Sam Faiers has landed her first role in a movie just a month after announcing she had quit The Mummy Diaries ITV series.
The mother-son duo will star in the upcoming animated Paw Patrol movie which is set to premiere in August.
New beginnings? Sam Faiers has landed her first role in a movie alongside her five-year-old son Paul just a month after announcing she had quit The Mummy Diaries ITV series
Sam and Paul join a star-studded cast for the film, including Jimmy Kimmel, Dax Shepard and Randall Park.
Fellow mother Kim Kardashian, 40, also voiced a character in the children’s movie produced by Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon.
Last month Kim shared the trailer on social media, where she said: ‘I’m so excited for you guys to hear me play Delores in Paw Patrol: The Movie!’
One to watch: The former TOWIE star, 30, will be branching out into the film business as she is set to take on a voiceover role in the upcoming animated Paw Patrol movie
Sam and Paul’s appearance in the film comes after she announced in early June that her family would be leaving The Mummy Diaries after seven years of filming.
It is understood her contract with ITV previously restricted her from certain projects.
A source told the MailOnline: ‘Sam’s been inundated with offers since announcing her departure from the Mummy Diaries and has already lined up a number of major roles.
‘She’s excited to be working with such a world-renowned studio and hopes this will open up new career opportunities for her.’
Changes: In early June Sam announced her family would be leaving The Mummy Diaries after seven years of filming, leaving her sister Billie to do the show with her family
Explaining her reasons for leaving the show last month, the former
Sam, who is also mother to three-year-old Rosie with partner Paul Knightley, said that her ‘family needed a break from it all’ as she thanked the production company and her fans for their support.
Alongside a series of snaps from nine series on the show, she penned: ‘To my wonderful followers and supporters of The Mummy Diaries over the past 7 years, after many months of consideration, I’ve decided that now feels like the right time to step away and to focus on new adventures.
‘I truly have watched all the most defining moments in my adult life play out on The Mummy Diaries – bringing two beautiful children into the world, my relationship with Paul, building my businesses, creating a home together as a family, and of course all the wonderful memories with Billie and my family.’
She went on: ‘I’m so grateful to ITV and Potato for giving me and my children the best home movies anyone could ask for, I could never have imagined all these years ago that we would still be here today- 9 series on! But more importantly I will be forever appreciative to our incredible viewers.
The TV personality went on to explain her decision for leaving the ITVBe show, which she’s featured on since 2016, citing her beloved children as the main reason.
Tough call: Sam, who is mother to Paul Jnr, five and three-year-old Rosie, who she shares with partner Paul Knightley (all pictured), said that her ‘family needed a break from it all’
She explained: ‘For those of you wondering why, and this is the honest truth; I always said when the children start school, I would reassess the situation and this wasn’t an easy decision to make by all means but I’ve decided I would let my family take a break from it all.
‘For me personally TV has been my career for the last 11 years, you have watched me grow up since I was 19 and I don’t plan on retiring yet.
‘I’m working on some exiting projects and very excited for this next chapter. I love you all so much thank you Sam x.’
Moving on: Sam shared a heartfelt message to her fans, explaining why she was leaving the show after seven years and nine series
The star also confirmed that her sister Billie, her husband Greg Shepherd and their children Nelly, seven, and Arthur, four, who also feature, will be starring in their very own spin-off show.
She concluded: ‘Also guys the Shepherds are currently filming their own show, an exciting spin off picking up from the last series ☺️ can’t wait to watch it sis.’
Sam’s post was flooded with several messages from her fans sharing their disappointment at her exit and wishing her luck for her next endeavour.
Sam first shot to fame in The Only Way Is Essex in 2010, staying for four years before moving on.
After a stint on series 13 of Celebrity Big Brother in 014, she went on to bag her own TV show Sam Faiers: The Baby Diaries, documenting her road to motherhood after she fell pregnant with oldest child Paul.
The one-off show led to a full series Sam Faiers: The Mummy Diaries, which followed her and partner Paul as they got to grips with being parents.
So it begins: The one-off show led to a full series Sam Faiers: The Mummy Diaries, which followed her and partner Paul as they got to grips with being parents
As her sister Billie, 31, began to feature in the show on a more regular basis, her name was added the title in series three, with the title changing to Sam & Billie: The Mummy Diaries.
Throughout the years, viewers have witnessed several big moments for the sisters, with siblings welcoming children, Billie getting married in the Maldives, and Sam and Paul making the decision to send their son Paul Jnr to nursery.
Meanwhile, Billie and her husband Greg have landed their very own series, Billie & Greg: The Family Diaries.
Duo: As her sister Billie, 31, began to feature in the show on a more regular basis, Sam’s name was dropped from the title in series, with the title changing to Sam & Billie: The Mummy Diaries
The new series will follow the exploits of the couple and their new children as well as seeing them adapt to live in their new Essex dream home.
After an eventful year, which saw Billie take part in Dancing On Ice, the episodes will capture milestone moments for the family as they continue to make new memories.
Amanda Stavri, Commissioning Editor of Factual Entertainment at ITV said of the news: ‘We’d like to thank Sam and her family for helping to make The Mummy Diaries one of ITVBe’s signature series.
‘They’ve shared some of the most poignant and personal moments in their lives over nine series, and we hope to work with them again in the future.
New show: Meanwhile, Billie and her husband Greg have landed their very own series, Billie & Greg: The Family Diaries
‘We’re delighted to be starting a brand-new chapter on ITVBe and ITV Hub with Billie, Greg, Nelly and Arthur. The Family Diaries will continue to provide all of the humour, candour and family fun that have made The Mummy Diaries such unmissable TV.’
While Sam shared: ‘There’s no family more entertaining than the Shepherds, so I can’t wait to sit back as a viewer for a change and watch the fun play out while I have a few adventures of my own away from the cameras.’
Meanwhile, Billie and Greg commented of their new chapter: ‘We are so grateful for everyone’s amazing support over the years, it’s been a whirlwind of a journey so far but we’ve loved every minute of sharing our lives with you!
‘As you all know by now, no two days are ever the same in the Shepherd household and now that we’re finally on our way to our dream home, we can’t wait to bring you all along for the highs, the lows and everything in between!’
Sam & Billie: The Mummy Diaries is currently available on BritBox.
Exciting: After an eventful year, which saw Billie take part in Dancing On Ice, the episodes will capture milestone moments for the family as they continue to make new memories