By Georgina Littlejohn

Puppy cuddles: TOWIE's Mark Wright snuggled up to his pet dog Wrighty as he left an Essex nightclub last night

Since splitting from his long-term love Mark Wright has no doubt been fighting off the attentions of many a pretty girl on nights out.

But last night, The Only Way Is Essex star only had eyes for his faithful canine friend Wrighty as he cuddled him close while filming a party scene for the new series.

The nightclub promoter held on tightly to his little dog as he left the Funky Mojoe club in South Woodford last night.

And the way he was snuggled into his dog suggested that he had not left his side all night, despite being surrounded by glamorous and gorgeous women.

To be fair, two of them were his mother and sister, another was his ex-fiancé Lauren Goodger and the others were close friends.

Birthday girls: Carol and Jessica Wright both went for a Grecian-style look in their long white dresses as they posed with a friend outside the club

But there were bound to be more dolled-up ladies ready to seek his attentions inside the club - extras for the nightclub scene no doubt eager to be a part of one of TV's coolest gangs.

But Mark left alone at the end of the night, which was the first night shoot for the gang for the third series of the reality TV show, which starts on Sunday.

All the single ladies: From left, Lauren Pope and Nicola and Lauren Goodger looked sexy and ready to party

Calling it a night: After a long day and night filming their scenes, Lauren, in a Celeb Boutique ‘Cassie’ bandage dress, left clutching her comfy Ugg boots while Lauren threw one last pose for the cameras

It was also a night to celebrate. Mark's sister Jessica and his mother Carol made the event a joint birthday party.

Also attending were Lauren Goodger, who seemed to be very amiable towards her ex despite their very public break-up.

But if viewers are hoping for a reconciliation between her and Mark, they can think again, as Mark has made it clear that will not happen and it was the end.

Sisters are doing it for themselves: Billie and Sam Faiers looked very sexy as they arrived at the party together

Speaking on ITV2's TOWIE: Reem All About I - a refresher episode of the last series - Mark said: 'This time it has to be.'

He did however say that he would always love Lauren, who he began dating when they were both 14-years-old.

Family ties: Chloe Sims looked stunning in a long red gown as she arrived on the arm of her cousin Joey Essex - who she larked about with as she tried to plant a kiss on his cheek

He added: 'I love her so much and I know I always will. I'm scared for the thought of her to be with someone else, but I know I've just got to do it.'

Her sister Nicola and their good friend Lauren Pope, who, like Goodger, also became single again this summer after splitting from Kirk Norcross.

She looked stunning in a ‘Cassie’ bandage dress which cost £99.99 from

Not an extra anymore: Maria Fowler, now a fully-fledged member of the TOWIE gang, arrived in a black clingy dress and ruby sparkling peep toe heels

Norcross was at the party but appeared to avoid getting snapped as did Mark's good friend James 'Arg' Argent and his girlfriend Lydia Bright.

Other guests who were more than happy to stop for the cameras included Joey Essex, his cousin Chloe Sims and Maria Fowler.

The new and third series starts on ITV2 this Sunday night at 10.15pm.

Strike a pose: Birthday girl Jessica struck a pose as she larked about for the cameras as she and mum Carol headed home

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