Francoise Boufhal was born on 18 December 1988 in Hexham, Northumberland. She is an English model, actress and presenter.
Boufhal grew up and spent most of her childhood in Stocksfield and attended Broomley First school before moving into Newcastle Upon Tyne. She attended Ponteland Middle school.
Boufhal’s acting career began at the age of 11 when she joined The Live Theatre company, a theatrical youth theatre based in Newcastle made famous by Robson Green. Boufhal’s first major role was in the hit children’s BBC1 show Byker Grove, where she played ‘Ellie Baines’, Stumpy’s girlfriend. Boufhal auditioned several times for a role in the show but was deemed ‘too sexy’, until eventually a part was made for the curvaceous actress.
Boufhal was in the pilot for ‘GRUBBS’, a children’s cookery program scheduled to be regularly on the Discovery Kids channel.
At 5′-4″ and a 28H chest, Boufhal was rejected by fashion houses for being too short and having an ‘unusual’ figure’.
Boufhal has appeared in Nuts as ‘Nuts next top model, Zoo and was Maxims April 2009 cover girl.
She is currently an up and coming favorite of the national newspapers. The Daily Star has claimed she is their “latest discovery” set to follow in the foot steps of Kelly Brook and Lucy Pinder.
Francoise is featured in the June 2010 issue of Playboy USA.
In April 2009, Rio Ferdinand signed Boufhal up to his digital magazine 5 as his co-presenter. Boufhal has interviewed the likes of Danny Dyer, Alan Carr, Ashley Cole and Tamer Hassan In April 2010, Boufhal interviewed the Inbetweeners for the 3rd Issue of 5 Magazine Clips of the interviews can be seen at the official website at www.rioferdinand.com.
In May 2010 she made her debut on MTV interviewing celebrities and super car collectors for the London Motor Museum.
Boufhal is currently the weekly ‘Bloke Counsellor’ for Maxim UK, involving a heavy online presence.