A former Outwood Grange Academy pupil is one of the stars of The Apprentice.
Francesca Mcduff-Varley, used to live in Stanley and is the founder and director of a dance studio, a professional dance agency and a look-a-like agency, who now lives in Leeds.
The 32-year-old told viewers of the popular BBC show that she is prepared to fight to the death to become Lord Sugar’s business partner, and has already been dubbed the new Stella English, the entrepreneur who won The Apprentice 2010.
The self-confessed control freak describes herself on the show’s website as being ‘determined, driven and fun.’
She has already been sent for a grilling in the boardroom once, where she escaped being fired despite miscalculating a beer recipe for one of the challenges.
But Claire Young from Wakefield, who reached the final of The Apprentice in 2008, said she thinks Francesca will do well.
She said: “I was really impressed with her on Wednesday’s show when they had to make a piece of flat-pack furniture. She came up with the original idea which was great until the team watered it down to become nothing more than a toybox.
“I like the fact that she is very straight-talking and opinionated.”
Ms Mcduff-Varley is renowned for her love of animal print clothing, which her supporters are now copying. Her friends from Ztudio at Crank Mill in Morley where she also leads a commercial dance group, ‘The Dance Mob’ have even added a “touch of Fran” to their costumes.
The Apprentice can be seen on BBC One at 9pm on Wednesdays.