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Ex Brookie star Philip joins Benidorm cast

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Philip Olivier has joined the cast of ITV's Benidorm.

The actor, best known for his role as Tinhead in axed soap Brookside, was pictured on location with the rest of the cast (opens in new tab), according to The Sun.

Liverpudlian Philip was snapped alongside show regular and Splash! contestant Jake Canuso.

The pair were dressed in matching outfits - tight black jeans and t-shirts with glowing tans and slicked back hair.

Jake, 43, plays Solano barman Mateo and the matching outfits suggest Philip's character could be behind the bar too.

Another newcomer to the show is theatre actress Hannah Waddingham, who has previously starred in Spamalot and The Wizard Of Oz.

Benidorm regulars all looked happy to be back, including Steve Pemberton and Siobhan Finneran (Mick and Janice Garvey) and Sheila Reid (Madge Barron).

Philip, 32, will be joining other ex-soap actors on set - last week Coronation Street favourites Ken Morley and Sherrie Hewson confirmed they would be back for the next series.

Executive producer Ben Cavey said: "Things are certainly heating up by the pool in this series, with some great new characters, as well as the return of many of our well-loved regulars."

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