I’m A Celeb’s Jordan North ‘sacked and mocked by colleagues’ before Radio 1 fame

Jordan North is on the road to being a “megastar” as Beverly Callard said on the show.

But his success on I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here!, and Radio One has come only after years of work disasters including being sacked and regularly mocked by his colleagues.

The 30-year-old, who has been working since the age of 16, has boasted that he has a knack for impressing interviewers, saying: “I’ve only ever failed at one job interview, and I’ve had loads of job interviews.”

But once he would start on a job it was a different story. After leaving school, one of his first jobs was as a bricklayer.

He said: “I was awful, they used to throw spanners at me and everything. I used to get sent for tartan paint, a bucket of steam.

“Once, we were doing maintenance in a factory and I was looking for the ladder for the skirting board for about an hour, and I went up to this man like ‘have you got a ladder for the skirting board?’, he goes ‘no, no you need to go and ask Dave’.”

Worse was to come when he was sacked thanks to his beloved mum Wendy.

He said: “My mum got me sacked, because they were paying me £60 a week and she turned up on the building site and had a go at him”.

For his next venture he worked in a restaurant, but the torment continued.

He recounted that: “I was a pot washer, and got sent on an errand for ‘salmon legs’.”

When he interviewed at the Holiday Inn for another possible job soon after, Jordan was his own worst enemy.

He said: “I turned up and, excuse my language, I was absolutely s***faced”.

It was his older brother Ryan, who is one of nine close family members who have served in the military, who coaxed him into the ill-fated night out.

He said: “My brother, who’s in the army, was going to Iraq and he said ‘oh it's my big night out, everybody's coming out’ and I said ‘I can’t I’ve got a job interview’ and he said “I’m going to Iraq and you’re not going to come out?!’.

“We got back at about four, and carried on drinking, I think I had an hour’s sleep.

“I just remember talking absolute….well I must have stunk of ale.”

He doesn’t recommend that others copy that particular interview technique, adding “my first bit of advice in job interviews is do not go out the night before.”

But he doesn’t seem to have any regrets about the incident, pondering that he and the hotel chain might not have been a good fit anyway.

He quipped: “I should have been like, ‘I don’t want your job if you don’t want me like this, because put it this way, 8 times out of 10 this is how I’m going to be’.”

Even his most recent comparatively successful job at Radio 1 got off to a shaky start, as he arrived at BBC for his formal talks and pronounced his boss Rhodri’s name wrong at reception despite emailing him for weeks beforehand.

He said: “If you’ve ever been to New Broadcasting House it’s quite intimidating anyway, especially if you’re going to an interview, I got there and went ‘alright Red-or-ri’…he went actually it’s Rhodri, and I went ‘sorry pal’.”

Nonetheless, it looks like Jordan’s luck might be on the mend, as he is now the clear 6/4 favourite to win the show with bookmakers.

Viewers have also noticed him strike up a friendship with Corrie legend Beverley Callard. This will be a dream relationship for Jordan going right back to when he was a child.

Jordan’s school teachers at Penwortham Priory Academy in Preston revealed why he is so excited to become friends with Bev Callard – as he has been a life-long Corrie superfan.

One of the Radio 1 DJ’smuch-loved teachers Donna Crank explained: “One of my many favourite memories of Jordan was when he came into lesson one day and he sat there quite quiet and subdued. Having left Jordan for a few minutes seeing if he needed time or if he wanted to chat, he then shouted at the top of his voice ‘bloody hell, I’ve forgotten to set record for Corrie tonight for me and my mum’.

“We all smiled, laughed and Jordan then continued to share with the class not only how much his mum meant to him, but his love of Corrie and what was happening in ‘the street’.

“Everyone in the class was just drawn in by him as he talked about the characters and the storyline, and ending with ‘you lot don’t know what you are missing by not watching Corrie!’”

Another teacher told how as a lad Jordan was keen to show his love for his football team Burnley at any cost.

HeadTeacher Matt Eastham said: “I know for me he showed his cheeky side the year Preston North End got through to the playoff final in 2005 at the Millennium Stadium against West Ham.

“Being head of PE back then, in order to support our home town club, I said that any PNE fans could wear their PNE shirts for PE lessons in the week leading up to the final. It’ll come as no surprise then to know, given Jordan’s love of Burnley, that he turned up to PE in his Burnley shirt instead.”

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