EXCLUSIVE: Popular Mexican actor Osvaldo Benavides (Netflix’s Monarch) joins the cast of ABC The good doctor as a series regular for the upcoming fifth season.
Benavides plays Dr Mateo Rendón Osma, an incredibly skilled trauma surgeon who has spent many years working in Guatemala for a Doctors Without Borders organization. But Mateo was not always a hero; some thoughtless actions during his residency will come back to haunt him and could complicate matters.
It was presented in The good doctorthe two-part Season 4 finale. The two-episode arc came with a regular Season 5 series option for Benavides, which was picked up after The good doctor was renewed last month.
In Part 1 of the Season 4 finale, which aired last week, Mateo met the San Jose St. Bonaventure team and assisted them in the surgical mission to Guatemala.
Along with humanitarian work, sparks flew between Mateo and Dr Audrey Lim (Christina Chang). After joining her on a cab ride from a local bar to the hotel the day before the first surgeries, the duo were kidnapped by a desperate man and teamed up to deliver a baby for the niece of the man who was in distress. The two then spent the night together, and judging by the promo for Part 2 of the finale, which airs tonight, June 7, it wouldn’t be a one-night stand.
Osvaldo is one of three new regular additions to the series for Season 5; The good doctor recently promoted season 4 recurring players Noah Galvin, who plays Asher Wolke, and Bria Samoné Henderson (Jordan Allen).
The trio are named series regulars at the end of a season that says goodbye to two Good doctor cast members Nicholas Gonzalez, who came out after the season premiere, and Antonia Thomas, whose final episode is tonight.
This is the first major role in English for Benavides, who has built a tremendous resume of film and television roles in Spanish in Mexico, as well as series for US networks such as Univision and Telemundo and global streamers. like Netflix.
His most recent credits include Netflix Monarch and Loli’s safety, which is currently broadcast on Telemundo. Benavides is replaced by Atlas Artists, Talent On The Road and Felker Toczek Suddleson Abramson.