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The Only Way Is Essex cast: TOWIE veterans and legends return for new series

New TOWIE 2017 cast revealed

Here's your first look at The Only Way is Essex 2017 cast.

Some familiar faces are on their way back to TOWIE for its 21st series with legends and veterans making their comebacks.

James 'Arg' Argent, Lauren Pope, Mario Falcone and Mike Hassini all return for the new run.

Having re-appeared briefly during the last series, Lauren and Mario make a full time return to the cast, having both been at the forefront of the drama during their previous stints on the show.

Lauren, who first appeared during series one in 2010, will be reunited with frenemy Chloe Sims, with whom she shared a rocky on/off friendship. Mario, who joined the show in series three in 2011, is best known for his relationship with Lucy Mecklenburgh.

After a year away from the show, James 'Arg' Argent is also due to return to filming, and will appear mid way through series 21.

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Meanwhile, brand new additions to the cast include new girls Ruby Lacey and Maddie Hooper, who are best pals with current cast member Georgia Kousoulou.

The Only Way Is Essex is back on ITVBe on Sunday 10th September at 10pm.

The new series will be the second of two this year as part of a change to the reality show's format.

It was previously revealed show bosses had decided to cut the number of series of the show in 2017 but increase the number of episodes per series.

That means rather than three or four shorter runs, there will just be two series that will air for up to three months each.

This year's first will ran for a total of 18 episodes back between March and May. The number of episodes in the second series run hasn't been confirmed just yet.

The Only Way Is Essex 2017 airs Sunday and Wednesday nights on ITVBe.