The Only Way is Essex is back!

As of last Sunday (2nd August), the TOWIE crew are back in action and armed with two new cast members.

Yet another handsome Essex chap has graced our screens and goes by the name of Sam Mucklow.

So, who is Sam Mucklow? Will he fit in?

Let The Fun Begin … #towie

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Tommy Mallet

Sam Mucklow is best friends with TOWIE royalty, Tommy Mallet.

We saw the pair reunite on the first episode of The Only Way is Essex Italia (Sunday 2nd August).

Georgia Kousoulou (Tommy’s girlfriend) arranged the group trip to Sardinia and secretly got Sam to come out and surprise Tommy.

What a great girlfriend!

Sam surprises Tommy screenshot TOWIE Italia s23 e1

Sam Mucklow Ear Fracas

It looks as though Sam’s got a bit of a past.

He was banned from watching football matches for three years after an incident in Brazil in 2014.

Sam got into an argument with another fan at the World Cup, which resulted in the victim having part of his ear bitten off.

Sam admitted to being involved in the row but denied biting the victim.

Either way, we’re sure Sam and the other bloke are hearing less about that incident nowadays…


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Nicole Bass

Sam Mucklow has a girlfriend that some of us may recognize.

Nicole Bass was on both TOWIE and Ex on the Beach.

Sam and Nicole have been together for five months now, although she won’t be making a second appearance on this series of TOWIE.

My absolute world 🌍❤️ #ilovehim

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Billi Mucklow

Sam is the younger brother of another familiar face from TOWIE, Billi Mucklow.

He has two sisters, Georgie and Billi, and judging by his Instagram account it looks like it’s family first for the Mucklow family.

Sam’s sister Billi is married to footballer Andy Carroll. They have two sons together called Arlo and Wolf.

Familia @billimucklow @giorgiemucklow x

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Sam looks like a pretty well-connected Essex fella, so we doubt he’ll have any problems settling into the group.

Then again, this is TOWIE – there’s bound to be some kind of muggy behaviour going on.

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