The Only Way is Essex debuted on ITV2 more than a decade ago and while some cast members like Mark Wright and Lauren Goodger have surged into the limelight, some of the original stars have turned their backs on stardom
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It has been over a decade since Only Way is Essex made its dramatic debut on our screens, with the first episode airing on ITV2 towards the end of 2010.
The cast included Mark Wright, now 35, and Sam Faiers, now 31, who are among the reality show’s contestants who have since become household names.
Others include Amy Childs, 31, James Argent, 34, Lauren Goodger, 35, and Lucy Mecklenburgh, 30 – who have all appeared in other TV projects in their careers.
Not all of the original cast members have remained in the public eye, however, as a handful of contestants have stayed away from the spotlight in recent years.
Kirk Norcross, 33, was part of the cast for season one and continued on the show through season eight, having appeared on and off between 2010 and 2013.
During this time he appeared on Celebrity Big Brother and published his autobiography, Essex Boy.
In recent years, however, Kirk has taken a break from the world of showbiz.
The father of two has instead focused on another career, with Kirk running his own jet wash business, KN Jet Services.
Kirk has two children from previous relationships and is now the proud father of daughter Violet, five, and son Harry, four.
And he’s an ambassador for the Papyrus charity, which aims to stop young people from taking their own lives. His involvement follows the tragic death of his father Mick Norcross last year.
Another OG cast member was Maria Fowler, 35, who appeared in the early episodes of TOWIE. She left after the third season, which aired on ITV2 in 2011.
She later founded the makeup brush brand Fierce Face and has since blogged with a personal Instagram account and a home renovation account.
Maria married 40-year-old motocross racer Kelvin Batey in 2019.
The couple are parents to two daughters, with their oldest, Evie, five, and their youngest, Nellie, who is one.
Elliott Wright was part of the first season of TOWIE and has made brief appearances on the show since. He even had his own spin-off titled Playa in Marbella in 2017.
Though he hasn’t turned his back on fame — having last appeared on the show in 2020 — he has nonetheless pursued a career that’s prolific not just on television.
He has instead focused on being an entrepreneur, opening a restaurant, rooftop grill and boat charter business in Spain. Unfortunately, his restaurant Olivia’s La Cala was devastated by fire last year after he recently rebuilt the business.
He and his wife Sadie Stuart Wright are parents to son Billy, two.
The couple suffered a tragic miscarriage with their second child last year when Sadie was five months pregnant. Elliott has two teenage children – Elliott Jnr and Olivia – from his previous marriage.
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Candy Jacobs only appeared in the first season of TOWIE – with fans who may have forgotten her involvement as she worked behind the bar at Sugar Hut.
Accordingly OKShe has since pursued a career away from the spotlight, including working for design and creative technology company Rehab Agency.
A social media page believed to be owned by Candy is private but teases in the bio: “I was famous for about 4 months. Yes. But to my kids, I’m a superstar.”
She has been married to photographer Marc Hayden since her brief stint on the show – and tied the knot in 2014. They reportedly have a daughter together named Havana.
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