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Despite having only joined The Only Way Is Essex in its second series, Gemma Collins has become one of the most notable people on the show, thanks to her fiery character which puts her at the center of the show’s biggest fights. The former used car saleswoman has further appeared in I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! (2014), Celebrity Big Brother (2016), and In Therapy (2016), among other shows. Read on to find out more about her achievements and her incredible weight loss journey.
Gemma Collins was born Gemma Clare Collins to Joan and Alan Collins on the 31st of January 1981 in Romford, London, England where she was raised. As a child, she attended Sylvia Young Theatre School, the same school which singer and the late Amy Winehouse attended.
After her graduating, Collins took a job as a used car saleswoman. She worked at her job for a while before she was able to catch her big break when Julie Childs, the mother of her schoolfriend Amy Childs, told the producers of The Only Way Is Essex (which her daughter was a part of), about Collins’ talent. The producer took Childs word and went ahead to film Collins and her friends at her home for two weeks, to see what her character was all about. After wrapping up the filming, Collins returned to her regular job, but after a week, her life turned around as she was hired to join the cast of The Only Way Is Essex.
The celebrity joined the show in its second series in 2011, and as things would pan out, her first scene was her selling a car. She went on to become one of the most entertaining characters on the show who was a known fiery and no-nonsense person. In the coming years, Collins began guest appearing on other shows like This Morning, I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! NOW!, Loose Women, 8 Out of 10 Cats, Big Brother’s Bit on the Side, and Celebrity Juice.
Gemma Collins’ Net Worth
Gemma Collins is said to have a net worth of £2.7 million. The reality television star has been able to make most of her money through her work in front of the camera, however, she has also enjoyed a considerable amount of success from her business endeavors among other things.
Collins owns a boutique called Gemma Collins Collections in Brentwood, Essex, where she sells kaftans and other clothing items for plus-sized women. The store is very successful in online sales, prompting her to open up a pop-up shop in Marbella as she is reportedly working towards opening a new store called Candy G.
In addition to her earnings from her clothing line, Collins also received an unspecified large sum of money from the sales of he autobiography, “Basically: My Real Life as an Essex Girl” (2013) which became a bestseller in its first week of release, and the novel “The GC: How to Be a Diva” (2018).
In February 2018, Gemma Collins revealed through pictures that she had undergone an incredible weight loss journey that saw her lose about a stone in less than four weeks. The reality television star revealed that she decided to lose weight because of the effects it might have on her being able to get pregnant.
She achieved the weight loss by mostly watching what she was eating, which largely included avoiding carbohydrates. She mentioned that most of her friends were not exactly happy with her because she skipped a lot of afternoon tea and meals but added that it was all for a better cause.
Gemma Collins has been involved in a number of high-profile relationships ever since she came onto the scene. However, her most notable relationship was with her current partner and co-star on The Only Way Is Essex, James Argent.
Argent, who attended Trinity Catholic High School in Woodford, broke onto the scene in 2002 after winning The Kenny Award at the Kenneth More Theatre in Ilford, east London. He did a lot of singing as well as acting afterward, but it was not until he joined the cast of The Only Way Is Essex in 2010 that he became a popular personality. He joined the show with his then-girlfriend Lydia Bright, who he had begun dating in 2007. Their relationship lasted until 2012 and Argent moved on to Collins.
In 2015, however, when Bright returned to the show, Argent and Collins broke up, giving room for him to rekindle his love with his ex-girlfriend. The rekindled relationship lasted for just one year and Argent again went back to Collins. The lovebirds have since that time been together and are reportedly co-owners of a house in Italy.
- Gemma Collins has a height of 5 feet 9 inches (175 cm) and weighs 110 kg (242.5 pounds).
- She has blue colored eyes with blonde colored hair.
- The Romford native has body measurements of 42-36-45 inches (107-91.5-115 cm).
- Gemma wears a dress size of 14 US (46 EU, 18 UK), bra size of 38D, and Shoe Size of 5 US (35.5 EU).