Once you’ve tasted fame, pocketing it for a “normal” job can’t be easy.
But many celebrities have left the bright lights to pursue an entirely different career path.
It was revealed this week that former Big Brother star Glyn Wise was training to become a vicar 14 years after leaving the famous house.
Other stars have worked as plumbers, firefighters and teachers after their limelight faded.
While Simon Cowell is unlikely to deliver your next Amazon delivery, these celebrity job switches might surprise you.
Here’s our round-up of celebs who’ve given up fame for a more “normal” job…
Towie’s Kirk Norcross – jet wash and drains
Sipping cocktails at Sugar Hut and being in front of the camera 24/7 became too much for Towie star Kirk Norcross and now he prefers a more peaceful life.
He’s the boss of KN Jet Services, unclogs drains with his pressure washer and leaves your driveway spotless.
He told The Sun he’s swapped Ferraris and designer clothes for £20 Topman jeans and is happier than ever.
“So much shit happens when you live your life in public. It can be toxic and you’re surrounded by people who are fake and just hanging out,” he said.
“And it can be a very brutal environment. Now I get up, go to work, keep my head down and earn my living with a bigger smile on my face.”
EastEnders’ Hetti Bywater – Bar Clerk
The stunning Hetti took over the role of Lucy Beale in 2012 and played a central role in a huge Whodunnit? action two years later.
The nation was shaken when it was revealed that the character’s little brother, Bobby, had murdered her – with Hetti previously admitting that she “hated” Lucy.
The 27-year-old has had other acting roles since leaving Walford but has also been spotted drinking beers at a London pub between jobs.
Kate Jarvis from EastEnders – B&M worker
Katie Jarvis, best known for playing Kat Slater’s cousin Hayley in EastEnders, turned to a new job when she took a break from acting.
Pausing at the door of her local B&M in Romford, east London, she revealed at the time: “I’ve taken a step back from acting. I have a job and I take care of my children.”
Alfie Browne-Sykes of Hollyoaks – Roofer
Hollyoaks star Alfie Browne-Sykes hates when people recognize him – now that he’s a roofer.
Alfie, who played Jason Roscoe for three years, told Joseph James’ Just Real podcast that he’s still pursuing acting roles but the coronavirus pandemic has made it particularly difficult.
After leaving the Channel 4 program in 2016, Alfie struggled with anxiety and panic attacks as he felt the pressure to get another acting job.
He said: “Going into work every day, working on people’s rooftops and having them tell you apart from Hollyoaks is difficult at first – especially when they’re commenting and don’t know what they’re saying to you.”
EastEnders’ Charlie Clements – Chef
“Enders fans were heartbroken in 2010 when the loveable Bradley Branning, played by Charlie Clements, fell to his death after falling off the Queen Vic.
Last year the actor – now 34 – revealed he had been working as a chef to make ends meet during lockdown.
Charlie proudly posted a photo in his uniform but added that he was returning to acting while teasing rehearsals for a mystery project that would start next week.
Frankie Cocozza – Builder of The X Factor
Frankie Cocozza caused quite a stir on The X Factor when the wild child singer launched his rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle in 2011.
But six years later he admitted he squandered £200,000 of his fortune on alcohol and turned his back on fame to work on a building site for £7.50 an hour.
Limp-haired Frankie told The Mirror he’d do his wild ride all over again if he had the chance, and he admits he’s worse than ever at spending.
He said: “I have no regrets. I didn’t have to have a real job for a long time after the show and me and my buddies had the best time.
“I went back to work because I needed more dough, but I think I was just bored. Every day for the last three or four years I’ve been sitting in my room and playing the guitar.”
Emmerdale’s Adam Thomas – Estate Agent
When Adam Barton left Emmerdale, actor Adam Thomas decided to give Phil and Kirstie a chance by owning it.
He worked part-time as a real estate agent in Manchester but recently rejoined his brothers on TV for Absolutely India: Mancs in Mumbai.
EastEnders’ Tony Discipline – Fireman
EastEnders actor Tony Discipline played Tyler Moon in EastEnders, but he refused to let fame go to his head – and became a fireman after giving up his role on the soap.
However, Tony recently admitted his time on the popular BBC show still haunts him.
Speaking about how fans are still assuming his firefighter uniform is for a new role, he revealed, “I was walking back to the fire truck and someone walked by and was like, ‘Oh my god, what are you filming?'”
Tony remembers. “I said, ‘No, I’m a firefighter,’ and he said, ‘No, what is that? What show is it for?’
“There have been a few cases like this.”
Mark Feehily from Westlife – Catering Company
Mark Feehily left ballads and singing while perched on a stool to run his own catering business.
His pop-up crepe van was a favorite with festival-goers but isn’t parked outside on the Westlife tour.
Hollyoaks and Corries Adam Rickitt – Gin Shop
Adam, 43, is basically a soap king who first rose to fame as Nick Tilsley on Coronation Street in the ’90s.
He later appeared as Kyle Kelly in Hollyoaks, but after his last appearance in June 2020, he turned his attention to craft beers and classy gins.
The actor and his GMB correspondent Katy Fawcett bought their own shop in Cheshire in late 2019 and have been running takeaway and delivery services during lockdown.
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