Mario Lorenzo Falcone (born 21 February 1988) is an English television personality. He is best known for starring as himself in the ITV2 semi-reality programme The Only Way Is Essex.

In August 2013, he launched his own online dating website -

The Only Way Is Essex

Falcone made his debut appearance on The Only Way Is Essex during the third series in 2011. Since then, he has become known for his on/off relationship with fellow cast member Lucy Mecklenburgh. In June 2012, they got engaged on screen during a The Only Way Is Marbs special, but then they called off their engagement during the seventh series of the show after several rumours were spread about Falcone cheating and Mecklenburgh deciding she was too young to get married. Their turbulent relationship finally ended off screen in February 2013. During the ninth series of the show, Mecklenburgh finally confronted Falcone, throwing a glass of red wine in his face after finding out that he had cheated on her twice.

With effect from June 2014, Mario has been suspended from TOWIE for snorting cocaine.

Celebrity Big Brother

On 22 August 2013, Falcone entered the Celebrity Big Brother house, competing in the twelfth series. He follows the footsteps of former The Only Way Is Essex cast members Kirk Norcross and Amy Childs. On 13 September, he finished fifth and left the house with fellow housemate and sixth place Vicky Entwistle.

Personal life

Falcone is the only son of Mario and Kim Falcone. He has two older sisters, Giorgina and Giovanna. Giovanna is married to McFly singer-songwriter and guitarist Tom Fletcher.

In June 2013, it was revealed that Falcone had attempted suicide by taking an overdose of "horrendously strong painkillers" following his split with Mecklenburgh.


2011–presentThe Only Way Is EssexHimselfCast member
2012Loose WomenHimselfGuest, 1 episode
2013Celebrity Big BrotherHimselfSeries 12 housemate
2013, 2014Celebrity Big Brother's Bit on the SideHimselfSeries 12 housemate, Series 13 guest