Joey Essex

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Joey Essex
Born Joey Don Essex
(1990-07-29) 29 July 1990 (age 24)
Southwark, London, England[1]
Nationality British
Known for The Only Way Is Essex (2011–13)
Splash! (2013)
I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! (2013)
Educating Joey Essex (2014–)
The Jump (2015)
Partner(s) Sam Faiers (2011, 2012–13, 2014)
Relatives Donny Essex (father)
Tina Essex (mother: deceased)
Frankie Essex (sister)
Linda Sims (grandmother)
Chloe Sims (cousin)
Charlie Sims (cousin)
Madison Sims (second cousin)
Official website

Joey Don Essex (born 29 July 1990)[2] is an English television personality and DJ for Sugar Hut, a nightclub in Brentwood, England. He rose to fame in 2011 after appearing in the ITV2 television series The Only Way Is Essex.[3] In 2013, Essex left the show; his sister Frankie also left the show in 2013, although his cousin Chloe remains on it. In 2013, Joey took part in the first series of the celebrity diving show Splash! and the thirteenth series series of I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!, where he finished in fourth place. In 2015, he will take part in the Channel 4 reality series The Jump.



Essex first appeared in The Only Way Is Essex as supporting cast in series 2 with his cousin Chloe Sims but was then promoted to main cast in series 3 where his sister, Frankie joined as supporting cast. His other cousin, Charlie Sims joined as supporting cast during the ninth series. In 2011, the TOWIE cast recorded and released a single entitled "Reem":[4] however, the song did not chart in the UK. He also featured in a song with the cast of TOWIE series 3, "Last Christmas", originally released by Wham! in 1984. The cover peaked at number 33 on the UK Singles Chart.

Essex appeared on a Christmas special of All Star Family Fortunes in December 2011 playing for his team, Essex, against the cast of Benidorm. He also featured on the Essex team against Benidorm in The Big Quiz in 2012. So far, he has made eight guest appearances on Celebrity Juice, twice in 2012 and six times in 2013, including regular appearances during the tenth series. He has also made guest appearances on Loose Women, 8 Out of 10 Cats, Daybreak, The Xtra Factor, This Morning and Through the Keyhole.[5]

In 2013, Essex competed in the first series of Splash! where he was eliminated during the "splash-off" in the second heat against television presenter Charlotte Jackson.[6]

On 13 November 2013, it was announced that Essex had quit The Only Way Is Essex.[7] It was also confirmed that he would be appearing in the thirteenth series of I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here![8] However he was voted out on 6 December 2013 after lasting 20 days in the jungle finishing 4th behind Emmerdale star Lucy Pargeter, fashion designer David Emanuel and former Westlife singer Kian Egan.[9] During his time on the show, Essex was close to Miss Universe Great Britain Amy Willerton.[10] Joey denied the rumours of the pair dating and confirmed they were just friends although he has since claimed they have kissed and slept together.[11]

In March 2014, Essex starred in a one-off documentary called Educating Joey Essex, taking place in South Africa, narrated by Phillip Schofield. ITV2 later ordered a full series began airing in June 2014.[12]

He will take part in the Channel 4 reality series The Jump in 2015.

Other ventures[edit]

Essex appeared at the Professional Beauty Show in Excel, London to promote Crazy Angel Fake Tan.

On 8 March 2013, Essex launched a hair products range, Joey Essex: D'Reem Hair.[13][14] On 23 March 2013, he opened his shop Fusey in Brentwood.[15]

In July 2013, Essex appeared in the Volvic advert alongside Sam Faiers on a tropical island where they both mimed "La Bamba".[16]

On 12 September 2013, Essex launched two fragrances, Fusey aftershave for men and My Girl perfume for women.[17]

Personal life[edit]

Following his mother's suicide, Essex was told by his family at the age of 10 years old that the death was caused by a fall but, in 2010, he found out the truth from his sister, Frankie.[18][19]

He was first brought into TOWIE supporting his cousin, Chloe Sims and was later joined by sister Frankie as he was promoted to main cast.

Essex was engaged to fellow TOWIE star, Sam Faiers, but later split.[20] They reconciled later in 2012.[21][22] He then proposed to Sam in March 2013 and she accepted. However, they split again on screen in June 2013 following several arguments between the pair. In March 2014, they gave their relationship another go.[23]

Music releases[edit]


Single Year Peak chart positions Album
"Reem" 2011 non-album single
"Last Christmas"
(featuring cast of TOWIE series 3)



Year Show Role Note
2011–2013 The Only Way Is Essex Himself Main Cast (Series 2–10)
2013 Splash! Contestant, Series 1 (Heat 2)
I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! Contestant, Series 13 (Finished In 4th Place)
2014— Educating Joey Essex Main Cast
2015 The Jump Contestant, Series 2

Guest appearances[edit]


  1. ^ Search general register office (GRO)birth records 1761-2006 | Fully indexed birth records |
  2. ^ Llewellyn, Angharad (27 July 2012). "TOWIE cast plan 80s party for Joey Essex". The Sun (London). Retrieved 8 July 2013. 
  3. ^ "Joey Essex - TOWIE Faces". Retrieved 22 November 2013. 
  4. ^ Shah, Kavi (19 June 2011). "TOWIE's Joey Essex signs record deal to release single called Reem". Metro. Retrieved 8 July 2013. 
  5. ^ "Joey Essex". IMDb. Retrieved 22 November 2013. 
  6. ^ Westbrook, Caroline (2013-01-12). "Joey Essex misses out on Splash glory as Eddie The Eagle triumphs | Metro News". Retrieved 2013-07-08. 
  7. ^ "Joey Essex is leaving TOWIE!". 2013-11-13. Retrieved 2013-11-22. 
  8. ^ "I'm a Celebrity: Rebecca Adlington, Steve Davis, Joey Essex among cast - I'm A Celebrity News - Reality TV". Digital Spy. 2013-11-13. Retrieved 2013-11-22. 
  9. ^ I'm A Celebrity 2013: viewers react with shock at Joey Essex's unexpected exit alongside Amy Willerton | Metro News
  10. ^ "I'm a Celebrity 2013's Joey Essex and Amy Willerton share a hot tub – Mail Online". Daily Mail (London). 
  11. ^ "Joey Essex enjoyed mile high romp Amy Willerton hooking I'm A Celebrity". Retrieved 2014-08-11. 
  12. ^ "Essex gets ITV2 series". Retrieved 2014-07-29. 
  13. ^ "Joey Essex Beach Spray 250Ml - Groceries - Tesco Groceries". Retrieved 2013-07-08. 
  14. ^ "Twitter / neonmanagement: JOEY ESSEX D'REEM HAIR". Retrieved 2013-07-08. 
  15. ^ "Twitter / JoeyEssex_: Very excited to announce that". Retrieved 2013-07-08. 
  16. ^ Joanna Crawley (2013-07-11). "Sam Faiers and Joey Essex get hot and steamy on tropical island...but it's all for an advert". London: Retrieved 2013-11-22. 
  17. ^ "Joey Essex poses with two-tone black and pink suit - pictures - The Only Way Is Essex News - Reality TV". Digital Spy. 2013-09-12. Retrieved 2013-11-22. 
  18. ^ Lucy Buckland (2012-09-02). "'We all wanted to protect Joey': TOWIE's Frankie Essex reveals her family's pain after her mother committed suicide". Daily Mail (London). Retrieved 2013-07-08. 
  19. ^ Sarah Bull (2011-10-19). "TOWIE's Joey Essex talks for the first time about his mother's suicide". Daily Mail (London). Retrieved 2013-07-08. 
  20. ^ Manning, Jenny (2012-05-21). "TOWIE's Sam Faiers and Joey Essex split". London: The Sun. Retrieved 2013-07-08. 
  21. ^ Martin, Laura (3 January 2014). "Joey Essex and Amy Willerton should have been together forever". Daily Mirror (Trinity Mirror). Retrieved 7 January 2014. 
  22. ^ Manning, Jenny (2012-05-01). "It's official - TOWIE'S Sam and Joey are back on". London: The Sun. Retrieved 2013-07-08. 
  23. ^ Greenwood, Carl (2014-03-09). "Joey Essex and Sam Faiers are back together the former TOWIE star says - 3am & Mirror Online". Retrieved 2014-07-29. 
  24. ^ "'Only Way Is Essex's Joey Essex, Sam Faiers for 'Million Pound Drop' - The Only Way Is Essex News - Reality TV". Digital Spy. 2012-07-04. Retrieved 2014-07-29. 
  25. ^ "Joey Essex, Kym Marsh to face The Cube next month - TV News". Digital Spy. 2014-03-26. Retrieved 2014-07-29. 
  26. ^ "The Cube Episode 1 | presscentre". 2014-04-11. Retrieved 2014-07-29. 


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