Birth name Lucy Olivia Mecklenburgh

Birthday 24 August 1991

Star sign Virgo

Birthplace Brentwood, Essex

Many years before she shot to fame on TOWIE, Lucy Mecklenburgh was born to mum Linda and dad Paul in Essex in 1991. She has two sisters, Christie and Lydia.

Lucy‘s parents split when she was 8 and she decided to move in with her dad in her teens while her siblings stayed with their mum.

The pretty brunette always cared about her looks and started using fake tan when she was 12 along with friend and TOWIE co-star Sam Faiers, though she admits that it often turned out ‘streaky’ and smelly.

Lucy was a tall and skinny teenager. She wowed viewers with her stunning good looks when she joined the cast of hit ITV2 show The Only Way Is Essex in 2010.

She certainly caught the eye of her male co-stars too. After flirtations with Mark Wright, Joey Essex and Kirk Norcross, Lucy started dating Italian hunk Mario Falcone.

The couple’s on-off love had viewers hooked. A smitten Mario proposed to Lucy on screen during a trip to Marbella in the summer of 2012 and gave her a huge diamond ring.

But just a few months later the engagement was called off and the relationship soon ended following allegations that Mario had been unfaithful.

Lucy was linked to The Wanted singer Max George and fellow TOWIE star Tom Pearce after breaking up with Mario.

The former couple were soon parted on screen too. After several years on TOWIE, Lucy left the show following the 2013 Christmas special while Mario remained in the cast.

Fashion icon Lucy has her own clothing store in Brentwood called Lucy’s Boutique and also runs online fitness programme Results With Lucy.

She’s done various sexy photoshoots and has modelled for the likes of sports brand Ellesse.

Several months after leaving TOWIE, Lucy appeared as a celebrity contestant on BBC gymnastics show Tumble. She was partnered with pro Billy George and reached the final.