Growing up she wanted to be an astronaut or a clown.

Now Chessington's Anisa Topan will be appearing on the upcoming season of the The Apprentice.

Mrs Topan, who studied at Wimbledon College of Arts, owns her own fashion PR consultancy and said appearing on the show was the most "mentally tough experience of her life."

"It was so tough that you can't even really express it in words," she said.

"The toughest part was the interview process but it was brilliantly hilarious."

Despite nailing the interview, the 36-year-old who grew up on Seaforth Avenue in Motspur Park nearly didn't make it that far.

She pulled up sick on the day of the audition, but with some encouraging words from her husband she gritted her teeth and went for it anyway.

"To see the audition tape go online was both exciting and worrying," she said.

"But I have absolutely no regrets about it all."

Up until this point in her life, she joked that the most noteworthy accomplishment was designing the winning logo for the neighbourhood flag.

It's fair to say she's still a little anxious about seeing herself on television.

"After watching the audition tape I just wanted to die," Mrs Topan said.

"I might just have to watch the show through my hands because I don't know if I'll be able to handle it."

An ambition to pivot her business made her apply, but it could be her desire to watch others succeed that could see her go far in the competition.

"My dad passed away a few years ago and I pawned the gold he left me to start my business," she said.

"He was always on the go and I aspire to be like him so I'm hoping that this gives me the opportunity to do that."

The Apprentice is on BBC One from 9pm on Wednesday, October 4.