From shelf stacker to supermodel! Chiselled Aldi worker scoops Mr England title – but is still working in the budget supermarket
This toned hunk looks every inch the chiselled supermodel – but the newly-crowned Mr England stacks shelves in a budget supermarket.
Chris Bramell, 22, worked as a store assistant in a Liverpool branch of Aldi when he was scouted by Mr Liverpool bosses as he scanned groceries at the checkout – and only entered the contest after his mum badgered him to.
Chris, from Netherley, Liverpool, said he was overwhelmed when he was crowned Mr England.
He said: “I was just at work in Aldi – it was a normal day at work and I was on the till.
“One of the Mr Liverpool organisers shops in Aldi, and she was getting served on the till opposite and asked the girl about me.
“At first I was unsure because I’ve never done anything like that.
“But my mum was really keen and so I thought why not?
“I never had any rehearsals because I was working full-time in Aldi – so I just turned up on the night and ended up winning it!
“There were about nine other lads and one looked like a proper model, and he had really good sponsors.
“I thought he would win – when they shouted my name I was just so overwhelmed.
“It really boosted my confidence and self-esteem.
“I won a modelling contract and got some pictures shot ready for Mr England.
“There were three rounds to prepare for so I had to get started straight away.
“I was just doing it all for the experience to be honest, I never in a million years expected to win.
“It’s all new to me – but my mum always says to give everything a go because you never know what will come of things.
“When I turned up to the Mr England final and saw all the lads I never thought I would even be in the top three, let alone win.
“They all had fab potential and a few of them were real-life models.
“In the top three there was a lad who models for Armani and a guy who won the top model round.
“So when they shouted ‘Mr Liverpool’ as the winner I just thought ‘oh my god’.
“I jumped back in shock and got a little feeling in my stomach.
“I even popped a tear and started crying, it meant that much to me – they were happy tears, I was dead overwhelmed.
“My mum rang me after and we were both just in tears over the phone.
“When I saw her two days later she burst into tears and gave me a massive hug.
“She’s so proud – she’s always had confidence in me and thought something like this might happen to me.
“It’s a fantastic feeling winning Mr England, but I’ll still carry on working in Aldi.”
The muscular Ken-doll lookalike also put his rippling toned abs to work as he scooped the Sportsman award, after beating off the 15 other finalists in an extreme boot camp.
The 6ft 1in heart-throb studied Sports Development at Edge Hill University in Ormskirk, Lancs.
Chris said: “I want to get out there and show people if I can do it, anyone can do it – I’m just a normal lad from Liverpool.
“I want to be a role model for people.
“I’ve always done a lot of charity work, and now I’ve got Mr England behind me I’m going to push that a lot more.
“I do a lot of work with disabled people and it’s a great feeling, it’s very rewarding.
“Seeing people smiles gives you the best feeling in the world”
And while besotted women might be getting hot under the collar as they rush out to Aldi for a glimpse of the hunk, the Mr England pin-up only has eyes for one lady – his girlfriend of 18 months Brittany Connor, 19.
He said: “My girlfriend is amazing.
“Before I met her I didn’t have much confidence, but she really pushes me.
“I’ve got to give it to her – she’s really got me to come out of my shell, she’s great.
“She’s over the moon I’ve won, she thinks I’m going to win Mr World too.
“We’re 100 per cent behind each other and she knows I’ll always be with her – she’s unbelievable.
“Luckily she’s not one of those girls who gets jealous.”
The new Mr England has also won a host of prizes, including a luxury getaway to Sri Lanka from Cinnamon Resorts as well as clothing from BeCandy and gifts from Remington.
Chris will now represent England in the Mr World contest next spring.