Name Gemma Collins

Birthday 31 January 1981

Birthplace Romford, London

Gemma Collins was born to parents Joan and Alan Collins, who are both from Dagenham.

Before finding fame on the BAFTA award-winning The Only Way Is Essex, she studied at Raphael Independent School, where her future co-star Amy Childs was also educated.

Having attended the Sylvia Young Theatre School as a child, Gemma always had dreams of being a performer.

In 2011, TOWIE producers heard about Gemma through Amy Childs’ mum Julie.

After inviting the camera crew into her house and being filmed with her friends for two weeks, Gemma was hired. On 20 March 2011, she made her TV debut.

The reality star’s relationships have been main storylines in The Only Way Is Essex more than once.

In series five, Gemma started seeing co-star Charlie King. She then sparked up a romance with James ‘Arg’ Argent in June 2012 but the couple split that summer.

Gemma enjoyed an on/off relationship with Rami Hawash and he proposed on Christmas Day 2013. However, the couple called off their engagement the following month.

Gemma released her autobiography Basically: My Real Life As An Essex Girl in June 2013 and it became a bestseller in its first week of release.

In January 2016, Gemma entered the Celebrity Big Brother house and finished in seventh place.

Gemma continued to have a series of short flings with a number of men, but official coupled up with Arg on TOWIE in 2018. The coupling has been rocky and they’ve been on and off ever since.

In 2019 Gemma’s taken part in the eleventh season of dancing on ice and begun filming her own reality series Diva Forever.

From TOWIE to Dancing on Ice: Gemma Collins IS the queen of reality TV

As she’s tipped 
to appear on Celebrity X Factor, we take a look at all the shows that Gemma Collins has taken over… 2011 – TOWIE The 38-year-old first burst onto our screens as a bubbly car sales woman. She instantly became a hit on the show for her one-liners, including that time she told her current…