George Gilbey

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George Gilbey
Born
George James Gilbey

(1984-01-07)7 January 1984
Died27 March 2024(2024-03-27) (aged 40)
OccupationTelevision personality
Years active2013–2024
TelevisionGogglebox
Celebrity Big Brother
Children1

George James Gilbey (7 January 1984 – 27 March 2024) was an English television personality, best known for appearing as a cast member on the Channel 4 series Gogglebox. In 2014, he took part in the fourteenth series of Celebrity Big Brother where he reached the final and finished in fourth place.

Career[edit]

In September 2013, Gilbey made his first appearance in the Channel 4 reality series Gogglebox debuting in the second series along with his mother, Linda, and his stepfather, Pete McGarry.[1][2] The family were axed from the show in 2014 following Gilbey's decision to participate in the fourteenth series of Celebrity Big Brother,[3] where he entered on 18 August 2014 and reached the final on 12 September finishing fourth overall.[4][5]

In February 2016, Gilbey and his family returned to Gogglebox. In 2018, Gilbey left the show; Linda and Pete continued on the programme without him until 2020.[1] Pete McGarry died of bowel cancer, at the age of 71, on 28 June 2021.[6][7]

Personal life[edit]

George Gilbey dated Gemma Conway, with whom he had a daughter (born 2016).[8]

Gilbey was sentenced to community service for assault and criminal damage, against his girlfriend, in 2018.[9] He was sentenced to three months in prison for drunk driving in 2019.[10]

Death[edit]

On 27 March 2024, Essex Police responded to an incident "in which a man who was working at height had fallen and sustained an injury", at a warehouse in Shoeburyness where Gilbey was working as a self-employed electrician. An Air Ambulance was dispatched, but Gilbey died on scene at age 40. The incident was reported to the Health and Safety Executive.[11][12] The following day, a man was arrested on suspicion of gross negligence manslaughter in connection with his death.[13][14] He was released under investigation.[15]

Filmography[edit]

As himself
Year Title Role Ref.
2013–2014, 2016–2018 Gogglebox Cast member [16]
2014 Celebrity Big Brother Housemate; series 14 [17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Gilbey family return to Gogglebox and George is to be a dad". Newsbeat. BBC News. 2 September 2016.
  2. ^ "Channel 4 axe George Gilbey and family from 'Gogglebox'". Attitude. 23 August 2014. Archived from the original on 25 August 2014. Retrieved 3 April 2024.
  3. ^ "There's Some Bad News for 'CBB' Housemate George". huffingtonpost.co.uk. 23 August 2014. Retrieved 29 March 2024.
  4. ^ "'Gogglebox' Star For 'CBB'?". HuffPost. UK. 22 May 2014. Retrieved 29 March 2024.
  5. ^ Love, Ryan (20 August 2014). "Should Gogglebox's George be in the Celebrity Big Brother House?". Daily Telegraph.
  6. ^ "Gogglebox regular Pete McGarry dies at 71". BBC News. 28 June 2021. Retrieved 28 June 2021.
  7. ^ "Gogglebox star Pete McGarry died from cancer days after being told he had six months to live". The Independent. 30 June 2021. Retrieved 29 March 2024.
  8. ^ Rodger, James (28 March 2024). "Gogglebox's George Gilbey hit by family tragedy before tragic death aged 40". Birmingham Live. Retrieved 28 March 2024.
  9. ^ "Gogglebox's George Gilbey convicted of assaulting ex". Digital Spy. 8 June 2018. Retrieved 29 March 2024.
  10. ^ "Gogglebox Star George Gilbey Jailed For Drink-Driving". HuffPost. UK. 13 October 2019. Retrieved 29 March 2024.
  11. ^ Fullbrook, Danny; Parry, Louise (28 March 2024). "Tributes paid to Gogglebox star after fall death". bbc.com. Retrieved 28 March 2024.
  12. ^ PA Media (28 March 2024). "Gogglebox star George Gilbey dies at 40 in workplace accident". The Guardian. Retrieved 29 March 2024.
  13. ^ Walker, Peter (28 March 2024). "Man arrested after death of Gogglebox star". BBC News. Retrieved 29 March 2024.
  14. ^ "Man arrested over death of Gogglebox star George Gilbey". The Guardian. 28 March 2024. Retrieved 29 March 2024.
  15. ^ Pitcher, Greg (3 April 2024). "Investigation launched into Gogglebox star's death". Construction News. Retrieved 4 April 2024.
  16. ^ "George Gilbey, Essex star of Channel 4's Gogglebox and Celebrity Big Brother, dies aged 40". ITVX. 27 March 2024. Retrieved 27 March 2024.
  17. ^ "Celebrity Big Brother 2014 contestants: Meet George Gilbey". The Independent. 18 August 2014.

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