Lord Sugar’s newest hire! The Apprentice receptionist Ashley Young, 26, is an American actress born without the lower part of her right arm who describes herself as a ‘cyborg’ and has modelled for Seasalt Corwnall and Boots
- Ashley Young, 26, is Lord Sugar’s new receptionist on BBC1’s The Apprentice
- Florida-born actress and model was born without the lower part of her right arm
- She has appeared in a Cadbury’s Creme Egg and Seasalt Corwnall adverts
- Ashley was ‘nervous’ filming The Apprentice because its her biggest role yet
The Apprentice is back, which means Lord Sugar is on the hunt for his next business partner.
But the Amstrad founder, 74, has already made one new hire – his receptionist, Ashley Young.
Model and actress Ashley, who was born without the lower part of her right arm, plays a small but crucial role in every episode of the hit BBC1 show when she tells the anxious candidates ‘Lord Sugar will see you now’.
The 26-year-old, originally from Florida, was put forward for the role by Zebedee Management, a specialist talent agency that champions people with disabilities or alternative appearances.
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Model and actress Ashley, who was born without the lower part of her right arm, plays a small but crucial role in every episode of the hit BBC1 show when says, ‘Lord Sugar will see you now’
The 26-year-old, originally from Florida, was put forward for the role by Zebedee Management, a specialist talent agency that champions people with disabilities or alternative appearances
The brunette beauty, who describes herself as an ‘American Cyborg’ on her popular Instagram account, wears a golden prosthesis with a Covvi Nexus bionic hand
The brunette beauty, who describes herself as an ‘American Cyborg’ on her popular Instagram account, wears a golden prosthesis with a Covvi Nexus bionic hand.
She signed to Zebedee in January 2019 after moving to London and has since appeared on the cover of Boots’ Health and Wellness magazine and scored a campaign for Seasalt Cornwall.
Speaking to the Daily Mirror, Ashley admitted she was initially nervous when on the set of The Apprentice, which filmed between June and August 2021, because it was her biggest role to date.
‘I’ve not worked as a receptionist before and this was my first acting role with a speaking part so I was quite nervous at first. Luckily they gave me a whole wardrobe of business clothes to wear.
Ashley signed to Zebedee in January 2019 after moving to London and has landed a string of campaigns, including one for WUKA period underwear, above
Ashley made her debut on The Apprentice last week (pictured). The show filmed last summer
‘When I first had to take the boardroom call from Lord Sugar I was very nervous and sweating as all the contestants were looking at me, but I soon got used to it and relaxed.
‘I’m very excited to have got the part, it’s the biggest job I have done. My dream is to one day appear on Strictly.’
Ashley, who is married to model husband James, who wears a prosthetic arm and leg, grew up in Orlando and spent time working as a performer at Universal Studios.
She is also a trained dancer and has appeared on BBC Three makeup reality show Glow Up.
Ashley strikes a pose in an image from the Seasalt Cornwall homepage, another recent gig
Ashley is the picture of confidence in her social media snaps, which include candid shots
She is the picture of confidence in her social media snaps, which include candid shots of her horse-riding and showing off her gymnastics skills.
However Ashley also posts about the sometimes difficult reality of living with a visible disability.
In one recent TikTok video, reposted on Instagram, Ashley revealed people sometimes call her ‘gross’ and asking: ‘Does it hurt?’
She explained: ‘Some days are harder than others. I wanted to make this because I don’t think anyone really understands that going out with a limb difference isn’t always as simple as it might seem.
Ashley shows off her gymnastics skills in a stunning Instagram shot. However she also reveals the difficult side of living with a visible disability
‘With a physical difference we always seem to be on display to able bodied people and constantly need to share our personal details with strangers to make them feel comfortable.
‘Sure, most of the time I love to share! I love to help people change their perspective on people with a limb difference so the next person they might come across who looks like me will have an easier time.
‘But some days I just want to go to the store without a kid pointing and whispering to their siblings or staring from the end of the aisle way as their parent yanks them along. That’s just my life, and many others as well.
‘I’m still a happy camper anyway lol. Love you all very much and I hope this video can come across to someone who might need to see it.’
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