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The Apprentice receptionist Ashley Young, 26, is the show’s newest star

The Apprentice is back, meaning Lord Sugar is on the hunt for his next business partner.

But Amstrad’s founder, 74, has already hired one new employee – his receptionist, Ashley Young.

Born without the lower part of her right arm, model and actress Ashley plays a small but pivotal 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 nominated for the role by Zebedee Management, a specialist talent agency dedicated to helping 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 pivotal role in every episode of the hit BBC1 show when she says 'Lord Sugar will see you now'

Model and actress Ashley, who was born without the lower part of her right arm, plays a small but pivotal role in every episode of the hit BBC1 show when she says ‘Lord Sugar will see you now’

The 26-year-old, originally from Florida, was nominated for the role by Zebedee Management, a specialist talent agency dedicated to helping people with disabilities or alternative appearances.

The 26-year-old, originally from Florida, was nominated for the role by Zebedee Management, a specialist talent agency dedicated to helping people with disabilities or alternative appearances.

The brunette beauty, who describes herself as an

The brunette beauty, who describes herself as an “American Cyborg” on her popular Instagram account, wears a gold prosthesis with a Covvi Nexus bionic hand

The brunette beauty, who describes herself as an “American Cyborg” on her popular Instagram account, wears a gold prosthesis with a Covvi Nexus bionic hand.

She signed with Zebedee in January 2019 after moving to London and has since been on the cover of Boots’ Health and Wellness magazine, scoring a campaign for Seasalt Cornwall.

Speaking to the Daily Mirror, Ashley admitted she was initially nervous when she was on the set of The Apprentice, which was filmed between June and August 2021, as it was her biggest role to date.

“I’ve never worked as a receptionist before and this was my first acting role with a speaking role, so I was quite nervous at first. Luckily they gave me a whole wardrobe of business clothes to wear.

Ashley signed with Zebedee in January 2019 after moving to London and has launched a range of campaigns, including one for WUKA underwear from the period above

Ashley signed with Zebedee in January 2019 after moving to London and has launched a range of campaigns, including one for WUKA underwear from the period above

Ashley made her debut on The Apprentice last week (pictured).  The show filmed last summer

Ashley made her debut on The Apprentice last week (pictured). The show filmed last summer

“When I first had to take Lord Sugar’s board meeting I was very nervous and sweating because all the participants were looking at me, but I quickly got used to it and relaxed.

“I’m really excited to get the part, it’s the biggest job I’ve 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 worked as an artist at Universal Studios.

She is also a trained dancer and has appeared on BBC Three makeup reality show Glow Up.

Ashley poses in an image from the homepage of Seasalt Cornwall, another recent appearance

Ashley poses in an image from the homepage of Seasalt Cornwall, another recent appearance

Ashley is the image of confidence in her social media snaps, including candid photos

Ashley is the image of confidence in her social media snaps, including candid photos

She’s the epitome of confidence in her social media snaps, which include candid shots of her riding and showing off her gymnastics skills.

However, Ashley also writes about the sometimes difficult realities of living with a visible disability.

In a recent TikTok video, reposted to Instagram, Ashley revealed that people sometimes call her “crude” and ask, “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 dating with a limb difference isn’t always as easy as it seems.

Ashley shows off her gymnastics skills in a stunning Instagram shot.  But she also reveals the difficult side of life with a visible disability

Ashley shows off her gymnastics skills in a stunning Instagram shot. But she also reveals the difficult side of life with a visible disability

“With a physical difference, we always seem to be visible to able-bodied people and we have to constantly share our personal information with strangers to make them feel comfortable.

‘Of course, I especially like to share! I love helping people change their view of people with a limb difference so that the next person they meet who looks like me will have an easier time.

“But some days I just want to go to the store without a kid pointing to their siblings and whispering or staring from the end of the aisle as their parent pulls them along. That’s just my life, and many others too.

‘I’m still a happy camper anyway lol. I love you all very much and I hope this video can get across to someone who might need to see it.”

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