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Gemma Collins: Life and Career of the English Diva

Gemma Collins

Gemma Clare Collins  is a very famous British television personality and a successful businesswoman. In 2011, she began appearing on the ITVBe reality series the sole Way Is Essex, and following further appearances on television, she became a contestant on the seventeenth series of Celebrity Big Brother and soon after that, the eleventh series of Dancing on Ice. She launched her own reality TV show, Gemma Collins: Diva Forever in August 2019. 

Gemma Collins: All you need to know

When was Gemma Collins born?

Gemma Collins was born on January 31st 1981. She was born in Romford, London.  Her father’s name is Alan Collins and her mother’s name is Joan Collins.

Where did Gemma Collins study?

Gemma Collins is an alumnus of the Sylvia Young Theatre School. She also attended Frances Bardsley Academy. Before her career in television, she was a second hand car sales person.

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Gemma Collins: TV Career

The Only Way Is Essex

In 2011, Julie Childs, mother of Collins’ friend Amy, informed producers of the ITV2 reality series, The Sole Way Is Essex about Collins, who was a second hand car sales woman at the time. They visited Collins’ house and filmed her and her friends for 2 weeks. Gemma Collins went back to work as a car saleswoman for some more time before she was hired and joined the cast of The Sole Way Is Essex from its second series onwards in 2011. Co-incidentally, her first ever scene on the show featured her selling a car to Kirk Norcross, hearkening back to her days as a second hand car saleswoman. Her mother Joan joined Gemma Collins during the fifth series in April 2012.

Other television appearances

Gemma Collins occasionally presents competition segments on the ITV series, This Morning. She has also made appearances on Loose Women, 8 Out of 10 Cats, Big Brother’s Bit on the Side, Celebrity Juice and I Am a Star …Get Me Out of Here! NOW!.

On 16 November 2014, she participated in the fourteenth series of I’m a star …Get Me Out of Here! on ITV. Gemma Collins got out to a rough start on the show where she refused to parachute into the forest along with her other cast members. She withdrew from the show after spending just 72 hours in the forest. This decision led to widespread ridicule and negative publicity for Gemma Collins. However, Gemma Collins maintained that she had no choice but to withdraw from the show as she was suffering from health issues.

On 5 January 2016, she entered the Celebrity Big Brother house as a participant on 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. Gemma Collins made her return to Big Brother in the year 2017. She appeared as a special guest for a shopping task with fellow former Big Brother cast members Marnie Simpson and Nicola McClean. 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 an opening in the stage. The clip later went viral on social media. Gemma Collins spoke about the incident during an interview with the Irish News. Collins said: “The seriousness of it is , it could have really been 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 program , Gemma Collins: Diva España. The one-off special aired on 29 August 2018. Collins also took part in Celebrity MasterChef, and guest starred during a promotional advertisement for Netflix’s Orange is the New Black.

In 2019, Collins competed 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 2019, Gemma Collins very own reality TV series, Gemma Collins: Diva Forever was announced. Shooting for the show began in April 2019. 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.

Gemma Collins: Writing career

In June 2013, Gemma Collins released her debut autobiography Basically: My Real Life as An Essex Girl, which became a bestseller in its first week of release. Gemma Collins released her second book The GC: The Way to Be a Diva in 2018. In that book, she talked about self confidence and gave advice for women to avoid feeling insecurities on a daily basis. In an interview on Loose Women, she admitted to employing a ghostwriter for the job.

Gemma Collins: Business ventures

Gemma Collins opened an eponymous boutique in Brentwood, Essex, and has since opened a crop up shop in Marbella. Gemma Collins collaborated with fashion website boohoo.com in 2018 and launched a set of swimwear for plus sized women in 2018. 

Gemma Collins also launched her first ever signature perfume, the DIva Pink in September of 2019. The board meetings and brainstorming sessions behind the development of the perfume were chronicled in her reality show, Gemma Collins: Diva Forever. 

Gemma Collins: Music Career

In September 2018, Gemma 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”. the song was recorded for the advertisement of Gemma Collins’ BooHoo collection. The following month, she finished 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. Gemma Collins was scheduled to release a Christmas single titled “Come Home” in winter 2019. However, the release of the song was delayed and it hasn’t been released at the point of time this article was written.

What is the name of Gemma Collins’ podcast?

Gemma Collins has been a podcast on BBC Sounds since August 2019. The name of the podcast is The Gemma Collins Podcast. 

What does Gemma Collins do?

Gemma Collins is a famous television personality and businesswoman.

Who is Gemma Collins’ boyfriend?

Gemma Collins has been in an on and off relationship with James Argent since 2017. Gemma Collins recently sparked engagement rumours after fans spotted her in a wedding dress. However, the wedding rumours were dispelled by a source close to Gemma Collins. The source said: “Gemma isn’t engaged – she’s still with James but he hasn’t proposed. She was at the store with some of her team trying on dresses and having professional photographs taken. Naturally Gemma loved every moment and had such a fun time getting wedding ready. It’s thought that Gemma’s visit will feature on the second series of her reality show Diva Forever but she’s keen to keep details under wraps for now.”

Gemma Collins had spoken about her dream wedding during an interview sometime ago. She specified that in order to marry her, her man will need to woo her with a really big ring.

She said: “I’d like a big wedding. I want to get married at The Dorchester hotel in London, then fly to Sicily for the honeymoon – but he’s got to buy the big yellow rock first. Until I get a big £250k or half-a-million yellow diamond, I ain’t settling with anybody!”

What channel is Gemma Collins’ show on?

Gemma Collins’ reality show,, Gemma Collins: Diva Forever, is telecast on ITVBe.

How tall is Gemma Collins?

Gemma Collins is 175 centimetres or 5 feet 9 inches tall.

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