JAMES ‘Arg’ Argent has made The Only Was Is Essex fans giggle and chuckle for seven years, and he’s now the show’s longest-serving cast member.
He returned from a stint in rehab earlier this year noticeably thinner and has shared video of his gruelling workouts – here’s what we know about him following his stint on Celebs Go Dating…
Who is James ‘Arg’ Argent?
James Argent was born on December 5, 1987.
He grew up in Chigwell, Essex with his parents Martin and Patricia Argent and his sister Natasha.
James attended Trinity Catholic High School in Woodford but always wanted to perform and he began acting in 2002 after winning The Kenny Award at the Kenneth More Theatre in Ilford.
How long was James ‘Arg’ Argent in Towie?
Where the others have slipped away and are focusing on other projects Arg continued to keep going strong appearing in every series up until last year’s season 19.
He was booted off the show because of his behaviour, but now is making a return.
Arg was introduced as the fun-loving sidekick to Mark Wright and also sung at a number of Essex parties with his classic Frank Sinatra style voice.
Quickly after the start of the show Arg’s ex-girlfriend Lydia Rose Bright was introduced and the pair rekindled their romance despite his previous infidelity.
The on-off couple eventually split up with Lydia starting up a relationship with character Tom Kilbey and the two leaving the show together.
That romance was not to last and Lydia made a return to the series in 2014 for series 11, she and Arg the re-started their on-off relationship.
They are no longer together.
Is Arg single?
As well as Lydia, Arg has had a relationship with bubbly Towie co-star Gemma Collins.
However, his seven-year on/off romance with Lydia proved too tempting to pass up and they made up after she returned to the show.
The Sun Online exclusively revealed on February 20, 2017 that Arg enjoyed a secret romp with Gemma Collins during the same Marbella holiday he bedded ex-girlfriend Lydia Bright – proving that the love triangle is far from over…
Since then he has remained single, but as well as appearing on Celebs Go Dating he has tried finding love on Take Me Out.
However, despite bagging a date with a bubbly redhead, things started going awry quickly and their date ended in disaster.
What is the latest on Arg’s body and addiction battles?
Arg lost Lydia for good in the summer of 2016 after Lydia revealed she allegedly caught him relapsing on his drug habit and using the class-A drug cocaine.
The pair had a showdown on the beach in Marbella where Lydia revealed that he had “made her hate him”.
Since then he has vowed to kick the habit for good and earlier this year he jetted to Thailand to check into a rehab facility.
Since being overseas he has reportedly lost one stone and is “getting mentally stronger”. But it hasn’t been enough to keep him on TOWIE as bosses told him he could not return for the rest of the current series.
Arg’s battle with his weight has also been a very public one, as he has ballooned and dieted consistently on the show.
On the programme he has tried boot camps, dieting and regular meetings and is constantly ribbed by the other lads about his eating habits.
Early in 2016 Arg managed to shift three stone but was disappointed to have regained the weight after struggling to maintain the healthy lifestyle.
The reality star claims his problem is his sweet tooth. He said: “My trouble is, I just love my treats and chocolate and sometimes I don’t know when to stop.”
What other shows has James ‘Arg’ Argent been in?
If you don’t watch Towie but James ‘Arg’ Argent still looks familiar to you, it may be because you’ve seen him in one of the many other shows he’s popped up in.
He has also been in Celebrity Super Spa, All Star Family Fortunes and Sugar Free Farm.
In 2016 he was also a contestant on The Jump, but wasn’t very successful in the high adrenaline game, as he was the second to be voted off.