Francoise Boufhal

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Francoise Boufhal (born on 18 December 1988) is an English model, actress and presenter.


Early life

Born Françoise Boufhal on December 18, 1988, in Hexham, Northumberland, England,[1] 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.[2] Boufhal's first major role was in the hit children's BBC 1 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.[3] Her body grew very fast. At the age of 16 she became 'very curvy' and her chest size had increased rapidly. (At the age of 11, she was 28B. By the age of 14, 28D. By 16 she was her full size.) She had a slim figure but was not generally considered tall, which presented difficulty in her acting and modelling career. Boufhal was, however, in the pilot for GRUBBS, a children's cookery program scheduled to be regularly on the Discovery Kids channel.


At 5 feet 4 inches (1.63 m), and having a 28H chest,[4] Boufhal was rejected by fashion houses for being too short and having an 'unusual' figure'.[5]

Boufhal has appeared in Nuts as "Nuts Next Top Model",[6] Zoo,[7] and was Maxim's April 2009 cover girl.[8] The Daily Star has claimed she is their "latest discovery" set to follow in the footsteps of Kelly Brook and Lucy Pinder.[citation needed]

Francoise is featured in a non-pictorial article in the June 2010 issue of Playboy USA.[9]


In April 2009, Rio Ferdinand signed Boufhal up to his digital magazine #5 as his co-presenter.[10] Boufhal has interviewed the likes of Danny Dyer, Alan Carr, Ashley Cole and Tamer Hassan In April 2010, Boufhal interviewed the Inbetweeners for the third issue of 5 Magazine.[11] Clips of the interviews can be seen at the official website.[11]

In May 2010 she made her debut on MTV interviewing celebrities and super car collectors for the London Motor Museum.[12][13][14]

Boufhal is currently the weekly "Bloke Counsellor" for Maxim UK, involving a heavy online presence.[15]


  1. ^ Francoise Boufhal's Blog, Francoise Boufhal's bio. Retrieved 9/1/2010.
  2. ^ "Robson Green Biography". RealNetworks. 
  3. ^ "Francoise Boufha Face of Rio Ferdinands".£5-says-her-hug. 
  4. ^ "Biography". Francoise Boufhal's Site.  Site inaccessible as of 2011-03-03
  5. ^ Umair, Ahmed (2009-04-27). "Francoise Boufhal – The ’28H’ babe!". Soccerlens - Football News. 
  6. ^ "Nuts Next Top Model: Francoise". Nuts Magazine. IPC Media. 
  7. ^ "Francoise Boufhal Rockets".  Site inaccessible as of 2011-03-03
  8. ^ "Uncle Bingo" (2009-03). "Francoise Boufhal: She's Trying On Our Pants!". Maxim Magazine. Dennis Publishing Limited. 
  9. ^ "Playboy USA". Francoise Boufhal's Weblog.  Inaccessible as of 2011-03-03.
  10. ^ "Rio's new signing". The Sun. News Group Newspapers Ltd.. 2009-04-21. 
  11. ^ a b "Rio Ferdinand". 
  12. ^ "Caste Study #29". Lisa Tse Creative Consulting. Lisa Tse Ltd.. 
  13. ^ "BDI member Lisa Tse customises the London Motor Museum". 
  14. ^ "Let the Sun Shine". Francoise Boufhal's Weblog.  Inaccessible as of 2011-03-03
  15. ^ "Francoise Boufhal". Maxim UK. Dennis Publishing Limited.