I'm here to meet the people who rule the roost. They're not the ones with the best grades, but the ones in with the right crowd.
— Christian Varela Expósito, in "Bienvenidos"

Christian Varela Expósito is a main character on the Netflix series Elite. He attended Las Encinas on a scholarship after San Esteban collapsed. He is portrayed by Miguel Herrán.

Biography[edit | edit source]

Background[edit | edit source]

Christian attended San Esteban secondary school prior to the building's collapse, which injured Christian. As compensation, he and two other students were given scholarships to Las Encinas, the elite secondary school thirty miles from San Esteban.

Prior to attending Las Encinas, he already knew Samuel and Nano, but it appears that he never met Nadia.

Throughout the Series[edit | edit source]

Season 1[edit | edit source]

On his first day at Las Encinas, Christian immediately tries to integrate himself with the most popular crowd, but Guzmán belittles him and the others find him annoying, except Carla. At Marina's party, Carla seduces and has sex with Christian, although unknown to him, they are watched by Carla's boyfriend Polo. Eventually, Christian finds out that Polo has been encouraging Carla to have sex with others while he watches, and is initially freaked out by the idea but eventually accepts it and engages in a threesome with Carla and Polo. Christian goes with Carla and Polo to a fundraiser and meets their parents. While Polo's moms praise his ambition, Carla's mother expresses disapproval towards Christian, but Carla and Polo join Christian and leave after he takes a bottle of wine and kisses both of them. Christian's new polyamorous relationship starts to fall apart, however, when Polo becomes jealous and he and Carla suspect Christian when a collection of watches belonging to Carla's dad is stolen.

Season 2[edit | edit source]

Christian struggles all summer, while on Carla's yacht, about the secret he was keeping for Polo and Carla about Marina's murder. Christian is also friends with Nano and feels extreme guilt that he knows how to get Nano out of jail.

Carla tries to pull Christian in closer but she can tell he is pushing her away. She warns her father that he might tell everything. Christian leaves Teatro Barceló and tells Carla he is going to confess everything to the police. On his way home, drunk, he hits another car while on his motorcycle. The car flees the scene.

Christian goes to the hospital and has serious surgery. He might never walk again. Carla's father bribes Christian- in exchange for keeping the secret, he will pay for his medical treatment in Switzerland. Christian accepts and spends the rest of the season in Switzerland, away from everyone.

Physical Appearance[edit | edit source]

Christian is an attractive man with broad shoulders and is confident in his appearance. His body is quite toned and he uses this to his advantage, gaining a large social media following from his looks.

Personality[edit | edit source]

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Christian is more interested in girls, having fun, girls having fun, partying, drinking and smoking rather than studying. He shows himself as a very confident man, even a boaster sometimes. He is proud of his large social media following and his dream is to "become famous", no matter how.

He is cheeky and a little exhibitionist: when Guzmán (arguably) and his friends steal his clothes from the locker room, he walks in the corridor showing himself naked in front of the whole school until he reaches the clothes in the common room, only covering his genitals (which eventually he shows to Carla for a moment) with his hands, asking ironic questions to the students such as "Have you seen my clothes?" or "Have you seen this ass?". He also was about to have sex with Carla by her mansion's pool, even if he knew well that the maid was around.

He is also passionate and used to appreciate Carla beyond her stunning exterior beauty. When Polo shows up at Caleruega's mansion, he gets angry with him not because Polo mocks him for not being noble nor an upper-class boy, but because Polo couldn't realize what he had (referring to Carla) and he didn't "take care of her".

Christian seems to have a difficult relationship with his parents due to his behavior and lack of interest in school, and he suffers from this. He confesses to Polo that they expect "nothing" from him and that they would settle for not seeing him "sleep under a bridge".

Relationships[edit | edit source]

Polo and Carla[edit | edit source]

Christian first begins a relationship with Carla in the form of sex, but is unaware that Polo has given his consent for his girlfriend to sleep with Christian, or that Polo is secretly watching from afar. When Christian finds out about Polo's actions — and his deal with Carla — he tries to break off the relationship and solely date Carla. He is eventually convinced into a three way relationship with Polo and Carla and they begin having regular threesomes.

Later, Carla calls off the relationship with Polo and she and Christian begin dating exclusively. Despite this, Christian is still keen to help Polo cover up the actions leading to Marina's death.

When Carla fears that Christian will turn Polo in, she expresses these concerns to her father and, in return, he hits Christian with his car; it is likely that he will never walk again. Despite this, Carla cares for Christian and convinces her father to pay for Christian's treatment if he does not tell anyone about Polo. Christian accepts with the prospect of someday returning to take Carla down.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Christian is bisexual, or bicurious, and has engaged in relationships with both men (Polo) and women (Carla).
    • Despite calling Polo "a f***ing f*ggot" because he enjoyed watching him having sex with Carla, Christian later starts a relationship with Polo.
      • The plot suggests that he has had sex with Polo as well as with Carla.
  • Christian's injury in the San Esteban collapse required him to get 14 stitches.
  • Christian speaks very little English, despite attending Las Encinas, a bilingual international school. As seen in the first episode, when attempting to introduce himself in English, he was only able to say "Hello" and "Goodbye". In a later episode, he said himself that he doesn't speak English.[6]
  • Christian was briefly mentioned in Season 3 when he was unable to testify against Polo in court due to him still being in Switzerland.
  • Christian was the first member of the first "throuple" in Elite who left the show: he went to Switzerland in the first episode of season 2. Polo was the second (as he died) and Carla the last (as she attended university abroad).
  • As of now, Christian hasn't met Valerio, Cayetana, Malick, and Yeray. It is implied he met Rebeca with Samuel at P.E. during their first day of school.
  • As of now, it is unknown how his treatment is going. After flying to Switzerland, Christian is never mentioned again (except for the abovementioned moment in season 3).
  • He has a cousin in Almería named Eligenio who is a drag queen.[3]

Appearances[edit | edit source]

Season 1[edit | edit source]

Season 2[edit | edit source]

Gallery[edit | edit source]

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