PICTURES! Meet The Only Way Is Essex cast 2016

Here's a look at the The Only Way Is Essex cast for 2016, ahead of the new series kicking off this Sunday night.

Essex’s most famous residents are back on ITVBe for what will be their SEVENTEENTH series.

They're ready to set tongues wagging and create gossip galore as the drama continues following on from the Christmas special last year.

The group will be seen enjoying a winter getaway to Gran Canaria was a total of four new cast members join the show.

They include Love Island's Jon Clark who is now part of the cast alongside brother Chris. The pair began filming last week ahead of this weekend's opening episode.

A new pair of lovely ladies are also a part of the upcoming run in the form of best friends Chloe Meadows and Courtney Green They were papped out in Gran Canaria earlier in the month with the rest of the cast.

But some names are missing from the photos above.

In Arg's case, he simply wasn't around what with competing in The Jump and all, but both Fearne McCann and Jess Wright have announced they're taking breaks from filming so won't be appearing much this year.

As for who’s snogging who, who’s wearing what, and who’s misbehaving, all will be revealed when The Only Way is Essex returns to ITVBe from Sunday night at 10PM.

Browse pictures of the The Only Way Is Essex cast for 2016's seventeenth series in our gallery above...