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Jackie Weaver refuses on getting an agent - and was paid NOTHING for opening this year's Brits

Viral sensation Jackie Weaver has said that she won't get a celebrity agent because her 'greatest pleasure' in her new showbiz life has come from unpaid work.  

The clerk, from Handforth, became an overnight sensation earlier this year after millions of people were impressed by her calm handling of irate councillors on a video call.  

Since then Jackie has become a star in her own right - appearing on several talk shows, securing a book deal and opening this year's Brit Awards alongside the stars from Line of Duty earlier this month. 

But speaking to the Sunday Telegraph, Jackie said that she isn't fussed on capitalising on her stardom by getting an agent - admitting that she didn't even ask for a fee for featuring in the prestigious award show. 

Viral sensation Jackie Weaver, from Handforth, has said that she won't get a celebrity agent because her 'greatest pleasure' in her new showbiz life has come from unpaid work 

Jackie has become a star in her own right - appearing on several talk shows, securing a book deal and opening this year's Brit Awards alongside the stars from Line of Duty earlier this month 

'I suppose I didn't ask, they didn't offer', said Jackie of the Brits fee. 'Many of the things I've done over the last three months that I've had the greatest pleasure from have been unpaid.

'So I've done a shedload of talks to schools and young political groups. No agent is going to push that.'   

Earlier this month, Jackie joined the BBC drama's Martin Compston and Vicky McCLure with host Jack Whitehall to open the music award ceremony in a special Line of Duty sketch. 

The special appearance, which was held over a Zoom video call, saw Compston tell Whitehall it was 'time to roll out the big guns' before the comic replied: 'Mother of god, we're bringing on the gaffer!' 

The clerk became an overnight star when a recording of the Handforth Parish Council planning committee's December Zoom meeting went viral on social media

Just seconds later, Jackie, appeared on screen to say: 'Right, shall we bring this Brit Awards to order?' 

Earlier this month, Jackie hinted that she might be swapping her Zoom parish council meetings for the Strictly Come Dancing dance floor.  

Appearing on BBC Breakfast, the clerk struggled to keep a straight face as she discussed working with Strictly Come Dancing star Anton Du Beck on a new podcast, before being pressed as to whether she would appear on the programme.

Jackie broke down in giggles and dodged the question completely, saying: 'This is the month of politics. No politician gives a direct answer to the question.' 

Viral sensation Jackie hinted on BBC Breakfast might be swapping her Zoom parish council meetings for the Strictly dancefloor 

Jackie said the podcast would 'stay topical' and focus on 'important issues in life', adding: 'One question Anton and I agonised over is what is the best dance to outrun the zombie apocalypse. A difficult question but we had it.'

But when Dan questioned what they had concluded, she dodged answering again, saying: 'I couldn't possibly tell you that now could I?' 

The host went on to ask: 'You say you've discussed dancing with Anton, your Strictly hero...Might there be a possibility of the pair of you pairing up for this years series?'

Jackie couldn't keep a straight face as he spoke, and pointedly stared into the camera as she said: 'There's no scoop here.'

She broke into laughter as Dan asked again, before stating: 'Excuse me don't interrupt me.' 

Strictly Come Dancing returns to BBC One in the autumn, with no-one confirmed as a contestant yet - however Coral bookmakers have backed internet star Jackie at 10-1 to appear.

WARRING FACTIONS AT THE HEART OF HANDFORTH PARISH COUNCIL 

THE PEACEMAKER

Jackie Weaver

Jackie Weaver was assisting councillors during the Handforth Parish Council meeting which captured national attention

Jackie Weaver was assisting councillors during the now famous Handforth Parish Council meeting which captured national attention. 

She is the Chief Officer of the Cheshire Association of local councils.

Jackie is married to Stuart, a retired design engineer, and they have three grown up children - but no grandchildren. 

The group is a member based organisation that exists to promote the rights and interests of Town and Parish Council across Cheshire East, Cheshire West and Chester, Warrington, Trafford and Halton Boroughs.  

It provides support, including legal support, to local councils in the area, as well as running training programme for clerks and councillors.

The meeting has now been viewed by 3million people. 

She told BBC Radio Four's Woman's Hour: 'I suppose the surprise comes in large part because actually 99.99% - that's an actual fact I'm sure - of council meetings are just not like that. They are often less exciting than we might hope they were.'

Ms Weaver said she had had 'nothing but really lovely, positive support' since the clip had gone viral.

She said that it was important to try to eradicate 'bad behaviour' from local councils.

She added: 'A lot of us are working very hard - and that includes central government - to try to do something about that, because we're passionate about the fact that local government is the mechanism by which people can really engage with their communities.' 

FACTION ONE 

Brian Tolver

Brian Victor Tolver is the chairman of Handforth Parish Council

Brian Victor Tolver is the chairman of Handforth Parish Council.

He was re-elected as a Handforth Ratepayers' Association (Independent) candidate for the South Ward on Handforth Parish Council in 2019, gaining 271 votes.

He has been a parish councillor for over five years and is a founder member of Hands Off Handforth Green Belt (HoHGB) - a campaign group run aiming to 'protect our village from unnecessary development on our precious open space'.

Outside of the council he runs a software business called Brooke House Ltd.  

Aled Brewerton 

Aled Brewerton is an independent councillor who represents the Handforth West Ward

Aled Brewerton is an independent councillor who represents the Handforth West Ward. 

He was elected to his seat in 2019, winning with 353 votes.

He is currently the vice chairman of the council and chair of the council's finance committee.

Outside of the council, he is a self-employed solicitor and 'professional investigator' who runs A2Z Investigations Ltd.

Barry Burkhill

Barry Edward Burkhill is an independent councillor for the Handforth 'Ratepayers' Association' on Handforth Parish Council

Barry Edward Burkhill is an independent councillor for the Handforth 'Ratepayers' Association' on Handforth Parish Council.

He represents Handforth South Ward and was re-elected to the seat with 316 votes in 2019.

He is also elected to represent the Handforth Ward at East Chesire Borough Council. He was re-elected for a third time in 2019. having first been elected in 2011. 

On top of this, he is the current Mayor of Cheshire East. He has represented Handforth for 38 years and for 28 years was a member of Macclesfield Borough Council, of which he was elected mayor in 2007.

Outside of the council, he is retired.  

FACTION TWO 

Susan Moore 

Susan Moore was elected to Handforth Parish Council in 2019

Susan Moore was elected to Handforth Parish Council in 2019. She is an independent councillor, representing Handforth West Ward, which she won with 451 votes.

Outside of the council, she is involved in Moore Secure Ltd - a company which installs CCTV, fire alarms and other home security measures.

John Smith 

John Michael Smith is an independent councillor for Handforth Parish Council

John Michael Smith is an independent councillor for Handforth Parish Council. 

He represents Handforth East Ward, a seat to which he was re-elected uncontested in 2019.

He is a self-employed driving instructor outside of the council.

His wife, Julie, is a pharmacy assistant and a councillor.

She ran as an independent candidate for the Handforth Borough ward on Cheshire East Council in 2019 - a seat which she won.

The pair are said to have five adult children and two grandsons. 

Cynthia Sampson

Cynthia Margaret Samson is an independent councillor for Handforth Parish Council

Cynthia Margaret Samson is an independent councillor for Handforth Parish Council. 

She represents the Handforth East Ward, a seat to which he was re-elected uncontested in 2019.

She is a retired accountant who is married to Christopher Sampson, a driver for the Chesire-based epilepsy support charity, the David Lewis Centre.

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