Does Benidorm have the best guest stars?
Benidorm is back and series eight is ready to help us beat the January blues. This series takes place at the Solana all-inclusive hotel, where we’ll meet the new Dawson family and welcome back fan favourite Madge.
In the first episode Tiger (Danny Walters) has brought a friend along to enjoy the sun and the (female) sights…
Eastenders star Shane Ritchie has been confirmed as a guest star for series eight, which got us thinking about the myriad of stars we’ve seen sipping on sangria at the poolside throughout the years. Here are just a handful of the most brilliant guest stars to check in to Benidorm.
In series two we saw beloved actress Wendy Richard take on Madge as a serious wheelchair rival.
After the pair end up fighting over the same man, Wendy’s character, Sylvia, ends up cooling down in the pool… and not intentionally.
Sheridan Smith gave a rousing performance as Martin’s new arm candy, Brandy, in series three. A seemingly caring individual, Brandy surprised us all when she teamed up with conman Marcus and the pair robbed guests at the Solana.
The Christmas Special in 2010 saw a host of stars including Su Pollard and Wizzard. We loved Louie Spence‘s theatrical turn as Marvin, an active member of the Middlesborough Swingers Association.
Louie was pretty chuffed with his part:
“I thought I did a bloody good job in my starring cameo role, until, surprise surprise! Who should turn up and slap me right between the thighs?”
“Who was this scene stealer?” I hear you ask… none other than Liverpudlian lovely, Cilla Black.
This brings us to another glamorous lady and serial scene stealer, Joan Collins.
Set to return this series as Crystal Hennesey-Vass, CEO of the Solana Hotel Group, Collins’ flamboyant character was first seen in series six. In series seven she brought a whole lot of trouble for hotel manager, Joyce – who knows what mischief she’ll bring this time around?
Also seen tanning at the pool have been Nadia Sawalha, Una Stubbs, Denise Welch, Matthew Kelly, Janet Street Porter and Ruth Madoc to name but a few! Seeing some of the nation’s most beloved actors slap on the sun cream and get stuck in with all the drama and hilarity at the Solana confirms it to us, Benidorm definitely has the best guest stars.
Benidorm will air tonight at 9pm on ITV 1.