Name Tom Pearce

Birthday 22 May 1990

Star sign Gemini

Birthplace Essex

Before finding fame on the BAFTA award-winning show The Only Way Is Essex, Tom Pearce was raised in Chigwell, Essex with his sisters Alex and Lily.

He went to school with best friend and future co-star Joey Essex, as well as Pixie Lott’s brother Stephen.

Tom later enrolled at Loughborough University to study economics, where he graduated with first class honours.

Following his education, he went straight to work for a top investment bank.

Tom always wanted to follow in the footsteps of his father, who’s a successful broker in London, and passed Financial Services Authority exams so that he could legally trade.

The UK’s financial meltdown prevented Tom from achieving his dream career.

On 15 April 2012, Tom Pearce made his first television appearance as part of TOWIE’s supporting cast.

He was introduced as Joey Essex’s school friend and new flatmate in series five of the hit show.

Tom began dating DJ Lauren Pope, who was seven years his senior, before going out with Mark Wright’s ex Lauren Goodger.

He took an interest to newcomer Abi Clarke in series eight. Things between the pair fizzled out when he discovered that she had previously had a fling with his best friend James ‘Diags’ Bennewith.

After briefly dating Mario Falcone’s ex-fiancée Lucy Mecklenburgh, Tom started seeing Grace Andrews. Their relationship ended in series 12.

In June 2012, he defended the cast of TOWIE in a blog that he wrote for the Huffington Post. Tom hit back at claims that they were all ‘uneducated idiots’ by describing some of their achievements and highlighting the programme’s entertainment purpose.

He split up with The Bachelor 2012 winner Khloe Evans in early 2013. The couple were together for around six months and parted ways just days after Valentine’s day.

In May of the same year, Tom Pearce launched his online clothing store