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Where a date of birth is not provided, the age given is as of the time the relevant series aired.
Raleigh Addington (/rɔli/) is a 24-year-old charity director, originally from Swindon now living in London. He was educated at Prior Park Preparatory School in Cricklade, a co-educational Catholic independent school until year six where he moved to Downside School, a co-educational independent school in Stratton-on-the-Fosse in Somerset, followed by the University of Exeter, where he studied Politics and Economics. He once elicited a donation of £1,000,000 when working in the university's fundraising department. He is the son of a farmer and a nurse and is also a professional tennis coach. It was announced in week two that Mr Addington had decided to leave the show after having been told his older soldier brother was badly injured by a bomb in Afghanistan. Raleigh is currently a director at Tickets for Troops, an organisation helping the armed forces. Raleigh has recently set up the company Military Speakers.
Stuart Baggs was a telecoms entrepreneur from the Isle of Man and was 21 when he appeared on the programme. He was educated at Ramsey Grammar School, and had a fear of The Muppets character Sam Eagle. His first business venture was when he sold yo-yos on the school playground. At thirteen he launched his own telecommunications company, Bluewave Communications, which became a limited company on his eighteenth birthday and which he continued to run. He styled himself as "Stuart Baggs—the brand" and nicknamed himself "Herr Baggs" in the crisp-selling task.
Baggs produced some memorable quotes throughout the series, including: "Everything I touch turns to sold", "Excuse me, sir, you look like a sausage connoisseur" (quoted to Lord Sugar), "I'm not a one-trick pony, I'm not a ten-trick pony, I have a whole field of ponies—and they're literally all running towards this job", and the infamous "I have to rein in my own extreme masculinity in this task." Baggs was eliminated in week 11.
Before firing him, Lord Sugar told Baggs that he was "full of shit" and guilty of dressing up his credentials for his own gain, with particular reference to a telecommunications licence issued in 2006. Sugar added that Baggs' claims had left him annoyed at himself, as he had fired Liz Locke in the previous week before he was aware of the lie. Baggs denied that he had lied on his CV about the company. Baggs was not invited back to participate in the final.
Baggs appeared as a contestant on Channel 4's Celebrity Five Go To in May 2011. He also appeared on Pointless Celebrities with fellow ex-Apprentice contestant Joanna Riley in July 2011. Whilst on the show, he claimed to have tried a food called Panayiotou, when in actuality, it was George Michael's surname. He was a regular panelist/reporter for Big Brother's Bit On The Side from August 2011. In February 2013, he appeared on The Sarah Millican Television Programme and said that The Apprentice had "made him the most unemployable person in the country". In November 2014, he appeared as a contestant on Come Dine With Me in his home country, which he called "great fun" while admitting that he was "a terrible cook".
Chris Bates is a 24-year-old from Surrey. He was educated at Wallington County Grammar School for Boys, a state school in Wallington in the London Borough of Sutton, followed by the University of Nottingham, from which he graduated with 1st Class Honours. After leaving university, he worked for nine months for JP Morgan, a commercial and investment banking institution in London, and left it to appear on the programme. His past jobs have included working in an off-licence and a pub. He was the runner-up in The Apprentice Final 2010, being beaten by Stella English. Lord Sugar said that he was not worried about Chris's future, and said that his doors will always be open for him. Bates was the first male Runner Up of the apprentice UK.
He was working as an Investment Analyst for former Dragon's Den panellist James Caan's private equity company Hamilton Bradshaw, but now works in Transaction Services, an Advisory arm of PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Melissa Cohen is a 27-year-old food business manager from London. She was educated at Jewish Free School, a voluntary aided comprehensive school in Kenton in north London. Formerly a hairdresser before venturing into food business management, where she single-handedly increased the share of the Kosher food market for a major retail chain. She also co-wrote a jingle for a successful supermarket advertising campaign for the same chain.
She was fired in the fourth week after taking much of the limelight for her confrontations with other contestants without achieving much in the way of success. She returned in episode 12 to help the finalists with their task, and was selected by Stella English to be in her team.
Stella English left school with no qualifications, but at the time of entering had become Head of Business Management on the trading floor of a Japanese investment bank. She was the series winner, beating Chris Bates in the final mainly because of her experience in business. She was born and grew up in Thamesmead, London. She lives in London with her partner Ray, and she was to be married in the Summer of 2011. English proved to be a very successful candidate throughout the series, holding the best record against all other competitors. She showed terrific leadership abilities in the second task, where she was dispatched to the boys' team and led them to victory by stopping their arguing and managing them well. She continued to win most of the tasks throughout the series, but in the run up to the final in tasks 9 and 10 she was accused by her fellow candidates of being "wooden" and " vanilla corporate", but Lord Sugar claimed this was because of her working in a Japanese Bank. Due to her consistent performance throughout the series and serious, some would say ruthless, determination, Lord Sugar made her a finalist. She showed excellent leadership and organizational skills in the last task, and in the boardroom Lord Sugar made the decision to hire English. She commented she was looking forward to the future and she was extremely happy. After winning, English worked at Sugar's company Viglen. She quit the job in May 2011, saying that she was just a "glorified PA", going to work for YouView, of which Sugar is the chairman. In October 2011, she resigned from YouView claiming she had had almost no contact with Sugar in her role.  In March 2013 English sued Sugar for constructive dismissal. During the case English described herself as "I'm an overpaid lackey". On 12 April 2013 it was announced that she had lost her case, with the tribunal judge John Warren saying that "Ms English, instead of appreciating a job with enormous scope for advancement, had been more interested in a glamorous role, and travelling in private jets".
In June 2013 Lord Sugar sued English for £35,000 over her failed constructive dismissal case against him. A spokesman for Lord Sugar said: "An application has been made to the tribunal to recover our costs.". English said "I thought it was over. I am devastated I can’t just move on with my life."  At the court case, English divulged that her attempted business ventures — including a fashion label and events company — had fallen flat, meaning that she was now claiming jobseeker's allowance, housing benefit, and was facing a repossession order on her house. Sugar did not win the case, and English said that she was keen to put the saga behind her. In February 2014 it was announced that two contractors who worked for English's failed events company were suing her for unpaid fees. In February 2015 English was convicted of failing to reveal the identity of the driver of her car when it was caught speeding. English ignored five letters from the police requesting the information. English was fined £900, ordered to pay £900 court costs and a £90 victim surcharge, and had six points put on her driving licence.
Alex Epstein is 26 years old and unemployed from Manchester. Previously the Head of Communications at Masternaut Three X in Leeds. He was educated at The King David High School, a voluntary aided Jewish Orthodox comprehensive school in Crumpsall in Manchester. He was awarded 10 A*s at GCSE, but was sacked from his first job making ice-cream at Häagen-Dazs. He later ventured into corporate communications before losing his job, allegedly because of the recession.
In week 1, Alex found himself in the boardroom, selected by project manager Dan for his poor working habits. Alex improved in the second and third weeks – the latter especially, where he secured several clients for the bread-making task. Ultimately, his bad habits resurfaced in week 5, where he guided his, and project manager Paloma's team into multiple retail-related errors. His sales ability was also heavily criticised. In week 6, a mixed performance thus far, Alex found himself as project manager for a marketing campaign for cleaning products. Despite his background in communications, Alex broke fundamental advertising rules, and combined with his Machievellian selection of Sandeesh for firing, despite her competent performance, was enough to see him fired by Lord Sugar. Lord Sugar implied that Laura Moore might have been fired instead of Alex, had Alex selected her to return to the boardroom. He returned in episode 12 to help the finalists with their task, and was selected by Chris Bates to be in his team.
Christopher Farrell was a 28-year-old mortgage broker from Cheshire. He was educated at Overchurch Junior School, a state primary school and Woodchurch High School, a state comprehensive school in the Woodchurch area of the Wirral Peninsula in North West England. He was a Royal Marine Commando for 10 years, serving in Iraq, Northern Ireland, Kosovo and Afghanistan before becoming a mortgage broker.
Farrell was fired in week 8 – his first time in the boardroom. Lord Sugar stated that he felt Christopher was a hard worker and excellent logistically, but lacking in the special talent that is necessary in 'The Apprentice'. He returned in episode 12 to help the finalists with their task, and was selected by Stella English to be in her winning team.
Farrell has since left the public eye after selling his Financial Services company for an undisclosed fee however this was reported to be in the millions. He is now investing in property and is reported to have a portfolio of up to 30 buildings.
Dan Harris is a 34-year-old father-of-two and a sales director from Oxfordshire. He is a former GB triathlete, who has completed three ultramarathons as well as climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. He once jointly held the world record for the fastest ascent and descent of Mount Kenya. Whilst studying at Southampton Solent University, he launched three businesses including a nightclub promotions company and an embroidery business that reputedly supplied 30% of the branded garments to Southampton University.
After graduation he worked briefly for a head hunting firm in Fareham, before leaving to join a weapons logistics company in Pittsburgh. After being made redundant he returned to the UK to pursue an IT career. Unable to find a role, he worked as a dustman before founding his own company. He successfully ran an IT Security firm for 8 years before selling the company and establishing a Recruitment company. He sold this company two years later but rejoined it as non-executive director.
The News of the World reported that he had made a personal fortune of £2.5M but had lost the majority of that in the recession when his company hit difficulties. Dan was the first to be fired in the sixth series, despite leading the team to profit and losing by just £15, the show's fourth lowest-ever losing margin. His aggressive style on the task and relaxed attitude in the boardroom were cited as reasons for his firing.
Jamie Lester is a 28-year-old overseas property developer from London. He is the son of a cab driver, and was educated at Ilford Jewish Primary School in Ilford in Essex A former estate agent, he owned two properties by the age of 23 and started his own company at 24, turning over £1,000,000 in two-and-a-half years. He could have been fired in week seven had Sandeesh brought him in the boardroom. Jamie was fired in week 11. He returned in episode 12 to help the finalists with their task, and was selected by Chris Bates to be in his team. Jamie set up his South-West London estate agency Haus Properties in 2011.
Elizabeth "Liz" Locke is a 24-year-old investment banker from Birmingham. She was educated at King Edward VI Handsworth School, a state grammar school for girls in Handsworth in Birmingham, from 1996–2003. After experience in investment banking, she has recently ventured into property development and project management. Locke graduated from Birmingham Business School, part of the University of Birmingham, in 2007 with a first-class honours degree in accounting and finance.
She was controversially fired in Week 10 for not having a special 'spark' despite being a record-breaking candidate. In episode 11, Alan Sugar told Stuart Baggs that he was annoyed with himself for firing Liz after being swayed by Baggs' lies in the boardroom. This makes Liz the second person (the first being Miriam Staley) that Sugar has publicly regretted firing after the event. Liz returned in episode 12 to help the finalists with their task, and was selected by Chris Bates to be in his team.
Laura Moore is a 22-year-old business development manager from Warwickshire, now living in London sharing a house with Jen[who?]. She is a trained violinist, and single-handedly brought in over £500,000 of sales in her first year as a management consultant. As project manager in week two, Laura had a hard time controlling her all-girl team, with Karren Brady giving the girls a dressing-down in the boardroom. She appeared in her team's fashion advert in week five and was only brought into the boardroom twice throughout the series. She was fired in week nine, with friend Liz Locke saying that she would be missed.
Before appearing on The Apprentice, Laura had been involved in four start-up businesses, and has since been involved in projects to encourage young entrepreneurs.
Laura is still involved with various start-ups, whilst also working in fashion, representing The Prince's Trust as an ambassador, and doing motivational and corporate speaking engagements. She has recently joined the committee of Businesswoman of the Year.
Joanna Riley is a 25-year-old cleaning company owner from Leicester. She set up her Midlands-based cleaning company at the age of 22. Her first job was as a hotel waitress, later moving into telecommunications at a call centre before becoming her own boss. Before the series aired, it was reported that Riley had been convicted for racially abusing three taxi drivers in October 2005. Joanna was fired in week eleven, finishing fourth. She returned in episode 12 to help the finalist with their task, and was selected by Stella English to be in her team.
Before firing her, Lord Sugar told her that he wanted her to be proud of what she does for a living. He fired her, but praised her hard work, telling her to be very proud of herself and she should leave with her head held up high.
Riley appeared as a contestant on Pointless Celebrities with fellow ex-Apprentice contestant Stuart Baggs in July 2011.
Shahab "Shibby" Robati is a 27-year-old business owner, originally from Leeds now living in London. Robati was educated at The Royal Grammar School, a boys' independent school in Guildford in Surrey. His first job was as a paper boy at the age of 17. He since turned his hand to business development. A voice impersonator and self-confessed comedian, Shibby claims to have made £150,000 turnover and over £90,000 profit in the first year of setting up two businesses. However, during the series whilst pleading about his inexperience he claimed that he had never been involved in either sales or negotiations. Before the series aired, it was reported that Robati had allegedly received a string of complaints while working as a junior doctor for St George's Healthcare NHS Trust leading to a formal final warning from the General Medical Council for "unprofessional behaviour", stating that "he did not always keep accurate medical records, he failed to make himself readily available when on duty and he failed to communicate effectively with his colleagues". He was fired in week three after leading his team to failure in the breadmaking task. He returned in episode 12 to help the finalists with their task, and was selected by Chris Bates to be in his team.
Sandeesh Samra is a 26-year-old recruitment consultant from Nottingham. She started her working life as a sales assistant for Toys R Us. As a recruitment consultant, she managed to break a company revenue record.
Sandeesh performed reasonably well in the opening weeks, notably advocating an exclusivity deal that could have seen her team take victory in the second task. However, this was followed by a string of poor showings – her disruptive attitude towards her Project Manager saw her taken into the boardroom in Week three, where she was accused of hiding behind production. She was accused of not contributing again in weeks five and six, although this claim was disputed in week six, where she somewhat redeemed herself by delivering a good pitch. In the seventh week, despite putting in her best performance as a Project Manager, Sandeesh was fired for bringing the wrong candidates into the boardroom; Lord Sugar could not justify keeping her over Liz Locke and Chris Bates.
Joy Stefanicki is a 31-year-old Marketing Director originally from Southampton, and now living in Birmingham. She started her working life cleaning dishes in her parents' pub before joining a supermarket at the age of 16. She was fired by Lord Sugar in Week 2 for having made insufficient effort in the losing team's assignment.
Paloma Vivanco is a 29-year-old senior marketing manager living in London. Born in Peru, she was raised in the United States and Australia before attending university in New Zealand. She started working life frying doughnuts in Donut King before launching her first company at the age of 21 straight out of university, eventually moving into the telecommunications industry.
In week one, she demonstrated her ability to work effectively as part of a team, as a manufacturing member. Week three saw Paloma's sales abilities highlighted by Karren. Week five displayed her managerial skills when she was project manager for the task. Her ultimate flaw, which eventually led her to be fired in week five, was her tendency to have an extreme "takes no prisoners" attitude, where she often projected an egotistical image by attacking the backgrounds and abilities of other candidates. She returned in episode 12 to help the finalists with their task, and was selected by Stella English to be in her team.
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