30/08/2014 04:10 BST | Updated 30/08/2014 16:59 BST

Towie Star, James 'Arg' Argent, Sparks Missing Person Alert 'When He Went To The Wrong Airport'

The Only Way is Essex star James 'Arg' Argent's triggered a missing persons appeal Saturday - because he went to the wrong airport, his father has said.

Police were growing increasingly concerned for the welfare of the 26-year-old, best known as Arg on the hit reality show, after he was last seen at around 3am yesterday at his home in Woodford Green, Essex.

But this morning his agent Neil Dobias confirmed that Argent was "safe and well".

He said: "He's been found safe and well. I'm not sure of any of the details but he's called home and spoken to his mum. I just know that he's safe and well."

James 'Arg' Argent

Earlier, Mr Dobias said the reality TV star had left home at 3am yesterday morning but had failed to turn up at the airport to catch a flight for work abroad.

The reality TV star's his father, told MailOnline he may have gone to Stansted Airport in Essex while his agent waited at Gatwick.

"We had to report it because his agent was panicking, we were panicking, because we couldn't account for his whereabouts. We tried all his friends and none of them knew where he was.

"He's just phoned to say he had trouble with his phone and he's sorry to have caused everyone all this worry."

The hashtag #PrayForArg was trending on Twitter as concerned fans/sarcastic Britons voiced their concerns.

Popular Arg shot to fame when he joined the Towie cast along with his best friend Mark Wright when the series first aired in 2010.

Since then he has seen his stock rise including collecting the show's Bafta Audience Award in 2011, amassing 1.4 million followers on Twitter and appearing on a host of chat shows.

In 2012, he completed the London Marathon in a little over six hours in aid of Cancer Research.

He is expected to appear in the next season of Towie due to be aired on new channel ITVBe in October.

Argent's most recent tweet was written on Thursday and in it he mentioned his ex-girlfriend and Towie co-star Lydia Bright.

Their will they/won't they relationship was the focus of the last series of the reality show.

He wrote: "I really miss my old pal @LydiaRoseBright will you hurry up and get back from Italy ASAP! #Needy x"

Meanwhile, this morning, former Towie star Sam Faiers tweeted: "We're all worried come home @RealJamesArgent"

Towie star Gemma Collins, who Arg has been romantically linked with on Towie, tweeted a message saying "Arg is ok", followed by multiple smiley faces.

Another name from the show, Georgia Kousoulou, tweeted: "Thank god. Arg is okay!!!"