A Birmingham actor has beat off stiff competition to land a new job – as a £30,000-a-year zombie.
Louie McKenna from Acocks Green slept-walked his way into a ghoulish role at the The London Bridge Experience and London Tombs just hours after seeing the position advertised online.
Some 30 hopefuls turned out to take part in “scare factor” auditions at the south London attraction, but 23-year-old former Sutton Coldfield College student Louie emerged victorious and was handed a rolling contract.
“It’s just mind-blowing,” said Louie, who starts his role as Sergeant Slaughter next week. “There are not many jobs going where you get paid to scare people, so this is great.”
Louie previously worked as a spook at Madame Tussauds but had taken on a job pulling pints behind the bar at the Royal Court Theatre while auditioning for parts.
“I only found out about the competition the night before, but I didn’t really fancy coming on the Tube in my costume so I got ready outside before the auditions,” said Louie.