Former TOWIE stars Frankie Essex and Mario Falcone pictured filming for series finale

Published Tuesday, Nov 8 2016, 13:46 GMT  |  By  |  Add comment
Former TOWIE stars Frankie Essex and Mario Falcone have been pictured filming for the series 19 finale.

'The Only Way Is Essex' filming, Hampshire, UK - 06 Nov 2016
Mario Falcone, Frankie Essex, Chloe Sims and Liam Gatsby

© Rex Features / Beretta/Sims

Mario and Frankie arrive for filming.



Pictures taken on Sunday, 6 November show the Essex co-stars arriving on set together and being greeted by co-stars Chloe Sims and Liam 'Gatsby' Blackwell.

'The Only Way Is Essex' filming, Hampshire, UK - 06 Nov 2016
Mario Falcone, Frankie Essex, Chloe Sims and Liam Gatsby

© Rex Features / Beretta/Sims

Chatting to Chloe and Liam.



Frankie looks stunning in a floor length white gown and floral headpiece, while Mario is suited and booted in a dapper suit.

'The Only Way Is Essex' filming, Hampshire, UK - 06 Nov 2016
Mario Falcone, Frankie Essex, Chloe Sims and Liam Gatsby

© Rex Features / Beretta/Sims

Heading inside.



There's no word yet on why Frankie and Mario have returned to the show or whether they could be coming back next series. Frankie has confirmed via Twitter that she's appearing in the finale but hasn't said anything about staying on next series.

Frankie, who is Joey Essex's sister and Chloe Sims' cousin, left TOWIE in 2014 but has popped up a couple of times since.

'The Only Way Is Essex' filming, Hampshire, UK - 06 Nov 2016
Mario Falcone, Frankie Essex, Chloe Sims and Liam Gatsby

© Rex Features / Beretta/Sims

Frankie with Mario.



A source told The Sun that Frankie, 29, has also filmed scenes showing her at Chloe's birthday brunch. "It seemed natural for Frankie to be there as they are so close – it was the perfect opportunity for her to dip her toe back into TOWIE life," said the insider.

"Frankie has been working extremely hard to get confident again with her body. Now she's lost weight and got healthier, it's given her a real boost and she feels it's the right time to revisit her old friends and be back on TV."

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Frankie recently dropped from a size 16 to a size 8 after embracing a new healthy eating and exercise regime, and will spill her secrets in an upcoming weight loss DVD.

Mario, meanwhile, quit the series in August last year, but made a special appearance during the December Christmas special in a scene which saw him giving Billie Faiers' daughter Nelly her Xmas present.

TOWIE continues Wednesday at 10pm on ITVBe.

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