slap him. Mateo obviously has no interest in either woman because in the next episode he sleeps with Troy Ramsbottom. (concluding that he is a secret mufalata).

Series 2[]

In Series 2, he has forgotten about Kate. When she returns to the Solana, he starts flirting with Kate again whilst unaware of the fact that he slept with her last year. He eventually remembers her when she slaps him again. In Series 2 episode 3, he has an arm wrestling contest with Martin Weedon, who was determined to beat Mateo after he slept with his wife last year. When they take the guests to watch bullfighting, Mateo ends up becoming the Torero, to the 'bull' ands up being a dog, as the whole event was just a front to advertise a food processor. In Series 2 Episode 5, Mateo tries to get back with his old flame, Kelly. Unfortunately Kelly's mother (Sylvia) is in town and she doesn't suffer fools gladly.

Series 3[]

In Series 3 Mateo helps Mel Harvey arrange a meeting with the 'owner' of Peacock Island. He also incorrectly tells Noreen Maltby that her son Geoff is gay. Martin's new travel friend Brandy catches Mateo's eye.

Series 4[]

In Series 4, one of Mateo's old loves, Natalie Jones, arrives, however her friend Sam Wood is determined to make sure they do not get back together. In Series 4 Episode 3, swinger Donald Stewart has a heart attack during one of Mateo's aerobic seasons. Mateo almost loses his job until Les Conroy helps him get it back. In return Mateo offers to go on a double date with Les. However, the catch is he has to be in drag for the date, like Les. While Mateo is waiting outside, the police mistake him for a prostitute and arrest him.

Series 5[]

In Series 5, Mateo is Helping and teaching Liam on how to start a conversation with a woman. Liam gives a try to Mateo's advice. It doesn't end well when Trudy knocks Liam out. Afterwards, Mateo takes a dip in the pool, not knowing the new managerJoyce Temple Savage is spying on them during the day. Mateo dislikes the new manager a lot. Talking about her wanting to be sacked and removed from the job. Trudy takes a liking to Mateo and tries to get close to him. But it doesn't end well. Some time later, Mateo learns that Victor St James is coming to the hotel to review it and he must cook up a traditional Spanish dish for him. Liam ends up burning the food and Les Makes up a meal for him instead. Kenneth learns that Mateo had a fling with Troy some years ago and thinks he's a secret Mufalata.


• ‘Spanish Bastard’ -Madge Harvey

• 'Rude Pig' -Madge Harvey

• ‘The Barman’ - Various

• ‘Dirty Diego’ -Trudy

• ’Dick’ -Various

• Potato- Geoff Maltby

• ‘Dirty Spaniard’ -Bianca Dyke

• ‘Secret Whoopsie’ -Kenneth DuBeke

• ‘Slime Ball’ -Sam Wood


Mateo Castellano/Gallery


  • Mateo is the only character to appear in every episode of Benidorm. Jacqueline Stewart comes second place for the most appearances, as she appeared in 73 out of the 74 episodes.