George Gilbey

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George Gilbey
George James Gilbey

(1984-01-07)7 January 1984
Died27 March 2024(2024-03-27) (aged 40)
OccupationTelevision personality
Years active2013–2024
Celebrity Big Brother

George James Gilbey (7 January 1984 – 27 March 2024) was an English television personality, best known for appearing as a cast member on the Channel 4 series Gogglebox. In 2014, he took part in the fourteenth series of Celebrity Big Brother where he reached the final and finished in fourth place.


In September 2013, Gilbey made his first appearance in the Channel 4 reality series Gogglebox debuting in the second series along with his mother, Linda, and his stepfather, Pete McGarry.[1][2] The family were axed from the show in 2014 following Gilbey's decision to participate in the fourteenth series of Celebrity Big Brother,[3] where he entered on 18 August 2014 and reached the final on 12 September finishing fourth overall.[4][5]

In February 2016, Gilbey and his family returned to Gogglebox. In 2018, Gilbey left the show; Linda and Pete continued on the programme without him until 2020.[1] Pete McGarry died of bowel cancer, at the age of 71, on 28 June 2021.[6][7]

Personal life[edit]

George Gilbey dated Gemma Conway, with whom he had a daughter (born 2016).[8]

Gilbey was sentenced to community service for assault and criminal damage, against his girlfriend, in 2018.[9] He was sentenced to three months in prison for drunk driving in 2019.[10]


On 27 March 2024, Essex Police responded to an incident "in which a man who was working at height had fallen and sustained an injury", at a warehouse in Shoeburyness where Gilbey was working as a self-employed electrician. An Air Ambulance was dispatched, but Gilbey died on scene at age 40. The incident was reported to the Health and Safety Executive.[11][12] The following day, a man was arrested on suspicion of gross negligence manslaughter in connection with his death.[13][14] He was released under investigation.[15] On 22 April, an inquest at Chelmsford revealed that Gilbey suffered traumatic injuries after falling through a skylight while working on a roof.[16]


As himself
Year Title Role Ref.
2013–2014, 2016–2018 Gogglebox Cast member [17]
2014 Celebrity Big Brother Housemate; series 14 [18]


  1. ^ a b "Gilbey family return to Gogglebox and George is to be a dad". Newsbeat. BBC News. 2 September 2016.
  2. ^ "Channel 4 axe George Gilbey and family from 'Gogglebox'". Attitude. 23 August 2014. Archived from the original on 25 August 2014. Retrieved 3 April 2024.
  3. ^ "There's Some Bad News for 'CBB' Housemate George". 23 August 2014. Retrieved 29 March 2024.
  4. ^ "'Gogglebox' Star For 'CBB'?". HuffPost. UK. 22 May 2014. Retrieved 29 March 2024.
  5. ^ Love, Ryan (20 August 2014). "Should Gogglebox's George be in the Celebrity Big Brother House?". Daily Telegraph.
  6. ^ "Gogglebox regular Pete McGarry dies at 71". BBC News. 28 June 2021. Retrieved 28 June 2021.
  7. ^ "Gogglebox star Pete McGarry died from cancer days after being told he had six months to live". The Independent. 30 June 2021. Retrieved 29 March 2024.
  8. ^ Rodger, James (28 March 2024). "Gogglebox's George Gilbey hit by family tragedy before tragic death aged 40". Birmingham Live. Retrieved 28 March 2024.
  9. ^ "Gogglebox's George Gilbey convicted of assaulting ex". Digital Spy. 8 June 2018. Retrieved 29 March 2024.
  10. ^ "Gogglebox Star George Gilbey Jailed For Drink-Driving". HuffPost. UK. 13 October 2019. Retrieved 29 March 2024.
  11. ^ Fullbrook, Danny; Parry, Louise (28 March 2024). "Tributes paid to Gogglebox star after fall death". Retrieved 28 March 2024.
  12. ^ PA Media (28 March 2024). "Gogglebox star George Gilbey dies at 40 in workplace accident". The Guardian. Retrieved 29 March 2024.
  13. ^ Walker, Peter (28 March 2024). "Man arrested after death of Gogglebox star". BBC News. Retrieved 29 March 2024.
  14. ^ "Man arrested over death of Gogglebox star George Gilbey". The Guardian. 28 March 2024. Retrieved 29 March 2024.
  15. ^ Pitcher, Greg (3 April 2024). "Investigation launched into Gogglebox star's death". Construction News. Retrieved 4 April 2024.
  16. ^ "Gogglebox's George Gilbey died from traumatic injuries, inquest told". BBC News. 22 April 2024. Retrieved 22 April 2024.
  17. ^ "George Gilbey, Essex star of Channel 4's Gogglebox and Celebrity Big Brother, dies aged 40". ITVX. 27 March 2024. Retrieved 27 March 2024.
  18. ^ "Celebrity Big Brother 2014 contestants: Meet George Gilbey". The Independent. 18 August 2014.

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