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21/03/2017 00:03 GMT | Updated 30/04/2018 10:10 BST

'Benidorm' Ends After 10 Series: 14 Celebrity Appearances You May Have Forgotten

Former soap legends, hair-raising reality stars and a lorra lorra laughs from our Cilla.

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After 10 series and 11 years on our screens, ‘Benidorm’ creator Derren Litten has confirmed that the ITV sitcom is to come to end.

Despite recent protestations to the contrary, Derren has revealed that this Wednesday’s (2 May) episode would be the last ever, in a post on his Twitter page.

He wrote: “Crazy to think Wednesday will be the last episode of Benidorm! I created the series over 11 years ago, wrote it, guest starred in it and ended up directing it. It’s difficult to think what else there is to do!

“Thank you for watching!”

Over the years, a number of stars have soaked up some of the ‘Benidorm’ sun, either in cameo appearances as themselves or small roles who’ve had viewers chuckling at the TV.

Here are 14 more of the ‘Benidorm’ guest stars you may have forgotten about…

  • 1Denise Welch
    Denise Welch
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    Having become more known for her outrageous antics on the ‘Loose Women’ panel than her acting credentials, in 2011, Denise decided it might be time to remind people why she was famous in the first place.

    Appearing alongside then-husband Tim Healy (who plays Leslie), Denise played ‘Scary Mary’, one of Madge Harvey’s most fearsome enemies, who confronts the Benidorm regular about an unpaid debt.
  • 2Wendy Richard
    Wendy Richard
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    One of the show’s first ever guest stars, the late ‘EastEnders’ legend joined the programme in its second series, playing a love rival to Madge, who competed for the affections of “Didsbury's answer to Julio Iglesias”, Mel Harvey.
  • 3Leslie Jordan
    Leslie Jordan
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    Fresh from his hair-raising stint in the ‘Celebrity Big Brother’ house, ‘Will And Grace’ and ‘American Horror Story’ star Leslie starred in two episodes of the comedy show as cowboy Buck-A-Roo.
  • 4Dame Joan Collins
    Dame Joan Collins
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    Dame Joan’s first appearance in ‘Benidorm’ was only supposed to be a one-off, but her character, hotel-owner Crystal Hennessy-Vass, proved so popular that she’s made a handful of appearances since.

    Her most memorable scenes include performing ‘Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend’ at the Pride Of Benidorm awards... and sleeping with Johnny Vegas’s Oracle character during one of her lowest moments.
  • 5Kate O'Mara
    Kate O'Mara
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    Joan Collins isn’t the only ‘Dynasty’ diva to rock up to the Solana, with ‘Benidorm’ serving as Kate’s last ever acting credit in 2012.

    She played novelist Barbara Simmonds, who fans may recall was repeatedly mistaken for a hotel assessor by the hapless Joyce Temple-Savage.
  • 6Sheridan Smith
    Sheridan Smith
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    Yes, in the days before her Olivier and TV Bafta victories, Sheridan starred in one series of ‘Benidorm’, playing Brandy, the new girlfriend of Martin, who quickly emerged to be an untrustworthy character.
  • 7Janet Street-Porter
    Janet Street-Porter
    ITV
    We’d be here all day if we were to list the ‘Loose Women’ stars past and present who’ve rocked up in ‘Benidorm’ over the years, but our personal favourite was when JSP dug deep to play… a journalist. She starred in one episode, alongside her fellow panellist, Sherrie Hewson.
  • 8Ken Morley
    Ken Morley
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    Ken’s one-off stint in ‘Benidorm’ as a rival hairdresser to the Solana’s own coiffeurs came a year before his ill-fated ‘Celebrity Big Brother’ stint.

    Unsurprisingly, after leaving ‘CBB’, bosses weren’t exactly in a rush to invite him back for a repeat appearance.
  • 9Bananarama
    Bananarama
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    Neptune’s bar has been host to a number of musical guests over the years, but few have been as prolific as 80's girl band Bananarama, who performed hits ‘Robert DeNiro's Waiting’ and ‘Love In The First Degree’ in their episode.
  • 10Kevin Bishop
    Kevin Bishop
    ITV
    Star of ‘The Kevin Bishop Show’, the recent ‘Porridge’ reboot and - who could forget? - ‘Muppets Treasure Island’, Kevin made a brief appearance in ‘Benidorm’ in 2016, playing a Peter Andre tribute act.

    Kevin had actually played Peter Andre in a past episode of ‘Star Stories’, centred around his marriage to Katie Price.
  • 11Louie Spence
    Louie Spence
    ITV
    Right at the beginning of his post-‘Pineapple Dance Studios’ success, Louie starred in the ‘Benidorm’ Christmas special as a member of the National Swingers Association, who shared one very memorable scene with Donald and Jacqueline.
  • 12Cilla Black
    Cilla Black
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    Cilla got to get in touch with her diva side when she made a small cameo in ‘Benidorm’, shouting at her maid and fuming at the Garvey family when they showed up at her Spanish villa looking for Madge, the house’s previous owner.

George Shelley’s ‘Benidorm’ episode airs on Wednesday 29 March at 9pm on ITV.

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