Sunderland student overcomes chronic health issues to land ‘dream job’ on Geordie Shore


Following her success on the show’s production team, she also appeared on other popular shows including Channel 4’s Come Dine With Me.

Jesse, who is in his third year studying Screen Performance at the University of Sunderland, said: “Geordie Shore has been a dream and I couldn’t have asked for a more welcoming team.

“Giving myself a chance in a professional shoot and being ready to take the time to show me the ropes, give me essential tasks for the shoot, take care of the casting and then record the casting for editing gave me all the entry level skills I need to start working well in the industry and have not missed work since.

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“At the back of Geordie Shore, I worked on Channel 4’s Come Dine With Me, a Channel 4 blue light documentary, a Channel 5 DIY program and even had to turn down some work – which It’s incredible.”

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Jesse’s accomplishments are even more remarkable when balanced with his studies, his part-time job at the Empire Theater, and his lingering health issues, including ulcerative colitis and fibromyalgia, which cause him chronic pain and severe pain. extreme fatigue.

The 28-year-old said: “It hampers my everyday life. You don’t know when it will hit you. One minute I can feel good without any problems, then the next morning I take strong pain relievers and sleep all day.

University of Sunderland student Jesse Pye overcame debilitating health issues to land his “dream job” on the hit MTV show Geordie Shore. Photography: Matt Jamie

“I had networked quite a bit and managed to find an agent, but I was worried that a chronic illness would put me on some sort of ‘hard work list’.”

However, it was an online pep talk from Coronation Street star Cherylee Houston, who plays Izzy in the iconic soap, that gave Jesse the confidence to overcome his condition. Cherylee has been using a wheelchair since the age of 23 when she was diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, a chronic disease.

Jesse added, “Cherylee gave me ideas on how to still use my bad days to be productive, learn scripts, work on my characters and be the best I can be to my limits.

“Being able to identify with Cherylee on a level that I didn’t find with other actors was really inspiring. She does what I want to do and she does it in pain the same way.

Student Jesse Pye acting in a University of Sunderland production. After working on the production crew for popular shows like Geordie Shore and Come Dine With Me, Jesse hopes to someday work on the other side of the camera as an actor.

Geordie Shore: Hot Single Summer returned to our screens earlier this month, and Jesse was pivotal in transcribing and recording hours of footage to use in the editing process.

Rebecca Leigh, Production Coordinator at Lime Pictures, the company behind Geordie Shore, said, “Jesse has been a vital part of the production team for this series and it’s a pleasure to work with.

“She is friendly, hardworking, organized and talented. We loved having her on the team and can always count on her to do a job well, at a really high level. She has a very bright future ahead of her on television and I hope to work with her again soon on television projects.

While enjoying his role behind the camera, Jesse would one day like to work as an actor on the other side of the lens.

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