As well as 16 brand-spanking-new candidates, the latest series from hit business show The Apprentice has another fresh-faced addition to the team.
Best known for the popular phrase, “Lord Sugar will see you now”, Ashley Young is the latest occupant of the famed receptionist role at the prestigious London office.
The 26-year-old actress, who recently admitted that the BBC gig is her first serious acting job, also revealed that she is disabled in one hand, caused by missing the lower part of her hand.
The young audience shocked viewers last week when she appeared behind the desk in the office of Lord Sugar, who filmed the show last summer.
In 2019, Ashley, who wears a golden prosthesis with a covey Nexus Bionic arm, joined Zebedee Management, a specialist talent agency created to increase the representation of those who have hitherto been in the media. Excluded in the U.S., including those with disabilities or alternative appearances.
Before joining the Apprentice family, she worked as a parade artist and intimidation actress at Universal Studios in Florida and enjoys both dancing and horseback riding in her spare time.
She’s never worked as a receptionist before, she told Mirror, “Everyone on the show was really cute and it was like working in a big family. I filmed the boardroom scenes between June and the end of August. I haven’t worked as a receptionist before and this was my first acting role. The speaking part, I was quite nervous at first. Luckily they gave me a whole wardrobe of business clothes to wear.
“When I first had to take a boardroom call from Lord Sugar I was very nervous and sweating as all the contestants were watching me, but I soon got used to it and got comfortable.”
The newly wed mother-of, who also spent three years working as a professional scuba driver and doing underwater shows in Orlando, has recently featured in a variety of commercials, including Cadbury’s Creme Egg ad in 2021 Includes Dipper.
She explained: “It was a lot of fun, but I didn’t really get to eat any chocolate eggs. I had to dip my prosthetic finger into the crme egg.”
Ashley, who claims her dream is to “strictly appear one day”, also modeled on the front cover of Boots Health & Wellness magazine in June, starred in two series of BBC3’s Glow Up makeup challenge and featured photographer Rankin In. Modeled for The Great. British Photography Challenge.
She is also an ambassador for the Lucky Fin Project, a charity that aims to raise awareness for those living with a difference in limbs, explaining: “I help children relate to their differences and really enjoy it. They are all great kids and I enjoy playing a role. Model for them.
“When I do modeling and acting I also see it as a way to help and pave the way for the next generation and show them what they can achieve. I’ve seen that there are more and more opportunities for people with organ differences, which is amazing.”
Speaking about the Gold Bionic Arm, which she fitted in 2016 after experiencing pain in her back and neck due to using an arm, Ashley said: “I was approved to have an arm fitted And using it has become second nature now. I can even control my hand using an app and even program it to be in the correct mode for the handshake.”
Past ‘receptionists’ on The Apprentice have included Samantha Moon, who was called Frances on the show after Lord Sugar’s original receptionist.