Known for being one of the poshest personalities on TV, Mark-Francis Vandelli rose to reality fame back in 2011 when he joined the soon-to-be hit show Made In Chelsea.
The star, who recently appeared on Celebs Go Dating, slotted perfectly into the SW3-based cast but has now revealed that he didn't know any of his co-stars before joining.
Chatting with OK! this week, Mark said: "I was the black sheep. I didn’t know a single person. I had a jewellery shop on Mount Street and my lawyer worked for Fremantle Media. He told me it’d be good PR for my shop. I said thank you but I’m not interested. I didn’t have time.
"Then before I knew it two casting agents came to my house. Someone let them in. They recorded an interview with me. Before I knew it, I was at Raffles Nightclub at midday [filming]."
A large portion of the Made In Chelsea cast is known for running in the same circles, with stars such as Spencer Matthews and Jamie Laing knowing one another from the age of 15.
While many of the cast even went to the same private schools, with Spencer and Oliver Proudlock both attending Eton College, one of the most prestigious schools in the UK. While Hugo Taylor and Millie Mackintosh, who also appeared on the first series of the show, met as teenagers.
While Mark may have been a newbie, he quickly formed connections with many of the cast, particularly Sophie Hermann and Victoria Baker-Harber.
When we probe whether these friendships have stood the test of time, with all three stars having left the show, Mark replies: "Of course."
Mark may not have gone to school with the MIC cast, but he is recognised for his connections to high society, including brushing shoulders with royal acquaintances and a luxurious lifestyle.
He is the heir to Russian royalty through his parents: his mother is Russian princess Diane Boulting-Casserley Vandelli, a millionaire socialite and former model, while his father is Marzio Vandelli, a former Italian industrialist.
Mark last appeared on Made In Chelsea in 2022, but has not officially announced a departure from the show. He recently decided to look for love on TV by taking part on Celebs Go Dating.
But due to his famously private nature, show expert Anna Williamson dubbed him one of the most 'difficult' contestants to date.
She said: "He is probably the biggest challenge we've ever had in the history of Celebs Go Dating and he is stretching even my coaching skills to the maximum."
Google Lens and Mark-Francis Vandelli are encouraging the nation to take part in a UK-wide treasure hunt, with the chance to put your uncovered gems up for auction, using Google Lens to uncover your items. To get involved, submit your finds to [email protected] where you could see your discovered objects turn into pounds. To see Mark's Francis Google Edit go to https://timed.sworder.co.uk/auctions/8712/sworde1-10048 available until November 4th
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