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Samantha Faiers
Sam Faiers 2015.jpg
Faiers in 2015
Born Samantha Elizabeth Faiers
(1990-12-31) 31 December 1990 (age 27)
Brentwood, Essex, England
Residence Hertfordshire, England, UK
Nationality British
Occupation Celebrity, TV personality, businesswoman
Years active 2010–present
Television The Only Way Is Essex (2010–14)
Celebrity Big Brother (2014)
Sam Faiers: The Mummy Diaries (2016–)
Partner(s) Mark Wright (2010)
Joey Essex (2010–11, 2012–13)
Paul Knightley (2014–present)
Children 2
Relatives Lee Faiers (father)
Sue Wells (mother)
David Chatwood (stepfather)
Billie Faiers (sister)

Samantha Elizabeth "Sam" Faiers (born 31 December 1990) is an English television personality and model. She is signed to Elite Model Management[1] and is best known for having starred in the ITV2 semi-reality programme The Only Way Is Essex. In 2014, she competed in the thirteenth series of Celebrity Big Brother, finishing in fifth place.

Contents

  • 1 Early and personal life
  • 2 Career
    • 2.1 2010–14: The Only Way Is Essex
    • 2.2 2014: Celebrity Big Brother
    • 2.3 Other ventures
  • 3 Singles
  • 4 Television appearances
  • 5 See also
  • 6 References
  • 7 External links

Early and personal life[edit]

Faiers was born in Brentwood, Essex, to parents Suzanne "Sue" Wells[2] and Lee Faiers.[3] She has an older sister, Billie, who also stars on The Only Way Is Essex.[4] Following their parents split while Sam and Billie were children, [5]their mother later went on to marry David Chatwood.

In February 2014, Faiers was diagnosed with Crohn's disease.[6] It is believed that she first displayed symptoms during her time in the Celebrity Big Brother house. During her stay in the house she was admitted to hospital twice for tests, which continued into February once she had left the house, finally achieving a diagnosis.[6]

On 21 August 2015 it was reported that Faiers was expecting her first child with current boyfriend Paul. Faiers gave birth to a baby boy, Paul Tony Knightley, on 29 December 2015. In July 2017, Faiers revealed she was expecting her second child.[7] On 11 November 2017, Faiers gave birth to a baby girl, Rosie Knightley.[8]

Career[edit]

2010–14: The Only Way Is Essex[edit]

On 10 October 2010, Faiers appeared in the first episode of The Only Way Is Essex and has starred in eleven series of the show. Her early storylines on the show seen her involved with Mark Wright despite him being in an on/off relationship with Lauren Goodger at the time.[9] The second series of the show saw Faiers's sister Billie join the cast. During this series Faiers also began a relationship with new cast member Joey Essex, but they later split off-screen.[10] They reconciled again on screen during the fifth series[11] and got engaged during series 8.[12] However, their turbulent relationship finally came to an end again months later in the series 9.[13] In March 2014, Faiers announced that she would be taking a break from TOWIE after the end of its eleventh series, due to a lack of storylines, her recent Crohn's disease diagnosis, and to work on her relationship with Joey.[14][15]

2014: Celebrity Big Brother[edit]

In January 2014, Faiers entered the Celebrity Big Brother house to compete in the thirteenth series.[16] She entered handcuffed to fellow housemate, American starlet Jasmine Waltz, as part of a task. It was revealed that Faiers had been meeting a journalist from OK! during her stay in the house, so that she could continue writing her weekly column for the magazine.[17] Faiers made the final on Day 27 but finished in fifth place.[18] While in the house, Faiers was unwell and stated that she 'couldn't keep food down', and was later diagnosed with Crohn's disease.[6]

Other ventures[edit]

Faiers has made guest appearances on chat shows such as Loose Women, This Morning and Daybreak. She was a panellist on the fifth episode of series 8 of Shooting Stars[19] and starred on the eleventh series of The Real Hustle, going undercover as a bitter ex-wife to help the Hustlers con a mark.[20] She has also been a panellist on Celebrity Juice twice, once during the sixth series and again in the ninth series with her (then) fiancé Joey Essex. Faiers has recently launched her own online fitness website (Celebrity Training with Sam Faiers) which offers only workout videos and healthy eating recipes.[21]

Singles[edit]

Single Year Peak chart positions Album
UK
"Last Christmas"
(featuring cast of TOWIE series 3)
2011 33 non-album single

Television appearances[edit]

Year Show Role Note
2010–14 The Only Way Is Essex Herself Cast member
2011, 2012, 2013 Loose Women Guest, 5 episodes (11 May, 16 September, 5 December 2011, 14 June 2012, 19 September 2013)
2011 Shooting Stars Panellist, 1 episode (4 September 2011)
2011, 2013 Celebrity Juice Panellist, 2 episodes (15 September 2011, 11 April 2013)
2012 Daybreak Guest, 1 episode (4 January 2012)
The Real Hustle Guest, 1 episode (3 February 2012)
The Million Pound Drop Live Contestant, 1 episode (14 July 2012)
2013 Splash! Series 1, supporting Joey Essex
All Star Mr & Mrs Contestant, 1 episode (22 May 2013)
2013, 2014 This Morning Guest, 2 episodes (29 November 2013, 31 January 2014)
2014 Celebrity Big Brother Series 13 housemate
Celebrity Big Brother's Bit on the Side
Big Brother's Bit on the Side Guest, 1 episode (5 June 2014)
Celebrity Big Brother's Bit on the Side Guest, 1 episode (18 August 2014)
2016 Sam Faiers: The Baby Diaries One off episode following the birth of her son, Paul
2016 – present Sam Faiers - The Mummy Diaries Full series following her son Paul's first year

See also[edit]

  • List of people diagnosed with Crohn's disease
  • List of The Only Way is Essex cast members