Amy Childs was TOWIE’s first breakout star and a major reason why viewers first flocked to the show.
The red-haired beautician, who once claimed she could ‘get drunk on a wine gum’, launched the ‘vajazzle’ into the public consciousness, never before did women know they could bling-up their private parts.
Amy, 32, still lived with her parents during her first stint on TOWIE, in an impressive detached house just off a main road in the town of Brentwood, where the series is largely set.
The £1.2million property boasts a large driveway, with room for at least four cars, and is still owned by her parents William and Julie.
She was privately educated at the prestigious Brentwood School where she excelled, becoming a ‘star pupil’.
Making us well jel! How privately-educated Amy Childs stood on her own two feet with a £1m Essex home (right) after the original TOWIE star grew up in an impressive detached house (left)
OG: Amy was TOWIE’s first breakout star and a major reason why viewers first flocked to the show
Despite having wealthy parents, Amy was always encouraged to work which led to her bagging a Saturday job in a salon which kickstarted her career in the beauty industry.
Amy, who is expecting twins, now lives with her boyfriend Billy Delbosq and two children, daughter Polly, five, and son Ritchie, four, from previous relationships, in a chalet-style home on the same road, roughly 400-metres away from the house where she grew up.
A smaller three-bedroom bungalow stood on the original site before it was demolished to make way for the new £1million home.
Amy’s time on the show only lasted two series, but her onscreen antics cemented her place in TOWIE folklore.
She had relationships with co-star Kirk Norcross and was known for her ditzy personality.
Off the back of her success on the series, she launched her own salon, clothing brand, a range of cosmetics and a baby homeware collection.
Her decision to quit TOWIE in 2011 caused shockwaves among fans, who felt her departure was premature given the series was still in its infancy.
Amy’s first major TV appearance post-TOWIE was in Channel 5’s Celebrity Big Brother in the same year she left, where she made the final won by Paddy Doherty.
Family girl: Amy, 32, still lived with her parents during her first stint on TOWIE, in a detached house just off a main road in the town of Brentwood (left: Amy’s old kitchen, right: her new one)
Good for her! She was privately educated at the prestigious Brentwood School where she excelled, becoming a ‘star pupil’ (left: old bedroom, right: new one)
Pregnant: Amy, who is expecting twins, now lives with her boyfriend Billy Delbosq and two children, daughter Polly, five, and son Ritchie, four, from previous relationships
Gorgeous: They reside in a chalet-style home on the same road, roughly 400-metres away from the house where she grew up
Happy: Polly looks delighted with her bedroom in her mum’s trendy pad
After renovations: A smaller three-bedroom bungalow stood on the original site before it was demolished to make way for the new £1million home
Wow! Polly even has her very own toy castle in the neatly-kept garden
Shortly afterwards she landed her reality show It’s All About Amy, while also enjoying a stint in Channel 4’s The Jump in 2014.
She gave birth to her first child Polly in April 2017 but she split from the child’s father Bradley Wright six weeks after she was born.
They broke up after Bradley was jailed for 18 months for handling stolen goods.
Speaking on Lorraine shortly afterwards, Amy said: ‘I have been let down again. I am so upset and angry. We love each other but I can’t have him around right now.’
The father of Amy’s second child, a businessman called Ritchie, the same name as their son, keeps a low profile and the former couple split 11 months she she gave birth in September 2018.
The reality favourite made an emotional return to TOWIE in 2020 ending years of speculation that she would be making a comeback.
She appeared initially to coincide with the show’s 10-year anniversary, but later became a regular castmember once again.
Speaking about her return, she told The Sun: ‘I felt like I really needed this to get my confidence back.
‘I was focusing on my kids and my business and I needed this to focus on myself again, so that definitely means seeing me more on TV.’
Last month, Amy announced she and boyfriend Billy have landed their own reality show on ITVbe called Amy Childs: The Twin Life.
Speaking about the series, she said. ‘We are so excited, literally just started filming.
‘I look like I am ready to pop completely now. It’s going to be hard obviously having twins, but we are super excited and we can’t wait for you all to see.’
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