Jake Canuso

Mateo

Jake Canuso started his career as a dancer and at the tender age of 16 became the youngest member of Zurich’s leading contemporary dance company. The following year Jake was invited to Paris to work with internationally recognised choreographer Redha Benteifour which culminated in a lengthy run at the Paris Opera including performances directed by Roman Polanski.

Following his success in Paris he moved to London via New York and a career that lasted nearly 2 decades followed (and helped him become fluent in six languages). On arrival in the UK, now aged 18, Jake began performing on UK television shows such as The Les Dawson Show and The Les Dennis Laughter Show. He also performed at The Royal Variety Show for Prince Charles and Princess Diana.

Over the years Jake worked with some of the world’s leading choreographers and dance companies, eventually taking a more commercial route appearing on numerous episodes of iconic British TV music show Top of the Pops. He performed, choreographed and toured the world with some of the world’s biggest recording artists including Annie Lennox, The Pet Shop Boys, Kylie Minogue, Bananarama, Take That, Elton John and The Spice Girls.
Jake finally crossed over as an actor and has built up an extensive CV. Widely known as Mateo in the hugely successful ”Benidorm” for ITV, his most recent television credits include “Snatch” (Sony), “Drunk History” (Tiger Aspect/Comedy Central), ”Bad Education” (BBC / Tiger Aspect), ”Cardinal Burns” (Left Bank / Channel 4), ”The Bible” (Ch5), ”The Hour” (BBC), “ Keen Eddie” ( Paramount),‘‘Hustle’’(BBC) , “ Suburban Shootout” (Ch5) and ‘‘Shameless’’ (Ch4). Jake continues to make his name appearing in films such as , "Piccadilly Jim”, “ Russian Dolls” , "School for Seduction”, "Kinky Boots", "Fly Boys", "Journal Of A Contract Killer", ‘‘City Rats’’, ‘‘Nine’’ with Daniel Day Lewis and Judi Dench and “The Dark Knight Rises” with Michael Caine.