JOEY Essex gained success across the nation on The Only Way Is Essex when he made his first appearance in 2011 and captured the nation’s heart as a lovable but dim-witted rogue.
Since then and has appeared on numerous other reality shows, including I’m A Celebrity… Get Me out of Here!, The Jump, Celebs Go Dating, Celebrity Juice and Five Star Hotel. And now he’s adding to the list with a stint in Celebrity MasterChef. Here’s the lowdown on him.
Reality star Joey Essex got his start on Towie in 2011[/caption]
Who is Joey Essex and where is he from?
Joey Essex (yes that is his real name!) was born on July 29, 1990, in London, England.
Sadly his mum, Tina, died by suicide when he was just ten years old.
At first, he and his older sister, Frankie, were told her death was an accident, but a couple of years later they learned the truth.
Joey, 27, first appeared on Towie as a supporting cast member in series two, alongside his cousin Chloe Sims.
He was promoted to the main cast in series three, with sis Frankie joining the supporting cast.
Launching his fragrances with sister Frankie in 2014[/caption]
What else is Joey Essex known for?
After stints on All Star Family Fortunes, The Big Quiz and Celebrity Juice, Joey competed in the first series of Splash! in 2013.
He was eliminated during the “splash-off” in the second heat, losing to telly presenter Charlotte Jackson.
Later that year he announced he quit Towie, and appeared on the 13th series of I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!
He was voted out of the jungle after 20 days, finishing fourth.
In 2014, he starred in a documentary called Educating Joey Essex, which was filmed in South Africa and narrated by Philip Schofield. Originally planned as a one-off, it was turned into a series.
He won the second series of Channel Four’s The Jump[/caption]
The following year, Joey won the second series of Channel Four’s The Jump.
In 2016 he appeared on E4 dating show Celebs Go Dating, and he returns for a second series this year.
On top of his telly career, the well-groomed star also has his own range of hair products, Joey Essex: D’Reem Hair, and two fragrances.
Joey appeared on The Crystal Maze reboot earlier this year and is also a panellist occasionally on Celebrity Juice.
Joey also starred in E4’s recent reality show Five Star Hotel with Spencer Matthews.
But now he’ll be adding to his long list of reality TV by trying to impress Gregg Wallace and John Torode in the kitchen in Celebrity MasterChef.
When does Celebrity MasterChef 2019 start?
Celebrity MasterChef officially kicked off on September 2, 2019 at 9pm on BBC One.
It’s been given a timeslot for 9pm on BBC One, with the 14th series consisting of 18 episodes in total.
And if you miss any of the episodes, you can always catch them again on BBC iPlayer.
The previous season was won by John Partridge, but who will be crowned the winner of this year’s run?
Joey had an on-off relationship with Towie co-star Sam Faeirs[/caption]
Who has Joey dated?
Joey got engaged to his Towie co-star Sam Faiers in 2013, but after a series of splits and reconciliations, the pair broke up for good in 2014.
During one of their breaks, Joey had a fling with current Towie star Amber Turner.
Joey grew close to Miss Universe Great Britain Amy Willerton during his time in the I’m A Celeb jungle in 2013, but he insisted the pair were just friends.
In 2016 Joey met Made in Chelsea star Stephanie Pratt while the pair were both participating in Celebs Go Dating.
Though it was against the show’s rules for celebs to date other celebs, they became a couple. However, they split up not long after the show finished filming.
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