Absolutely Ascot is set for a slew of drama in its second series, as Claudia’s world is rocked by the return of her ex-boyfriend Gary.
The former teen lovers will reunite when the ITVBe series returns later this month, as newcomer Charlotte adds some glamour to the lineup.
It comes after sources revealed that the new series will see the cast head to Marbella in Spain, as several new faces arrive to ‘shake things up.’
Shocking: Absolutely Ascot is set for a slew of drama in its second series, as Claudia’s world is rocked by the return of her ex-boyfriend Gary Ball
Among the new stars is Gary Ball, who previously dated Claudia but they have been estranged for several years.
His return to Ascot will inevitable shock his former partner as well as her whole family, who each have their own feelings towards Gary.
A source told MailOnline: ‘Gary is a great addition to the cast. He’s not only a great character himself, but his return to Ascot adds a dimension to the Smith family we haven’t seen before.
‘Him and ex-girlfriend Claudia are an electric watch together and we’re really excited to have them both on screen.’
Suave: Gary leads the newcomers who are set to appear in the second series of the controversial reality series, which returns to ITVBe later this month
Sam Bernard will also be arriving in Ascot as Gary’s best friend, and Claudia blames him for being a bad influence on her ex.
Regardless Sam is fiercely loyal to his friends and only wants what’s best for Gary, though it remains to be seen whether this will cause clashes between the pair.
The source said: ‘Sam is one of those brilliant characters that presents a cheeky exterior but you see soon how much heart he’s really got. His Friendship with Gary is one viewer will find so endearing.’
Hunk: Sam Bernard will also be arriving in Ascot as Gary’s best friend, and Claudia blames him for being a bad influence on her ex
Close: Sam is fiercely loyal to his friends and only wants what’s best for Gary, though it remains to be seen whether this will cause clashes between the pair
Charlotte Lee adds some glamour to the series as a feisty single blonde who is always dressed to the nines despite working in her family’s chip shop.
The beauty makes an immediate splash by turning the head of fellow newbie Rudi Hewitt and is quickly embroiled in a love triangle with Mia Sulley.
The source said: ‘Charlotte is beautiful, funny, straight-talking. She wears her heart on her sleeve and suffers no fool.’
Beautiful: Charlotte Lee adds some glamour to the series as a feisty single blonde who is always dressed to the nines despite working in her family’s chip shop
Suave: Rudi is another single man on the lookout for love, and is expected to send hearts racing in Ascot with his rogueish charm
Best friends: He is also close pals with Henry Lee and newcomers Sam & Gary (above) and the trio are expected to send the girls’ hearts racing in the new series
Rudi is another single man on the lookout for love, and is expected to send hearts racing in Ascot with his rogueish charm.
A source added: ‘Rudi is sexy, charming and a bit of a rogue. Following his adventures navigating the single women of Ascot has been sweet and hilarious in equal measure. They certainly don’t make it easy for him! A really great addition to the cast.’
It comes after it was revealed that Absolutely Ascot would return for a second series.
The controversial reality show, which follows the lives of the ‘unique community’ of people living in the Berkshire town, is set to be ‘bigger and better than ever’, and will see the cast heading off on a lavish trip to Marbella, Spain.
Controversial:It comes after it was revealed that Absolutely Ascot would return for a second series with a host of new cast members
An ITV source told MailOnline: ‘Absolutely Ascot is back bigger and better than ever.’
‘The new kid on the block will continue to ruffle feathers on the reality landscape as this group of glamorous travellers and non travellers mix up a storm around Ascot together.’
Since the first series aired in 2018, the cast have fallen in and out of love, posted countless insta-stories and caused more drama than most do in a lifetime.
Returning to screens this autumn, the new eight-part second series will see some new faces who will join the the rest of the cast who continue to stir the pot on the Ascot social scene.
Back with a bang: The controversial reality show, which follows the lives of the ‘unique community’ of people living in the Berkshire town, is set to be ‘bigger and better than ever’
Series two will delve deeper into the tumultuous lives of Chloe Louise Bowler, Samson and Claudia Smith, Henry Simmons, Mia Sully and many more.
The new series will also see the cast party outside of Ascot as they go all out for a lavish Marbella getaway.
The reality show will continue to explore a community of proud Travellers and Gorgers (non-travellers) – where loyalty, family and tradition means everything but looking fabulous means even more.
Ascot babes: Make-up artist Mia Sully from Essex and Leah Fletcher from Staines-Upon-Thames in Surrey are set to return to ITVBe’s Absolutely Ascot series two this autumn
Tina Flintoff, CEO of Optomen Television spoke out about his excitement for the upcoming series two.
He said: ‘We’re thrilled to be making another series and look forward to seeing how things unfold when our newcomers appear on the scene.’
By the end of season one, Absolutely Ascot viewers had seen it all – from break-up and drinks being swilled, and even the birth of a baby.
The series one cast including Chloe Louise Bowler, Samson and Claudia Smith, Henry Simmons as well as the show’s producer, Demi Doyle, were spotted at ITV studios having a meeting for the show’s second series back in May.
Series two: The new eight-part second series will meet some new faces who will join the the rest of the cast who continue to stir the pot on the Ascot social scene
Glamorous: (pictured Leah Fletcher and Ellie Ball) Absolutely Ascot will continue to explore a community of Travellers and Gorgers – where loyalty, family and tradition means everything
Last year, Absolutely Ascot caused drama with Berkshire town locals, when residents decided to launch a petition for the ITVBe show to change its name.
A campaign was formed on the official parliament petitions website under the name: ‘False Advertising- ITV to rename show, as ‘stars’ are not actually from Ascot.’
The post stated: ‘TV show ‘Absolutely Ascot’ is a gross misrepresentation of a good area and many of its habitants are embarrassed by the recent advert broadcast on ITV.
‘Ascot is a sought after area to live in and many people are concerned that the programme will destroy its positive reputation.’
Most of the show’s stars hail from Essex and Slough, but Absolutely Ascot’s Ellie Ball insisted that she had lived in the Berkshire village for six years.
Tanned display: Ryan Paul Anthony and Alfie Best will also return to Absolutely Ascot this autumn
In October 2018, cast members from the hit reality show appeared on This Morning with Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford to defend the fact that the series is ‘real life’ and ‘not scripted at all’.
However, the cast of Absolutely Ascot ended up confusing viewers by explaining that they are ‘travellers’ but that they ‘don’t travel’.
The reality show saw a steady climb in ratings since its pilot in November 2018, with some episodes from season one raking in around 200k viewers.
Series two of Absolutely Ascot begins on Sunday 22nd September at 10pm on ITVBe.
Power couple: Loved-up Chloe Louise Bowler and Samson Lee Smith will feature in the cast. Series two of Absolutely Ascot begins on Sunday 22nd September at 10pm on ITVBe