One of Real Housewives of Cheshire’s most legendary cast members is returning to the show following the departure of her arch nemesis Dawn Ward.
Leanne Brown quit the reality show at the end of series six amid bitter feuds with her fellow OG ‘wife and former BFF Dawn after a dispute over a £500,000 loan made it to court.
But now that Dawn has made it clear she’s got no plans to return to RHOC, Leanne is back to reprise the role of Queen Bee.
But before we all get too excited, Leanne has said she’s taking a different approach to filming this time round – and instead of becoming a full-time cast member will include some scenes as part of her Boxstar: Celebrity Boxing stin.
"Rachel and I are fighting each other so they've decided to film it on the show," she said.
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"If you're gonna cross me, you'd better not cross me. You don't mess with Magali."Magali starred in Real Housewives of Cheshire in 2015. Although the housewife only appeared in series one and two, after shouting-matches and rifts, she definitely left a lasting impression on her co-stars. Magali even found herself wrapped up in a twitter-spat with RHOC star Ester Dee in spring 2018, when Ester claimed she didn't know who Magali was.
Five years on, Magali is still living the highlife. The football-mum prides herself on her luxurious lifestyle, which she regularly shares with her 100k+ Instagram followers. Ahead of series 14 in 2021, Magali told Manchester Evening news that the show was more set up than viewers are lead to believe. "They ask 'how was your day?' and 'what's happening in your life?' and you tell them what's going on," she said. If you don't have anything going on in your life you have to set up situations. But I always had a storyline and something going on."It's not really reality."I was always myself but it looked like I was psychic because I knew what would happen."
Missé Beqiri joined the RHOC cast in April 2016 for series three, but by series five in March 2017, Missé had been demoted to a 'guest housewife'.
The model divorced her footballer husband of two years, Anders Lindegaard and got together with Jake Hall - yes, Chloe Lewis' ex from TOWIE. Missé and Jake went on to get engaged and have a daughter together, River. But it hasn't all been plain-sailing for the two reality stars - as Jake received a brief restraining order to stay away from Missé in December 2018. The pair are back together and co-parenting baby River and Missé's son from her marriage with Anders. Missé's was left devastated in December 2019 when her brother Flamur was shot and killed in South West London.
Ampika Pickston was an original housewife - joining the RHOC family in series one and lasting until 2017, when she left after series five.
After a long on/off relationship with partner Mark, Ampika revealed in July 2018 that she was engaged after a new whirlwind romance. Whilst Ampika continues to keep her mystery romance under wraps, she promotes her own weight loss company - Skinny Revolution throughout her social media.
Fans were shocked when OG cast member Leanne Brown didn't return for series six in spring 2018. After an upsetting feud and long court battle with ex-bestie Dawn, Leanne decided to call it quits on the ITVBe show.
Leanne still keeps her fans up to date with her enviable WAG lifestyle - and reportedly even has a tell-all memoir in the pipeline.
Stacey Forsey became a guest-housewife in series one (no - we don't remember either) before joining the cast full time for series three - six.She was demoted to 'friend' status by series seven.
Nowadays the artist-turned-writer promotes her lifestyle brand and book, Scrumplicious Sweet Treats: Gluten, Dairy and Egg Free, through Instagram. According to her social media, she's still great pals with Seems Malhotra, who still stars on the show. She's proud mum to a teenaged boy and girl and over lockdown launched her own YouTube cooking channel called Baking With Stacey.She wrote, "As the days get shorter, the nights get longer and the weather gets colder, there's nothing quite like a cosy night in with a heartwarming meal, so that's exactly what we're baking today! This sweet potato hash is my take on my mums recipe for a traditional potato hash, made with plenty of vegetables rich in bioflavonoids and succulent shin beef. Best of all, it takes minimal prep and requires minimal cooking as you just throw it all in one big pot and leave it to do its thing!"
Nermina lasted just under a year on the hit ITVBe show before producers made her a 'guest-housewife'.
According Nermina's website, the aspiring pop-star has begun a new chapter of her life focusing on re-establishing her music and modelling career in the UK and worldwide, whilst enjoying her suburban life with her husband, dogs and horses. Last year, the former reality star gave birth to a baby girl with husband Erik.Who is Nermina Pieter-Mekic's husband Erik Pieters?Erik Pieters is a professional footballer who currently plays for Burnley. He's also previously played for Utrecht, PSV Eindhoven, Stoke and Amiens, as well as the Dutch national team. As well as their daughter Alaya-Rose, who was born in April 2021, Nermina and Erik also share four dogs. Following Alaya-Rose's birth, Erik admitted he was worrried about missing the big moment due to his football commitments, however luckily that wasn't the case.He told OK!, "I was worried I could be at a game a four-hour drive away. I was so pleased I was there, because it was beautiful."
OG housewife Lauren lasted an incredible eight series on the show and was loved by fans for saying exactly what she thought. Remember that squirm-inducing scene with Taylor Ward and Sam Reece? Exactly.
We were devastated when Lauren quit the show before series nine. Her on/off friend Dawn Ward said, "Lauren has some personal stuff going on."Lauren's an amazing person, I am missing her to bits. I speak to her daily but she has other commitments at the minute that she needs to concentrate on."In January 2020 it was revealed that Lauren was back in the bosom of the RHOC family - yaaaaas - and, in the latest season, fans watched as she announced the unsettling confession that she's actually slept with a ghost. Uhhh, what?
Perla Navia was a housewife from series seven to ten, and was introduced as the yoga teacher of Rachel Lugo's husband John.
Perla announced she would not be returning for series 11, and wrote on Instagram, "And the time to hang my heels is finally here! Leaving the show was a difficult decision but necessary."I will miss every single person from the unbelievably production crew that make the show happen, they work endless hours to create the magic and peeps I take my hat off to you! Thank you."Since leaving the show Perla has stepped up her yoga career and launched her own fitness and wellness studio in her hometown of Wilmslow. In 2021 Perla had a chance reunion with Dawn Ward after the former 'wives bumped into each other during lunch. Despite their rocky relationship on screen, Dawn wrote, "Sat watching the England game and had the biggest surprise when @perla_navia turned up to say hello."I love this beautiful human being so much made my night. Beautiful inside and out!! #friends #specialfriends".
Page 3 model Leilani Dowding lasted just one season (ten) in the show but in her brief appearance managed to rile many cast mates, including Dawn Ward and Christine McGuinness.
Leilani revealed in January 2020 that she would not be returning to the show. In March 2020, she and her rocker boyfriend, The Cult's guitarist Billy Duffy, became engaged.
Czech-born Ester Dee joined RHOC in 2016 and shocked her cast mates when she opened up about her complicated love life with secret husband Jon Temple and fiancé Rob Lloyd.
Ester quit the show in August 2020, admitting she "hadn't been happy" while filming the last two series, and hit out at the "incorrect" editing. And, since leaving, she has claimed that former co-star Nicole Sealey was "not her cup of tea" after the pair became involved in a seemingly ongoing feud. Uh oh...
While she was never an official Housewife, Christine McGuinness made a number of appearances on the show between series seven and eleven.
Christine announced she was departing RHOC at the same time as Ester. She said, "I've got to make time for other things and with any time that I've got I need to spend it with the family and children."
OG Housewife Dawn Ward is one of only two cast members to have starred in all twelve seasons of the ITVBe show (the other is Tanya Bardsley).
But after series 12 finished airing on screens, Dawn announced the end of an era when she revealed she wouldn't be returning to the show that made her famous.In a heartfelt statement released on Instagram, Dawn said, "Everyone who knows me knows I'm all about my family, so I've decided that after 12 seasons on the show I would like to concentrate on projects with them."
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"I know I have always said I would never ever go back but filming the fight and potentially a few little scenes is different than me going back full time. At first I was hesitant but I thought if they want me to film a few other scenes then why not? Bring it on.
"It will actually be quite nice so I'm looking forward to it. Tanya is really good friends with Rachel but also really close to me so I guess the big thing will be who she will support," she told The Sun.
She even hinted that she’d be open to giving the people what they want and meeting Dawn herself in the ring.
"Rachel and I are friends so we will have a big hug and a drink after the fight no matter who wins," she continued.
"I bet there would be a lot of people who would pay a few quid to watch me and Wardy fight instead. A few people have joked saying I should call her out to get in the ring with me.
"If I beat Rachel, maybe I'll challenge Wardy for my next fight."