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Ex Brookie star Philip Olivier: 'I have a brawl with Mateo in Benidorm!'

Former Brookside star Philip Olivier (opens in new tab) arrives with a bang in Benidorm (opens in new tab) this Thursday (ITV, 9pm).

Philip plays Jason Gallagher, the Solana's sexy new barman.

"Jason has all sorts of amazing bartending skills, which were great for me to learn and then show off," explains scouse actor Philip, 33.

"He's a great hit with the holidaymakers, especially the girls staying at the Solana, which means the regular barman Mateo really doesn't like him being there. Those two really don't hit it off and they have a big fight in the Solana office that turns into a wrestling-type brawl. Our tops get ripped to shreds!

"All my scenes with Jake Canuso, who plays Mateo, were great fun to film. In fact, going out to Benidorm to star in such a wonderful comedy was a blast. I hadn't been out to the resort since I was a boy on a family holiday, so I was experiencing things from a completely different perspective this time. It's a crazy place!"

Nicholas Cannon
Nicholas Cannon

I'm a huge fan of television so I really have found the perfect job, as I've been writing about TV shows, films and interviewing major television, film and sports stars for over 25 years. I'm currently TV Content Director on What's On TV, TV Times, TV and Satellite Week magazines plus Whattowatch.com. I previously worked on Woman and Woman's Own in the 1990s. Outside of work I swim every morning, support Charlton Athletic football club and get nostalgic about TV shows Cagney & Lacey, I Claudius, Dallas and Tenko. I'm totally on top of everything good coming up too.