Glenda Gilson

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Glenda Gilson
Born March 12 1981
Clondalkin, Dublin, Ireland
Modelling information
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Hair colour Brown
Eye colour Green

Glenda Gilson (born March 12 1981) is an Irish model and television presenter.



Gilson represented Ireland in the Miss Hawaiian Tropic in 2002 in Oahu and went on to win the title for Europe.[1][not in citation given] Her success secured widespread international exposure, as she appeared in the pages of Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire and Company and Ireland's own VIP . Gilson made two guest appearances in Katherine Lynch's Wonderwomen.


In August 2006, Gilson embarked on a presenting career, appearing as the face of Irish music channel Bubble Hits hosting the news and entertainment show Glenda's Showbiz Gossip. In 2008, she soon found a new home for her celebrity gossip insight and fashion knowledge by joining TV3's Xposé team on a part-time basis before becoming a permanent fixture as of 2009. She appeared as a contestant on the RTÉ reality show, Celebrity Bainisteoir.

Amongst some of the celebrities she has interviewed are Michael Douglas, Cameron Diaz, Owen Wilson, Justin Timberlake, Lily Allen, Tony Bennett, Jodie Foster, Matthew McConaughey, Hilary Duff, Zac Efron, Michael Bublé and Breffney Morgan. She counts Linda Martin and Twink as close "gal pals".

Legal difficulties[edit]

Gilson and her brother Damien could face jail after consistently refusing to comply with court orders in relation to the liquidation of their car company. Justice Mary Finlay Geoghegan said in May 2011 that Ms Gilson and her brother are “not compliant” with the rules and described the situation as “extremely serious” and “the motion for attachment and committal still stands.”[2] In 2012 Gilson was revealed to be a tax defaulter.[3][4] On 14 September 2012 she was named on the Revenue list of tax defaulters as having been required to pay €73,000 including interest and penalties.[5] In April 2015 she was in the Irish High Court to block attempts, by the liquidator of a company where she was a non-executive director, to impose certain restriction on her from acting as a company director for a period of five years.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Gilson is a niece of former Fianna Fáil politician Liam Lawlor, who died in a car accident in Russia in October 2005.[7] She was at one stage involved in a high-profile relationship with Irish rugby captain Brian O'Driscoll.[8][9] In the Brian O'Driscoll new book “The Test: My Autobiography “ he reveals that he received some playful teasing over the relationship from his teammates.[10] In August 2014, Gilson married Dublin businessman Rob MacNaughton at St Senan’s Church in Kilrush Co. Clare.[11] Gilson and her new husband honeymooned in the USA and Mexico.[12] She later revealed that Irish actor Liam Cunningham ate some of her wedding decorations [13] In February 2015 She revealed in an interview with the RTÉ Guide that she is now ready to start a family.[14]


  1. ^ TV3
  2. ^ O'Hora, Ailish (30 May 2011). "EXCLUSIVE: Model Glenda Gilson could face jail". Irish Independent. 
  3. ^ Lynch, Suzanne (14 September 2012). "Glenda Gilson makes tax settlement with Revenue". The Irish Times. Irish Times Trust. Retrieved 14 September 2012. 
  4. ^ Cunningham, Grainne (14 September 2012). "Model Glenda Gilson makes €73,000 tax settlement". Irish Independent. Independent News & Media. Retrieved 14 September 2012. 
  5. ^ Archived from the original on September 16, 2012.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  6. ^ "I only did it because of love for my brother' Glenda Gilson pleads in court". 29 April 2015. 
  7. ^ Barry Egan (20 August 2006). "'It's still weird to think that Liam is gone'". Irish Independent. Retrieved 27 May 2009. 
  8. ^ "Gilson talks about O'Driscoll break-up". RTÉ. 4 March 2008. Retrieved 4 March 2008. 
  9. ^ "Brian O'Driscoll's model ex facing jail over liquidation of luxury car sales company". Daily Mail. London. 28 June 2011. Retrieved 28 June 2011. 
  10. ^ "The strife of Brian: I was mocked for dating Glenda Gilson, says BOD". 25 October 2014. 
  11. ^ "Stylish Glenda keeps her man waiting". Irish Examiner. 1 September 2014. Retrieved 2 September 2014. 
  12. ^ "Wedded BLISS! Glenda Gilson shares honeymoon pictures of her exotic honeymoon with new hubby Rob". 9 September 2014. 
  13. ^ "TV3's Glenda Gilson reveals one guest actually ate some of her wedding decorations!". 4 January 2015. 
  14. ^ "After THAT wedding last year Glenda reveals she is finally ready to start a family". 10 February 2015.