After becoming the latest Apprentice to be fired, Noorul Choudhury insisted he was the ‘life and soul of the party’, not the quiet character seen on the BBC1 show.

The 33-year-old Rochdale-based science teacher was kicked off the show after team Empire lost a task to sell bric-a-brac, making a loss of £169.

Sir Alan Sugar told Noorul during the sacking: “I don’t know what you’ve been doing here and I think you have escaped the radar – you’re fired!”

But Noorul said: “They make characters out of you, don’t they? Certainly the way that I was portrayed, the way that Phil is being portrayed at the moment, the way James (McQuillan) was portrayed for the first couple of episodes.”

He said of coming across as shy and retiring: “This is completely the opposite of what I am.

“My colleagues and friends and family have said, ‘You’re nothing like that, I just don’t get why you have been shown like that’… I’m always the life and soul of the party … I’m always talking and chatting.”

Nooral is now back in the classroom and is working on a science project to ‘revolutionise men’s shirt collars’ and keep them looking clean.

He said he was also in talks with former contestant of this series Majid Nagra to start an online recruitment business.

He said: “I’m really looking forward to it. Majid is such a character.”