She's one of the most famous women in the world – but making her way to the top involved a lot of hard graft for Meghan Markle.

Years of auditions and even a stint as a Deal or No Deal Briefcase girl paved the way for what would become a successful acting career.

And desperate to make a name for herself on screen, the Duchess of Sussex previously admitted to lying to try and bag a TV job.

She made the candid admission in 2015 when asked which role saw her get her first Screen Actors Guild card, a US union that represents more than 100,000 actors, and a requirement to have for some acting jobs.

Meghan revealed she pretended to be in a union in order to try and get a small part in a pilot for Century City, a 2004 CBS show.

She told an audience: “I was Taft-Harteleyed, which is I pretended I was union…. and you have to… it was the pilot called Century City with Héctor Elizondo.

“And I got there, and they’re like – so you're union.

“And I'm like of course, I'm union I mean yeah absolutely. And then I wasn't. To this day those casting directors will never hire me.

“I was such a fraud.”

Meghan finally hit the acting jackpot when she landed her big break as paralegal Rachel Zane in hit US legal drama, Suits.

Her first job had been when she was just 13.

She sold frozen yogurt at a shop called Humphrey Yogart in California.

Her former boss, Paula Sheftel, said: "She earned minimum wage and was very popular with customers.

"She had to prove she had an outgoing personality and would work well with staff."

Meghan deleted all her social media accounts before she married Harry.

But she had tweeted that she had met one of her "idols" Baywatch actress Yasmine Bleeth in the parking lot of the frozen yogurt shop.

She said she said to her: "Oh my God, I loved you in that Soft & Dri commercial" to which Yasmine replied: "OK, thank you!"

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Meghan's other film roles include having a part in the 2005 film "A Lot Like Love" with Ashton Kutcher.

She had a short scene and was just called "hot girl" in the credits.

MONEY reported she was only supposed to say "hi" but she convinced the director to give her five lines.

In her quest to become a successful actress Meghan also worked on a game show where she modelled briefcases in 2006.

She joined the game show "Deal or No Deal" and became part of a group of women whose job was to wear matching outfits and hold the numbered cases.

The contestants had to guess which suitcase might contain $1 million (£760,150).

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A colleague said she made $800 (£608) an episode but she didn't like the job.

Meghan told Esquire that the role was uncomfortable as she was "standing up there forever in these terribly uncomfortable and inexpensive five-inch heels just waiting for someone to pick my number so I could go and sit down."

Like many thespians who seek a big break Meghan worked as a waitress

She told Vanity Fair it is one of "those things that actors do."

However very little is known about where she worked and whether she enjoyed serving diners.

Meghan also starred in a commercials for Tostitos in 2009.

Meghan is browsing the aisles of a grocery store trying to decide what to buy when a voice, which is not hers, says: "13 ingredients?

"That's more people than I invited to the party."

Meghan picks up a bag of Tostitos that shows it has three ingredients.

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