Michelle has a laugh with her future sister-in-law as she waits for Strictly's Mark to get home

Mark Wright was clearly VERY excited to get back to Essex on Wednesday – and Michelle Keegan!

The ex-TOWIE hunk, 28, has spent quite a bit of time away from Michelle, 27, in recent weeks while travelling the country on the Strictly Come Dancing live tour.

But after a gig in Liverpool, Mark headed straight home to see his stunning fiancée, who has been heading back and forth from Manchester to Essex for her BBC drama.

‘Just checked out of the last hotel on tour. After tonight’s show its
home timeeee !!!! #ownbed #homecomforts #mk #happy 👍👊👌😉👏👫🏃,’
he’d Tweeted earlier in the day.

Naww.

Despite Mark‘s arrival being imminent, Ordinary Lies actress Michelle wasn’t going to stay in waiting for him.

Instead, the actress headed out to Chigwell restaurant Sheesh with Mark‘s older sister Jessica Wright, his cousins Leah and Elliott Wright and a group of pals.

They were joined by TOWIE stars including Jasmin Walia and Danielle Armstrong

Jess, 29, re-Tweeted the Twitter post: ‘With the girls @SheeshChigwell @ellieclements @michkeegan @leahwright_ @MissJessWright_ @KrystalDawnMUA @hannahwieteskax 👯👯.’

We’re sure Mich and Mark had a lovely reunion once they’d both got home, even if they probably were a bit knackered.

And it’s really sweet that Michelle‘s become so close to her future in-laws.

Even though he’s now returned to his original stomping ground, Mark – who reached the Strictly final in December – is still technically on tour.

He’ll be in London on Thursday to perform the first of two dates at Wembley
Arena before finishing up with another two nights at The O2.

After that, it sounds as though he’s looking forward to getting back to his old routine. 

Mark used to play semi-professional football and now regularly enjoys kickabouts with his mates. He’s already told a pal on Twitter that he’ll be back on the pitch next weekend.

And then there’s the small matter of a wedding to sort out. He and Michelle are currently finishing off the smaller details of their big day, which is taking place later this year.

Now THAT’S exciting!

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Anna Duff