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    Posted: 20 Dec 2010 at 10:19

The Apprentice: The gangland background of Lord Sugar's new employee Stella English

By Liz Thomas and Arthur Martin
Last updated at 9:51 AM on 20th December 2010

Her childhood was blighted by violence and neglect and she spent much of her early life in care.

But last night steely blonde Stella English was hired by Alan Sugar to be his new apprentice on a £100,000 salary.

The 31-year-old mother of two will work as a product manager for the tycoon’s computer manufacturing firm Viglen.


Winner: Lord Sugar chose 31-year-old Stella English to be his Apprentice after she impressed him over fellow finalist Chris Bates

Miss English said: ‘I felt I would win. I know that if I set my heart on something I will achieve it. I know I came across as quiet, serious and competitive but that is me in a business situation; I do have a softer side.’


What viewers of The Apprentice might be unaware of, however, is her extraordinary and colourful early life.


Tough start: Thamesmead in south-east London, where Stella grew up and where parts of the ultra violent movie A Clockwork Orange were filmed

With her father absent and a mother unable to care for her, she lived a troubled existence in care homes and with various relatives.

As a teenager she would drink in one of London’s most notorious pubs. Night after night gangs with knives and clubs would descend on the Wildflower pub in Thamesmead and start fights which usually ended in bloodshed.


Boardroom battle: Stella fought tooth and nail with rival Chris Bates to win the show

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Here she mixed with some of South London’s most notorious crime families who were responsible for numerous killings.

The pub, which has since closed, was a focal point for criminal activity.

It was here that she met gang member and part-time bouncer Danny Johnson and embarked on a stormy nine-year relationship.

She is now engaged to Ray Dewar, a scaffolder with links to the criminal underworld in South-East London.


Groundwork: Stella is watched by Nick Hewer as she does some research before launching her new alcoholic drink in The Apprentice final

In 1993 he was cleared of threatening and intimidating witnesses who were due to give evidence against the son of a notorious gangster in 1993.

Police believed Mr Dewar passed £2,000 to one witness and £500 to another, saying: ‘This is how I sort people out, not by shooting them.’ However, a jury found him not guilty.

Miss English also had aspirations to be a model, posing in her underwear at the age of 19 on a balcony overlooking the Thames.


Confident: Despite her troubled upbringing, Stella has turned into an impressive businesswoman

By then her older half-brother Simon was already in a secure mental institution for burning down the children’s home in Essex in which he lived. It is doubtful if he will ever be released.

At some point during this extraordinary early life, Miss English found a desperate desire to succeed. She completed a one-year business course and rose fast as a business manager with leading City firms Merrill Lynch, Nomura and Daiwa Securities.

Although surrounded by colleagues who were far better educated, she worked 80-hour weeks to learn her trade and caught the attention of rival banks.


Road to victory: Stella was the only candidate to be leaving in a cab with a job this year after her boardroom encounter with Lord Sugar

Miss English, who now lives in St Albans, Hertfordshire, with Mr Dewar, said allegations that she had mixed with gangsters were ‘laughable’.

She insisted she was simply focused on providing a good life for her two children – sons aged four and two – and being a good mother.

She added: ‘I haven’t had the easiest time in the past and I hope I have shown you can still succeed. It has made me a bit tougher but also a bit stronger. The tough exterior is a coping mechanism after everything that has happened.’


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  Quote Ollie Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20 Dec 2010 at 22:27
although i preferred stella to chris and wanted her to win i was quite surprised especially with a girl winning last year.

i like the idea for the next series of the winner getting 250K to start their own business.
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