Gemma Collins

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Gemma Collins
Gemma Collins book signing.jpeg
Collins in 2013
Gemma Clare Collins

(1981-01-31) 31 January 1981 (age 38)
Romford, London, England
ResidenceBrentwood, England
  • Television personality
  • businesswoman
Years active2011–present

Gemma Clare Collins (born 31 January 1981)[1][2] is an English media personality and businesswoman, known for appearing on the ITVBe reality series The Only Way Is Essex. In 2019, she is set to star in her own reality series, titled Diva Forever.[3]

Early life[edit]

Collins was born in Romford, London, and attended the Sylvia Young Theatre School.[4] She also attended Frances Bardsley Academy.[5][6] Before her career in television, she was a used car sales person.[7]


The Only Way Is Essex[edit]

In 2011, Julie Childs, mother of Collins' schoolfriend Amy, informed producers of the ITV2 reality series The Only Way Is Essex about Collins, who was a used car sales woman at the time. They went to Collins' house and then filmed her and her friends for two weeks.[8] After going back to work selling cars for a week, she was hired and joined the cast of The Only Way Is Essex from its second series in 2011; her first ever scene was selling a car to Kirk Norcross.[8] Gemma's mother Joan joined in the fifth series in April 2012.[9]

Other television[edit]

Collins occasionally presents competition segments on ITV series This Morning, and has also made appearances on Loose Women, 8 Out of 10 Cats, Big Brother's Bit on the Side, Celebrity Juice and I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! NOW!.

On 16 November 2014, she took part in the fourteenth series of I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! on ITV.[10] After a bumpy start in which she refused to parachute into the jungle along with her cast mates, she withdrew after spending 72 hours in the jungle, which led to widespread bad publicity and ridicule. This was allegedly due to health issues.[11]

On 5 January 2016, she entered the Celebrity Big Brother house to participate in the seventeenth series.[12] On 2 February 2016, she became the seventh housemate to be evicted, having received the fewest votes to be saved, spending a total of 29 days in the house. In 2017, she returned to Big Brother, as a special guest for a shopping task alongside fellow celebrity ex cast members Marnie Simpson and Nicola McLean.[13]

In 2016, Collins stood in for Natalie Anderson presenting a fashion segment on ITV's This Morning Summer.

In 2018, she appeared on Celebrity 100% Hotter and the fourth series of Celebs Go Dating. The same year, Collins also appeared in her own reality television show, Gemma Collins: Diva Espana. The one-off special aired on 29 August 2018.[14] Collins also took part in Celebrity MasterChef, and guest starred in a promotional advert for Netflix's Orange Is the New Black.[15]

In 2019, Collins took part in the eleventh series of Dancing on Ice, alongside professional partner Matt Evers.[16] Collins was eliminated in Week 6, after a skate-off against Ryan Sidebottom.[17]

In April 2019, Collins began filming for her own reality series, Diva Forever.[18] The series will document Collins "returning to Essex and Marbella" and "will also follow her adventures as she lives the high life in London and Los Angeles."[19]


In June 2013, Collins released her autobiography Basically: My Real Life as an Essex Girl, and it became a bestseller in its first week of release.[20] She has since released another book in 2018, titled The GC: How to Be a Diva, in which she provides advice and self help for women to gain confidence.[21]

Fashion designing[edit]

Collins opened up an eponymous boutique in Brentwood, Essex, and has since opened up a pop up shop in Marbella. Collins has also collaborated with fashion website on a collection of swimwear for plus-sized women in 2018.[22]


As herself
Year Title Notes
2011–present The Only Way Is Essex Series regular
2014 Splash! Participant
2014 I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! Contestant; withdrew
2016 Celebrity Big Brother Series 17
2016 In Therapy 1 episode
2017 Sugar Free Farm Participant
2017 Big Brother Guest housemate
2018 Celebs Go Dating Main cast
2018 Gemma Collins: Diva España Television special
2018 Celebrity MasterChef Contestant
2018 All Together Now, Celebrities Finalist
2019 Dancing on Ice Series 11
2019 Diva Forever Main cast

Guest appearances[edit]


  1. ^ "Gemma Collins biography". Archived from the original on 24 October 2013. Retrieved 25 October 2013.
  2. ^ "@missgemcollins - Love Harry birthday cake for breakfast he knows me well xxx". Twitter.
  3. ^ "Gemma Collins pictured at cosmetic surgery ahead of her 'new reality TV show'". Retrieved 29 April 2019.
  4. ^ Aitkenhead, Decca (8 September 2017). "Towie's Gemma Collins: 'I felt more beautiful before I went on TV. I get so much criticism now'". the Guardian. Retrieved 25 February 2019.
  5. ^, by; 13:04, 21 Jan 2019Updated13:29 (21 January 2019). "Gemma Collins bullied, beaten and robbed in school before developing diva ways". mirror. Retrieved 25 April 2019.
  6. ^ "Gemma Collins was bullied and beaten before she found fame". Retrieved 25 April 2019.
  7. ^ Knight, Kathryn (6 April 2018). "TOWIE cast's real jobs: What do the likes of Amber Turner, Pete Wicks and James Lock actually do for a living?". OK! Magazine. Retrieved 25 February 2019.
  8. ^ a b Meyler, Piers (6 January 2014). "TOWIE's Gemma Collins' top job tips for youngsters". Brentwood Gazette. Retrieved 8 January 2014.
  9. ^ Fletcher, Alex (12 April 2012). "'The Only Way Is Essex' axes Dino and Georgio, hires Gemma Collins mum". Digital Spy. Retrieved 15 March 2019.
  10. ^ "I'm a Celebrity lineup confirmed: Michael Buerk, Kendra, Craig Charles". Digital Spy.
  11. ^ "Gemma Collins leaves the I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! jungle". 19 November 2014. Retrieved 19 November 2014.
  12. ^ Welsh, Daniel (6 January 2016). "Biggest Reality TV Repeat Offenders, Including 'Celebrity Big Brother' Contestant Gemma Collins, Kerry Katona and Katie Hopkins (PICS)". The Huffington Post. AOL. Retrieved 8 January 2016.
  13. ^ Gibb, Jessica (14 June 2017). "First look at the Big Brother all-star contestants drafted in to liven-up show". mirror. Retrieved 7 November 2018.
  14. ^ "The lowdown on Gemma Collins' one off special Diva Espana..." The Sun. 29 August 2018. Retrieved 30 October 2018.
  15. ^ "Gemma Collins joins cast of Orange Is The New Black in Litchfield Prison". Metro. 18 July 2018. Retrieved 7 November 2018.
  16. ^ Harp, Justin (6 November 2018). "Dancing on Ice reveals Gemma Collins' professional partner". Retrieved 7 November 2018.
  17. ^ "It's Happened – Gemma Collins Has Left Dancing On Ice". HuffPost UK. 10 February 2019. Retrieved 17 April 2019.
  18. ^ "Gemma Collins to start filming reality show Diva Forever". Retrieved 17 April 2019.
  19. ^ "Gemma Collins to start filming reality show Diva Forever". 3 April 2019. Retrieved 17 April 2019.
  20. ^ "Gemma Collins autobiography 'Basically' is a bestseller!". 28 May 2013. Archived from the original on 29 October 2013. Retrieved 25 October 2013.
  21. ^ "A fun read? Towie's Gemma Collins discusses her new guide to being a diva". The Irish News. Retrieved 30 October 2018.
  22. ^ Bourne, Dianne (14 May 2018). "Gemma Collins channels Baywatch in new Boohoo swimwear range". men. Retrieved 20 February 2019.

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