Early and personal life
Faiers was born in Brentwood, Essex, to parents Suzanne "Sue" Wells and Lee Faiers. She has an older sister, Billie, who also stars on The Only Way Is Essex. Their parents split up when Sam and Billie were very young and their mother later married David Chatwood. Chatwood was arrested in 2011 after plotting to steal £1.1million in gold and silver bullion, but was released in May 2013.
Faiers was dating fellow TOWIE star Joey Essex, but they later split in 2012, before reconciling later that year. Essex then proposed to Faiers in March 2013 on a holiday in Dubai and she accepted. However, they split again on screen in June 2013 following several arguments between the pair.
In February 2014, Faiers was diagnosed with Crohn's disease. It is believed that she first displayed symptoms during her time in the Celebrity Big Brother house. Whilst in the house she was admitted to hospital twice to allow medical professionals to complete tests, which continued into February once she'd left the house, and subsequently culminated in her diagnosis.
2010–14: The Only Way Is Essex
On 10 October 2010, Sam appeared in the first episode of The Only Way Is Essex and has starred in all 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. The second series of the show saw Sam's sister Billie joined the cast. During this series Sam also began a relationship with new cast member Joey Essex, but they later split off-screen. They reconciled again on screen during the fifth series and got engaged during series 8. However, their turbulent relationship finally came to an end again months later in the series 9. In March 2014, Sam 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.
2014: Celebrity Big Brother
In January 2014, Faiers entered the Celebrity Big Brother house to compete in the thirteenth series. She entered handcuffed to fellow housemate, American starlet Jasmine Waltz, as part of a task. Whilst still in the house, it was revealed that Faiers had been meeting a journalist from OK! so that she could continue writing her weekly column for the magazine. Faiers made the final on Day 27 but finished in fifth place. Whilst in the house, Sam was unwell and stated that she 'couldn't keep food down'
She 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 and starred on the eleventh series of The Real Hustle, going undercover as a bitter ex-wife to help the Hustlers con a mark. 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. Sam has recently launched her own online fitness website (Celebrity Training with Sam Faiers) which offers only workout videos and healthy eating recipes
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)