TOWIE original cast: then and now

The only way is up, well for some of them...

The promo pictures from season 1 of The Only Way Is Essex

by Hesham Abdelhamid |

Remember the original TOWIE stars? We've had a look at what they're all doing now because why not?

The TOWIE gang first graced our screens in 2010. Don't you miss those good old days with Sam Faiers, Amy Childs, Lauren Goodger and co? The show has pretty much lost all its original members, but they will forever be the OGs of our little reality TV hearts.

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The TOWIE cast in 2011 ©Getty Images

Even though many of show's original faces have left the show, they are still out there doing their thing and we just needed to know what they're up to.

In fact, you might not even recognise this lot after their face-tightening, St Moritz-ditching and teeth-bleaching - but don't worry, WE HAVE GOT YOUR BACK.

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heat TOWIE stars then and now stacked

Lauren Goodger Essex Fashion Week - Mar 2011
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Lauren Goodger takes on the red carpet at Essex Fashion Week back in 2011, a year after the show launched. Stripes and fake tan for days.

Lauren Goodger at OK! Magazine's 25th anniversary party.
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Oh YASS, the glow up is real.Check out Lauren Goodger in 2018. We don't know what magical moisturiser she is using but we are well jel - she looks younger. She briefly returned to TOWIE and has since launched her tanning brand LG Tan.

Harry at the UK Premiere of 'Burlesque'
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TOWIE's sweet heart and cousin to TOWIE royalty, Amy Childs, at the afterparty of a film premiere. Looking so young and fresh faced.

Harry strikes a pose on his Instagram.
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After quitting the show TWICE in 2014 (so, extra) he followed in his cousin Amy Childs' footsteps and opened his own boutique which later closed down. Now, he is a social media influencer and make-up artist and slaying the game. He has also announced his adoption plans with his fiancé Dean Rowland.

Gemma Collins at a TOWIE dvd release signing in Westfield
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Do you remember when she was a brunette? Yeah, no one does.

Gemma on ITV's Loose Women
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"So, girls"She later ditched the bangs, the brunette hair and the excessive tan.After becoming TOWIE's most meme'ed star, she's launched her own TV show Diva Forever, dropped a podcast and she continues to be in an on/off relationship with James 'Arg' Argent.

Amy at the launch party for 'The Only Way Is Essex'
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Amy Childs in her signature red hair back in 2010 - on the red carpet for the launch of The Only Way Is Essex.

Amy Childs at OK! Magazine's 25th anniversary party
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After being the first one to quit the show, she stormed the showbiz world with her own reality TV show, starred in Celebrity Big Brother and she is now reported to be worth over £5 million. She's also a mum to Polly and Rich.

Mark wright at his own birthday party at the Chigwell in Essex
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Other than being an immediate TOWIE heartthrob / major palyer, he also used to model early on in his career.

Mark Wright at iHeart's Radio Music Awards in LA, California
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Mark is now happily married to Michelle Keegan. He has his own radio show, he used to be the face of Take Me Out: The Gossip and he ventured across the pond to work with Mario Lopez on Extra.

James at Ann Summers event
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This is what he looked like in 2011, a year after TOWIE launched.

James Argent at ITV's Loose Women
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Following his break-up from his on screen love, Lydia Bright, he took sometime off from TOWIE. He appeared on and off for a number of series but in 2020 he opened up about his cocaine addiction and eating disorder. He is now in an on/off relationship with Gemma Collins.

Lydia at the 'Gnomeo and Juliet' premiere
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Lydia opened her own boutique as soon as she joined TOWIE. She left the show after major drama with co-stars James Argent and Gemma Collins.

Lydia Bright at the 71st British Academy Film Awards, Royal Albert Hall, London, UK
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Lydia's now mum to a little girl, Loretta.

Sam Faiers' promo picture for the launch of The Only Way Is Essex
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Quintessential Essex glamour is the best way to describe this picture but she definitely wins the best glow up...

Sam Faiers at This Morning  earlier on this month
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She 100% glowed up the most. Her life changed drastically since she first appeared on TOWIE. After leaving the show, she became a mother to Paul and Rosie. She followed Amy Childs' footsteps and joined Celebrity Big Brother and she has her own show The Mummy Diaries. You go girl.

Kirk Norcross promo shot for TOWIE
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He is a TOWIE original. He left the show three years after first appearing on our TV screens.

Kirk Norcross at his book signing in Derby
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Not much has changed, except he is a dad to two children now.

Maria at a film premier in 2011
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She had a very short time on TOWIE after she was dubbed "just a f***ing extra" by Kirk - harsh, right?

Maria Fowler out and about in London
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We use the term 'now" very loosely with Maria, this picture is from early 2017 - that's because we can't find any recent pics as she is keeping it on the down low. We do know that is she is a makeup artist now, she's married to Kelvin Batey and they're expecting their second child later this year.

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Despite being on TV for a jaw-dropping ten years, The Only Way Is Essex is still incredibly popular, with most of the cast now pretty famous. Described as Britain's answer to The Hills and Jersey Shore, this reality TV show looks set to remain a firm TV fixture.

In March 2020, filming of series 26 of the hit ITV reality show was suspended because of the global coronavirus pandemic.

Three cast mates who very much will not be appearing, whenever it's filmed, are Chloe Ross, Jayden Beales and Joey Turner who were reportedly given the boot after failing to impress viewers.

A TOWIE spokesperson confirmed Chloe and Jayden's departure and said, "We review our cast every series to ensure we're keeping the show fresh and relevant" but said final decisions had yet to be made about Joey.

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