Collins in 2013
Gemma Clare Collins
31 January 1981
|Partner(s)||James Argent (2017–2019)|
Gemma Clare Collins (born 31 January 1981) is an English television personality and businesswoman. In 2011, she began appearing on the ITVBe reality series The Only Way Is Essex, and following further appearances on television, she became a contestant on the seventeenth series of Celebrity Big Brother and the eleventh series of Dancing on Ice. In August 2019, she began starring in her own reality series, Gemma Collins: Diva Forever.
Collins was born in Romford, London, and attended the Sylvia Young Theatre School. She also attended Frances Bardsley Academy. Before her career in television, she was a used car sales person.
The Only Way Is Essex
In 2011, Julie Childs, mother of Collins' friend 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. 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. Her mother Joan joined in the fifth series in April 2012.
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. 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.
On 5 January 2016, she entered the Celebrity Big Brother house to participate in the seventeenth series. 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. Later in 2016, Collins stood in for Natalie Anderson, presenting a fashion segment on ITV's This Morning Summer.
In October 2017, Collins presented the BBC Radio 1 Teen Award for Best TV Show to Love Island, and after announcing the winner, she fell through the opening in the stage. The clip later went viral on social media. In an interview with Irish News, Collins said "The seriousness of it is, it could have been really fatal".
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 España. The one-off special aired on 29 August 2018. Collins also took part in Celebrity MasterChef, and guest starred in a promotional advert for Netflix's Orange Is the New Black.
In 2019, Collins took part in the eleventh series of Dancing on Ice, alongside professional partner Matt Evers. Collins was the fifth celebrity to be eliminated in Week 6, after a skate-off against Ryan Sidebottom.
In April 2019, Collins began filming for her own reality series, Gemma Collins: Diva Forever. The series premiered on 7 August 2019 on ITVBe. The pilot episode premiered to a total of 673,038 viewers, and was the most watched series on ITVBe in that week.
In June 2013, Collins released her debut autobiography Basically: My Real Life as an Essex Girl, which became a bestseller in its first week of release. In 2018, she released her second book, titled The GC: How to Be a Diva, in which she provides advice and self help for women to gain confidence. In an interview on Loose Women, she admitted to using a ghostwriter.
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 Boohoo.com on a collection of swimwear for plus-sized women in 2018.
In September 2018, Collins recorded a cover of "Everybody's Free (To Feel Good)" as part of Strongbow's university-based reality series, ReFreshers Week presented by Strongbow. In November 2018, she was featured on Tallia Storm's song "It's the GC" recorded for the advert of Collins' BooHoo collection. The following month, she came third on the BBC Christmas celebrity special of the singing series All Together Now. In 2019, she began working with Naughty Boy, and signed a record deal with Universal Music. Collins is set to release a Christmas single titled "Come Home" in winter 2019.
|2011–present||The Only Way Is Essex||Series regular|
|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||All Together Now, Celebrities||Finalist|
|2019||Dancing on Ice||Contestant; series 11|
|2019||Gemma Collins: Diva Forever||Lead role|
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