By Andrea Magrath

Slim-fitting: Gemma Collins showed off her slimmed-down figure in a tight black dress today as she filmed scenes for The Only Way is Essex

She only had a supporting role last season, but The Only Way Is Essex star Gemma Collins looks ready to take centre stage.

The reality star showed off a new confidence today as she filmed scenes for the new series, proudly showing off the results of her recent health overhaul in a little black dress.

The 30-year-old spent the summer in boot camp on a new fitness regime to get her size 20 figure down to a healthier size 14.

She is ecstatic with the results, and took advantage of the opportunity to play dress-ups today for a party scene, arriving in a tight-fitting frock that showed off her curves.

The bubbly blonde wasn't quite ready for her close-up yet, turning up to the nightclub with her hair still wrapped in a towel.

She was joined by co-stars Lauren Goodger, Maria Fowler, Sam and Billie Faiers, Joey Essex and Lauren Pope to celebrate Jessica and Carol Wright's joint birthday party.

Weight loss: The reality star, pictured in May at the start of her new regime, went from a size 20 to a size 14 over the summer

Maria and Sam both arrived with their hair in rollers before the day shoot, ensuring their hair didn't fall flat before the cameras started rolling.

Gemma revealed in her Closer column this week that she is planning on a complete image overhaul to go with her weight loss.

'I'm now thrilled to be fitting into size 14 clothes,' she wrote, 'so I've chucked out all my old stuff.

Casual: Maria Fowler also filmed today for Jess and Carol Wright's joint birthday party, arriving with her hair in rollers

'I need to go on a serious shopping trip to overhaul my wardrobe... I also went for a new hairstyle last week.'

Discussing her boot camp during an interview earlier this month, Collins said she initially thought she wouldn't make it.

'I was packing my bag after three days. It was so different to what I was used to and it was such a shocker being in such a disciplined regime,' she said.

Not ready for their close up: Sam and Billie Faiers also arrived to film but waited until they were inside to dress up

Where's the party? Lauren and Nicola Goodger arrived dresses to the nines, while Lauren Pope slummed it in Uggs

'I sent my friend down to the trainer to tell him I was leaving because I didn’t have the guts to say it myself.'

Earlier this year, the 5ft 9in reality star spoke about how she piled on the pounds over the last five years following a heartbreaking miscarriage and subsequent break-up from her long-term boyfriend.

Before beginning her weight loss journey, Gemma wore size 20 (US size 16) and weighed 17 and a half stone. And while she looks incredible, she is keen to lose six stone in total - taking her to a size 12 (US size 8).

Elegant: Birthday girl Jessica Wright had to film her party during the day to fit in with the schedule

Explaining why she wanted to lose weight, Gemma said: 'I can’t say I only ate salad because, clearly, I do overindulge.

'But I’m not a sumo wrestler, I’m a human being. I want the old Gemma back. I say I am still proud of my curves, but I want to be healthy. I know I'm obese and it's not doing me any good.

'I'm never going to be tiny, I would look ill, but I need to lose a few stone.'

Suited and booted: Joey Essex arrived for the party

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