Joey Don Essex (born 29 July 1990) is an English television personality. He rose to fame in 2011 after appearing in the ITV2 television series The Only Way Is Essex with several of his family and friends. Essex and his sister Frankie left the show in 2013, although his cousin, Chloe Sims, remains on it.
Joey Essex interviewed by students of Ullswater Community College in 2017
Joey Don Essex
29 July 1990
In 2013, Essex took part in the first series of the celebrity diving show Splash! and the thirteenth series of I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!, where he finished in fourth place. In 2015, he won the Channel 4 reality series The Jump.
He attended West Hatch High School.
Essex left school in 2006 having received a U in Drama, a C in Art and a D in Wood Tech at GCSE. Ten years later, as part of a TV programme, he proudly added a D in GCSE General Studies, commenting that "I still don't really know what GCSE stands for."
Essex first appeared in The Only Way Is Essex as a supporting cast member in series 2 with his cousin, Chloe Sims, but was then promoted to main cast in series 3 where his sister, Frankie joined as supporting cast. His other cousin, Charlie Sims joined as supporting cast during the ninth series. In 2011, the TOWIE cast recorded and released a single entitled "Reem"; the song did not chart in the UK. He also featured in a song with the cast of TOWIE series 3, "Last Christmas", originally released by Wham! in 1984. The cover peaked at number 33 on the UK Singles Chart.
In December 2011, Essex appeared on a Christmas special of All Star Family Fortunes, with the TOWIE CAST, against the cast of Benidorm. He also featured on the Essex team against Benidorm in The Big Quiz in 2012. So far, he has made eight guest appearances on Celebrity Juice, twice in 2012 and six times in 2013, including regular appearances during the tenth series. He has also made guest appearances on Loose Women, 8 Out of 10 Cats, The Big Fat Quiz of the Year, Daybreak, The Xtra Factor, This Morning and Through the Keyhole.
On 13 November 2013, it was announced that Essex had quit The Only Way Is Essex. Essex also appeared in the thirteenth series of I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! He was voted out on 6 December 2013 after 20 days in the jungle, finishing fourth behind Emmerdale star Lucy Pargeter, fashion designer David Emanuel and former Westlife singer Kian Egan. During his time on the show, Essex was close to Miss Universe Great Britain, Amy Willerton. Essex denied the rumours of the pair dating and confirmed they were just friends although he has since claimed they have kissed and slept together.
In March 2014, Essex starred in a one-off documentary called Educating Joey Essex, taking place in South Africa, narrated by Phillip Schofield. ITV2 later ordered a full series that began in June 2014. In 2016 ITV announced that the series has been picked up for a seven part second series, the series aired in the summer of that year with the first episode titled "The Queen's 90th Birthday".
In 2016 Essex took part in the E4 reality dating show Celebs Go Dating. During his time on the show, Essex went on numbers of dates with noncelebrities, but halfway through the series Essex fell for another celeb taking part in the show Stephanie Pratt, which was against the show's rules; they carried on dating after the show had finished filming, but they broke up shortly after. It was later confirmed that Essex would return to the show for its second series, in 2017; this time it was stated in his contract that he could not go on any dates with any other celebrities during filming.
In 2017 he ranked no.4 in the Essex Power 100 list, being named the fourth most powerful person in Essex.
On 12 September 2013, Essex launched two fragrances, Fusey aftershave for men and My Girl perfume for women.
In May 2017, it was announced that Essex will be launching a clothing line titled DAFDEA.
Essex was engaged to fellow TOWIE star Sam Faiers, but later split up. They reconciled later in 2012. He then proposed to Sam again in March 2013 and she accepted. However, the couple split up again on-screen in June 2013 following several arguments between the pair. In March 2014, they gave their relationship another go, but in October 2014, they announced they had split up "for good".
Joey Essex, whose mother died when he was ten years old, has been an ambassador for Child Bereavement UK since 2014.
|Single||Year||Peak chart positions||Album|
(featuring cast of TOWIE series 3)
|2011–2013||The Only Way Is Essex||Himself||Main cast (Series 2–10)|
|2013||Splash!||Contestant, series 1|
|2013||I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!||Series 13, finished in fourth place|
|2014–2016||Educating Joey Essex||Presenter|
|2015||The Jump||Contestant, Series 2 (Winner)|
|2016–present||Celebs Go Dating||Participant (series 1 & series 2)|
Online Presenter (series 4–)
|2019||Can I Improve My Memory?||Television special|
- All Star Family Fortunes (25 December 2011) – Contestant (TOWIE vs Benidorm)
- The Xtra Factor (2011) – Guest
- 8 Out of 10 Cats (11 November 2011) – Panellist
- Daybreak (2011, 21 February 2013)
- Loose Women (2011) – Guest
- This Morning (17, 31 August, 15 December 2011, 30 November 2012, 21 February 15 July, 12 December 2013, 28 October 2014) – Guest
- The Million Pound Drop Live (2012) – Contestant, with Sam Faiers
- Celebrity Juice (29 March & 27 September 2012, 11 April 2013 and 22 October 2015) – Panellist
- The Big Quiz (15 April 2012) – Panellist
- All Star Mr & Mrs (22 May 2013) – Contestant, with Sam Faiers
- Through the Keyhole (28 September 2013) – Celebrity homeowner
- Through the Keyhole (4 October 2014) – Panellist
- The Cube: Celebrity Special (11 April 2014) – Contestant
- Viral Tap (27 April 2014) – Guest
- Utterly Outrageous Frock Ups (2014) – Guest
- 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown (12 September 2014) – Dictionary Corner
- Britain's Got More Talent (29 May 2015) – Panellist
- Celebrity Benchmark (26 September 2015) – Benchmarker
- Release the Hounds (31 October 2015) – Halloween Special
- The Crystal Maze (30 June 2017)
- CelebAbility (13 July 2017) – Contestant
- The Chase (11 November 2017) – Celebrity special
- Through the Keyhole (16 February 2019) – Celebrity homeowner
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- "Joey Essex receives GCSE General Studies result live on TV". The Independent. 26 August 2016. Retrieved 28 October 2018.
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- "Twitter / neonmanagement: JOEY ESSEX D'REEM HAIR". Twitter.com. Retrieved 8 July 2013.
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- "Joeys new clothing line DAFDEA". Mail Online. Retrieved 17 June 2017.
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- Martin, Laura (3 January 2014). "Joey Essex and Amy Willerton should have been together forever". Daily Mirror. London. Retrieved 7 January 2014.
- Manning, Jenny (1 May 2012). "It's official – TOWIE'S Sam and Joey are back on". The Sun. London. Retrieved 8 July 2013. (subscription required)
- Greenwood, Carl (9 March 2014). "Joey Essex and Sam Faiers are back together the former TOWIE star says". Daily Mirror. London. Retrieved 29 July 2014.
- Ambassadors and Advisors, Child Bereavement UK.
- "'The Only Way Is Essex's Joey Essex, Sam Faiers for 'Million Pound Drop'". Digital Spy. 4 July 2012. Retrieved 29 July 2014.
- "Joey Essex, Kym Marsh to face The Cube next month – TV News". Digital Spy. 26 March 2014. Retrieved 29 July 2014.
- "The Cube Episode 1 | presscentre". itv.com. 11 April 2014. Retrieved 29 July 2014.