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Apprentice winner Leah Totton brings Mr Wright home to meet the parents for first time

By Una Brankin

Beauty expert Dr Leah Totton is bringing her new boyfriend Mark Wright, a fellow Apprentice winner, home to Londonderry next month for the opening of a new Women's Aid centre in the city.

The London-based medic and businesswoman is taking the opportunity to introduce Wright, an Australian internet marketing consultant, to her parents Trevor and Lorraine and brother Dale (18).

The glamorous couple were introduced last year by Lord Sugar, who recommended Wright (26) for the visual marketing of Dr Leah's beauty clinics after he won The Apprentice 2015.

"I've already met Mark's parents and get on very well with them," said Leah (28).

"I don't know if he's nervous about meeting mine - you'll have to ask him when he's over in April! It will be his first time in Northern Ireland."

The former A&E physician previously dated Southampton footballer Fraser Forster. She has been with the tall, burly Aussie for five months.

So, can we drop the W and call him 'Dr Leah's Mr Right'?

"Oh, I couldn't tell you that - no way!" she giggled. "But yes, I'm very happy and looking forward to bringing Mark to Derry. We've been going out since November. He does all my visual marketing."

A patron of Women's Aid, Leah will open their new Family Justice Centre in Derry's Cathedral Quarter on April 8. The facility provides accommodation for victims of sexual and domestic abuse, and incorporates a coffee shop and a women's history project. The latter is of special interest to Ms Totton, who has spoken out on women's issues in the past and takes a keen interest in Northern Ireland politics.

"It's great to see Colum (Eastwood) as the new leader of the SDLP," she said.

"I've met him at Chamber of Commerce meetings in Derry. He was the youngest mayor in Derry and he's new blood coming through, and Arlene Foster's a really capable First Minister.

"She's just in her mid-40s but she has been in politics a long time and that's great for the province.

"Northern Ireland politics has come along in leaps and bounds in the last five years. I'd like to be involved in it, but I have to build my business up first."

A second Dr Leah clinic was opened recently in Loughton, Essex. Jodie Totton, Leah's 23-year-old sister, helps run her flagship clinic in Moorgate in central London. The sisters shared an apartment until recently.

"I have my own place now, my first house - a wee Victorian house; very central, near the Tube," said Leah.

"I'm very fortunate, as it's very difficult to get a house in the centre these days. It also has a small garden. I've got a designer in with mood-boards - I couldn't put a nail in a wall!

"It's going to be quite modern and bright, with clean lines, to make it look more spacious. And yes, I'm living there on my own."

A Dr Leah clinic in Derry or Belfast is still on her future agenda - "I plan to open one a year or so from now on"- and she will be launching her own skincare range shortly.

In the meantime, Leah has introduced hair transplanting and a new 'fat freezing' weight reduction treatment to her clinics, which attract several clients from these shores every month.

Now well-known on the UK celebrity circuit, the 2013 Apprentice winner is certain to be a hot favourite for the mooted (but as yet unconfirmed) all-winners' edition of the popular BBC series.

"I'm close to all the winners - I've just taken on a new product, a make-up brush cleaner, from Tom (Pellereau, the 2011 winner).

"A winners' show is a great idea, but I haven't been told anything yet. It would be slightly challenging for Mark and I!"

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