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Beckton funeral embalmer’s ‘unusual job’ lands her audition for Big Brother

10:07 19 February 2014

Trainee embalmer Jodie Williams who has been asked to audition for Big Brother.

Trainee embalmer Jodie Williams who has been asked to audition for Big Brother.

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If tending to the deceased isn’t enough to get your pulses racing, try being asked to audition for the nation’s best known reality TV show.

Jodie Williams, 29, has been approached to try-out for the next series of Big Brother after her job as an embalmer caught the attention of television researchers.

Working at Cribbs and Sons funeral directors in Beckon, Newham, she is responsible for washing, dressing and beautifying the departed.

“I’ll have been asked because it’s an unusual job for a young girl to do” said Jodie.

“People are always intrigued why I do it and expect it to be an old man’s job”.

Having watched the reality series since she was a young girl, Jodie explained she would bring fun, laughter and surprise to the show and wants to take part “for the experience”.

Joining the funeral directors over a year ago she described the moments she shares with different families as her reason for loving her work.

“There are usually tears at the start of the preparation, when a family first sees the body and are hit with initial shock.

“But the beauty of the job is working with relatives to make them happy at how their loved one looks and make them resemblance the person they used to be”.

Jodie said the line of work first appealed to her at the age of 13 when her “morbid curiosity” made her want to work with the dead.

She is waiting to hear whether she will be asked to audition for the series, after her two rounds of interviews with television scouts went smoothly.

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