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18 "TOWIE" Stars When They First Became Famous Vs Now

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1. Lydia Bright

Lydia took a short break from TOWIE, but since returned to the show. She runs a clothing boutique in Essex called Bella Sorella with her sister and she also has her own fashion blog.

2. Lauren Goodger

Lauren has also taken a break from the show, but she's due to come back this series. She's appeared on Dancing On Ice and Celebrity Big Brother, she's made a fitness DVD, and she has a range of beauty products called Lauren's Way.

5. Mark Wright

Mark left TOWIE in 2011. He has since appeared on I'm A Celebrity and Strictly Come Dancing and has presented Take Me Out: The Gossip, ITV Breakfast, Daybreak, Mark Wright's Hollywood Nights, Surprise Surprise, Party Wright Around The World, and The Dengineers. He is now married to Michelle Keegan and presents a show on Heart Radio.

6. Sam Faiers

Since leaving TOWIE, Sam has appeared on Celebrity Big Brother and several panel shows. She also has her own healthy eating and fitness website, and she appeared in the show The Baby Diaries.

8. Amy Childs

After leaving TOWIE, Amy appeared in Celebrity Big Brother and The Jump. She also had her own reality TV show called It's All About Amy, she's released several beauty ranges and a fitness DVD, and she runs a beauty salon in Essex.

11. Gemma Collins

Gemma has recently returned to TOWIE after taking a short break. During that break she appeared on Celebrity Big Brother, I'm A Celebrity, and Splash. She has also presented a section on This Morning and she has a fashion line for plus sized women called Gemma Collins Collection.

16. Ferne McCann

Ferne is still on TOWIE, and has appeared on I'm A Celebrity. She's a showbiz reporter for This Morning and she's also looking into theatre projects. She also has a fake tan line called Ferne Beauty.

17. Lucy Mecklenburgh

Lucy has her own show in Essex called Lucy's Boutique. After leaving TOWIE, she took part in Tumble. She also runs an online personal training and nutrition website.

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