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06th September 2011

- Sky’s the limit as Newcastle crew member stars in Sky1’s new series Show Boaters

Newcastle Airport-based cabin crew member, Karl Mullen (28), who lives in South Shields, swaps planes for cruise ships as he prepares to star in Sky1’s new entertainment series, Show Boaters.

Show Boater contest and cabin crew member

Show Boaters, which starts on Tuesday 13th September at 8pm, will follow ten talented contestants onboard a luxury cruise ship as they battle to become the headline act on the ship’s entertainment programme.

Karl, who joined leading leisure airline as a member of cabin crew earlier this year, has been a keen performer from a young age and even won a place at Newcastle’s Performance Academy, which has the likes of Xfactor’s Joe McElderry and Ant and Dec among its alumni. Since then Karl has taken part in numerous plays and musicals, as well as appearing as an extra for West End productions such as Grease, Evita and Little Shop of Horrors.

Karl commented: “I love working for and performing is something that’s in my blood so when I saw the advert for Show Boaters I just had to apply and I’m so chuffed to have been picked. My colleagues at Newcastle Airport have been really supportive and they’ve all promised to watch – we’re just like a family which is why working for is so much fun.”

Karl revealed that filming for the show took place on a cruise round the Caribbean: “It was an amazing trip and we got to visit places like Jamaica, Barbados, Cuba, Mexico and Venezuela.

“It wasn’t all lazing around in the sun though. Every time we docked we were given a new shore-based challenge which certainly added to the drama and excitement, although you’ll have to watch the show to find out the really juicy gossip!”

Ian Doubtfire, managing director of, commented: “We’ve always known that our cabin crew are an incredibly talented bunch and we’re really proud of Karl.  One of the key elements that we look for in all of our cabin crew is a friendly, outgoing personality so Karl’s performing skills give him great confidence and rapport with customers.  We’ve got our fingers crossed for Karl and as he can’t reveal how he’s done or the outcome of the show, we’ll all be watching every show to find out.” has 77 cabin crew members based at Newcastle providing its award winning customer service on flights to city, sun and ski destinations.  Cabin crew recruitment for 2012 will be commencing shortly and those interested in joining Karl and his colleagues in a career in the sky can find out more and apply on-line at

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