Birth name Joey Don Essex

Birthday 29 July 1990

Star Sign

Southwark, London

Before finding fame on ITV’s award-winning reality show The Only Way Is Essex, Joey Essex was born to parents Tina and Donny.

He was raised in Chigwell, Essex along with his older sister Frankie.

Joey attended West Hatch High School, where he had to repeat a year due to his dyslexia.

He was just 10 years of age at the time of his mother’s death.

She took her own life after battling yeast infection candida, which can cause a range of disorders including depression and long-term pain.

Tina had left Joey’s family worried three days previously when she disappeared.

Joey first appeared in The Only Way Is Essex in the second series as a supporting cast member.

He joined in 2011 with his cousin Chloe Sims but was then promoted into the main cast in the following season.

Joey began dating fellow TOWIE star Sam Faiers but they later split. The couple reconciled in 2012 and became engaged in March 2013.

They parted ways again on-screen in June 2013 following several arguments, before giving their relationship another go in March 2014.

The pair ended their relationship for a third time in September 2014.

Joey Essex
has made regular appearances on game shows and chat shows, and competed in the first series of Splash! in January 2013. He was eliminated in the second heat against TV presenter Charlotte Jackson.

On 8 March 2013, he launched a hair products range Joey Essex: D’Reem Hair and he opened his shop Fusey in Brentwood, Essex two weeks later.

That November, it was announced that Joey had quit TOWIE and confirmed he was to appear in the thirteenth series of I’m A Celebrity!.

He lasted 20 days in the jungle, finishing 4th behind Emmerdale’s Lucy Pargeter, fashion designer David Emanuel and former Westlife singer Kian Egan.

During the show, Joey Essex grew close to Miss Universe Great Britain Amy Willerton. He denied rumours that the pair dated.

The reality star gained his own show Educating Joey Essex in March 2014.

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