THE star of hit TV show The Apprentice has never been one to shy away from the limelight. Former Hodgson student Lauren Riley is bidding to be the latest protégé of multi-millionaire Alan Sugar in his television search for a new business partner.
Lauren, 28, hails from Thornton. She describes herself as “absolutely not a shrinking violet”, a trait honed as a confident youngster at Hodgson and as a member of the Grand Theatre Youth Company in Blackpool.
Derek Yarwood, Hodgson’s Deputy Principal, said: “Lauren was a student at our school from 1997 to 2002 and went on to be a senior prefect. I was her Head of Year.
“When she was in Year 8, she entered to go on to a BBC school programme called Fully Booked, presented by Gail Porter. She went to Glasgow with me and another student and appeared on the show. She was naturally very confident in front of the camera.”
During her teenage years, Lauren appeared in a number of productions with the Grand Theatre Youth Company, treading the boards of the famous stage.
Lauren, whose mum worked at Hodgson while she studied here, is an only child and has told BBC bosses this could make her great on television – “I’m not used to letting other people have their own way. I might struggle taking ‘no’ for an answer,” she has said.
Lauren studied at Lancaster University, reading law, before qualifying to be a solicitor. She has previously worked at the Blackpool offices of Napthens Solicitors. Today she lived in London, where she specialises in family law.
Mr Yarwood added: “We are all proud of Lauren at Hodgson. We hope to invite her back to talk about her experiences. Everyone loves The Apprentice and we are all rooting for her.”