A FEW months ago Layla Subritzky ran a small beauty salon in Hambleton.
Now she is a household name in Australia and on the brink of winning £250,000.
Layla, 24, gave up her day job to emigrate Down Under with her family earlier in the year.
Then she won a place on the Australian version of Big Brother, which goes out each night on primetime TV, and has now made it to the final week.
If she wins tonight’s final, it will certainly be worth her while – she’ll receive a cool quarter of a million pounds.
Her family – parents Peter and Dawn, sister Holly, and brother David – are as stunned as anyone but proud of what Layla has achieved.
David, 17, said: “She has been in the Big Brother house for the last three months and it’s weird to see her on TV, knowing millions of people are watching her, and yet at the start of the year she was back in the Blackpool area running a beauty salon.
“But we are dead proud of her and we just hope she wins the final now.”
The family left their home on Ullswater Close in Hambleton in February when Layla’s father got a job in Australia.
Layla, a former pupil at Hambleton Primary and St Aidan’s High School, saw an advert for a Big Brother audition in Brisbane and decided to have a bash.
David added: “She was up against 20,000 others, but somehow got selected.
“I think it must be the English accent and the fact she’s so down-to-earth.
“People seem to like her. They have been voting to keep her in the house every week and now she’s just got a few more days to go.
“She’s second favourite with the bookies but we’re keeping our fingers crossed she can do it.”
Layla and her family now live on Australia’s Gold Coast, a few miles from the Surfer’s Paradise resort.
But they still have relations back in Hambleton – Layla’s aunty Gail Lunt and her cousins Colette and Dale.
David added: “I think they are just as excited as we are and because Layla ran a beauty salon she has loads of mates in Hambleton too, so they’re all rooting for her.”
Layla, who has already won a car worth £50,000 during her time in the house, will find out whether she wins the overall prize tomorrow.
“I hope she does,” added David. “It was my birthday while she was in the house so she didn’t get me anything – she might be able to afford to buy me a decent present when she gets out.”
To help Layla’s chances of winning, you can vote for her at www.facebook.com/BigBrotherAU