Inside Georgia Toffolo’s rise to I’m A Celeb victory


On Sunday night, there was no denying that she was gobsmacked as she learned that after three weeks of toiling in the sweltering Australian jungle, the I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! crown for 2017 was hers.

And while  a visibly stunned Georgia Toffolo humbly proclaimed that she ‘didn’t think anyone would like [her]’ as she was named Queen of the Jungle, it appears that the 23-year-old star’s effortless popularity and high-achieving ways are nothing new.

Born in London and raised between the English capital and Devon – where the Made In Chelsea star attended the prestigious Torquay Girls’ Grammar School – Georgia was a sporting ace in her youth, scooping top prize at several tennis tournaments.

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Queen of the Jungle: Georgia Toffolo was crowned Queen of the Jungle during the live season finale of I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! on Sunday night

Queen of the Jungle: Georgia Toffolo was crowned Queen of the Jungle during the live season finale of I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! on Sunday night

Queen of the Jungle: Georgia Toffolo was crowned Queen of the Jungle during the live season finale of I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! on Sunday night

In recently unveiled pictures, the bubbly blonde – known affectionately as ‘Toff’ by loved ones and fans alike – displayed her sharp skills on the court in her hometown of Torquay, where she played tennis at the same club where Sue Barker started out.

Showing promise to make it to the big leagues, she began winning tournaments in her local town at the age of 11, taking out the under-12s Junior Club Championship at Torquay’s Belgrave Road tennis club.  

She went on to join the cast of Made in Chelsea in 2015 and her celebrity status has risen even further now that she is out of the jungle – with experts predicting that her earnings could hit the £5million as a string of lucrative TV offers flood in.

Competitive: As a young girl, Toff was a keen tennis player in her hometown of of Torquay, Devon, where she played tennis at the same club at which Sue Barker started out

Competitive: As a young girl, Toff was a keen tennis player in her hometown of of Torquay, Devon, where she played tennis at the same club at which Sue Barker started out

Competitive: As a young girl, Toff was a keen tennis player in her hometown of of Torquay, Devon, where she played tennis at the same club at which Sue Barker started out

Sporting superstar: The popular reality TV star has had a history of beating her competition as she was a promising tennis player while growing up (pictured age 15 in 2009)

Sporting superstar: The popular reality TV star has had a history of beating her competition as she was a promising tennis player while growing up (pictured age 15 in 2009)

Sporting superstar: The popular reality TV star has had a history of beating her competition as she was a promising tennis player while growing up (pictured age 15 in 2009)

Talented: The Made in Chelsea star, 23, had a keen sporting interest as a child (pictured at 15 years old), winning several tournaments

Talented: The Made in Chelsea star, 23, had a keen sporting interest as a child (pictured at 15 years old), winning several tournaments

Talented: The Made in Chelsea star, 23, had a keen sporting interest as a child (pictured at 15 years old), winning several tournaments

Georgia’s mother Nicola was on board to greet the star a day before she emerged the winner (Toff’s father, Gary Bennett, is based in Torquay), and as she fussed over the svelte beauty, telling her she ‘needs a burger’, fans were given a small insight into her home life.

Her closely guarded private life has also included a relationship with dashing student James Middleton, from whom she split shortly before signing up for I’m A Celeb.

Speaking to camp-mate Vanessa White during their stint in the jungle, she revealed of her New Year’s plans: ‘I was meant to be going to South Africa with my ex-boyfriend but we broke up… I wanted to use this time to get my confidence back up.

Promising: Showing promise to make it to the big leagues, she began winning tournaments in her local town at the age of 11 (pictured in 2006) 

Promising: Showing promise to make it to the big leagues, she began winning tournaments in her local town at the age of 11 (pictured in 2006) 

Promising: Showing promise to make it to the big leagues, she began winning tournaments in her local town at the age of 11 (pictured in 2006) 

Successful: Toff has gone from a promising sporting career (pictured aged 14)

Successful: Toff has gone from a promising sporting career (pictured aged 14)

Successful: She is now a celebrated reality star and I'm A Celebrity winner

Successful: She is now a celebrated reality star and I'm A Celebrity winner

Successful: Toff has gone from a promising sporting career (pictured left aged 14) to becoming a celebrated reality star and I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! winner

Sweet: Toff, who was born in London and raised in Devon, was a member of the under-12s Junior Club Championship at Torquay's Belgrave Road tennis club

Sweet: Toff, who was born in London and raised in Devon, was a member of the under-12s Junior Club Championship at Torquay's Belgrave Road tennis club

Sweet: Toff, who was born in London and raised in Devon, was a member of the under-12s Junior Club Championship at Torquay’s Belgrave Road tennis club

‘I thought I’m going to be away for so long no phone or anything and I want my confidence to come back I want to be exactly who I was before.’

Part of that defiant march to regaining her confidence was an appearance on the reality show Celebs Go Dating, where she was seen striking up an unlikely bond with Charlotte Dawson – and insisting that she only wanted to date men from Chelsea. 

She once conceded that her go-getter personality and popularity were likely barriers to romance thriving, saying: ‘I often wonder if my relationships don’t work out because I am the more alpha one and the focus is on me and men don’t like that.”

And while her attempt at finding love before reality TV cameras, disingenuous or otherwise, eventually proved fruitless (one potential suitor sneered that she was ‘too privileged’), her participation in the show only served to solidify her star status.

Away from her charmed life in the gilded enclave of SW3, Toff – who studied for an LLB law degree at Westminster University – also has a keen interest in politics.

In fact, friends of Tory-supporting Toff have even put her name forward to one day run the country, with her best pal and MIC co-star Emily Blackwell telling The Mirror: ‘I think she’d be quite good as Prime Minister. She could be the first person to leave the jungle and go on to be PM.’ 

The ex factor: While in the jungle, Georgia revealed that she is single, after parting ways with dashing student James Middleton (pictured in October 2016)

The ex factor: While in the jungle, Georgia revealed that she is single, after parting ways with dashing student James Middleton (pictured in October 2016)

The ex factor: While in the jungle, Georgia revealed that she is single, after parting ways with dashing student James Middleton (pictured in October 2016)

Lip service: The pair weren't shy about sharing their affection for one another on social media

Lip service: The pair weren't shy about sharing their affection for one another on social media

Lip service: The pair weren’t shy about sharing their affection for one another on social media

Alpha: Georgia has said that she believes her alpha personality has stunted her relationships

Alpha: Georgia has said that she believes her alpha personality has stunted her relationships

Alpha: Georgia has said that she believes her alpha personality has stunted her relationships

But with Georgia’s pedigree, education and interests, such a dream might not be so lofty – particularly for somebody whose working relationships appear to have attracted a growing pile of glowing reference letters. 

Having cut her teeth at a family-run solicitors in Devon, before going on to work at London’s Family Law In Partnership, Georgia has done two years of voluntary work and helped out at an old people’s home and charity shop. 

In January 2015, Toff – whose jungle friendship with Stanley Johnson blossomed before the nation’s eyes – made another step towards a life in Westminster when she was appointed head of events for a think tank called Parliament Street.

Showing that her articulate nature has also been put to good use, fans of Made In Chelsea watched as she started working at upmarket The Lady magazine, which happens to be Rachel Johnson, the well-heeled daughter of her jungle pal Stanley.

Firm fan favourite: Georgia quickly became a fan favourite after joining the cast of Made In Chelsea during the E4 show's seventh season

Firm fan favourite: Georgia quickly became a fan favourite after joining the cast of Made In Chelsea during the E4 show's seventh season

Firm fan favourite: Georgia quickly became a fan favourite after joining the cast of Made In Chelsea during the E4 show’s seventh season

Consistently popular: She was tipped as the favourite to win I'm a Celeb after just five days in the jungle, and remained the top choice throughout her successful stint

Consistently popular: She was tipped as the favourite to win I'm a Celeb after just five days in the jungle, and remained the top choice throughout her successful stint

Consistently popular: She was tipped as the favourite to win I’m a Celeb after just five days in the jungle, and remained the top choice throughout her successful stint

Terrifying! During her time on the show, she displayed her bravery as she took part in a number of terrifying Bushtucker Trials in a bid to win food for her camp-mates

Terrifying! During her time on the show, she displayed her bravery as she took part in a number of terrifying Bushtucker Trials in a bid to win food for her camp-mates

Terrifying! During her time on the show, she displayed her bravery as she took part in a number of terrifying Bushtucker Trials in a bid to win food for her camp-mates

Let's get physical: She also showed off her physical agility as she gamely took part in the tasks

Let's get physical: She also showed off her physical agility as she gamely took part in the tasks

Let’s get physical: She also showed off her physical agility as she gamely took part in the tasks

Georgia, who was thought to boast a personal wealth of around £800,000 before entering the jungle, has been dealt the coveted hand of beauty as well as her brains – which led to her recently collaborating with lingerie brand With Love Lilly.

Her work with the brand has seen her display the enviable results of her old sporting days in a series of scintillating snaps that she has shared with her 1.1million – and counting – devoted Instagram followers (262,000 fans read her musings on Twitter). 

However, throughout her breathless elevation to a position that shows the world as her proverbial oyster, Georgia appears to have had the time of her life as a reality star on Made In Chelsea, the E4 show she joined in its seventh season.

‘It’s like the perfect job,’ she told DevonLive. ‘Well, it’s not really a job, but just me hanging out with my friends and I really miss it when I’m not filming. The show is very true. What is shown on screen is actually what happens in our lives.’

Toff for PM! Her best pal and Made In Chelsea co-star Emily Blackwell (pictured in September) has stated that she believes the bubbly blonde would be 'quite good as Prime Minister'

Toff for PM! Her best pal and Made In Chelsea co-star Emily Blackwell (pictured in September) has stated that she believes the bubbly blonde would be 'quite good as Prime Minister'

Toff for PM! Her best pal and Made In Chelsea co-star Emily Blackwell (pictured in September) has stated that she believes the bubbly blonde would be ‘quite good as Prime Minister’

Humble: After scooping the top prize on Sunday night, the former Westminster University student humbly admitted that she 'didn't think anyone would like [her]'

Humble: After scooping the top prize on Sunday night, the former Westminster University student humbly admitted that she 'didn't think anyone would like [her]'

Humble: After scooping the top prize on Sunday night, the former Westminster University student humbly admitted that she ‘didn’t think anyone would like [her]’

Close bond: As she celebrated her win, Toff was reunited with Stanley Johnson, with whom she struck up a close bond during their time on the show

Close bond: As she celebrated her win, Toff was reunited with Stanley Johnson, with whom she struck up a close bond during their time on the show

Close bond: As she celebrated her win, Toff was reunited with Stanley Johnson, with whom she struck up a close bond during their time on the show

Pals: Other camp-mates were (L-R) Dennis Wise, Amir Khan, Jennie McAlpine, Iain Lee, Kezia Dugdale, Georgia Toffolo, Rebekah Vardy, Shappi Khorsandi, Jamie Lomas, Vanessa White

Pals: Other camp-mates were (L-R) Dennis Wise, Amir Khan, Jennie McAlpine, Iain Lee, Kezia Dugdale, Georgia Toffolo, Rebekah Vardy, Shappi Khorsandi, Jamie Lomas, Vanessa White

Pals: Other camp-mates were (L-R) Dennis Wise, Amir Khan, Jennie McAlpine, Iain Lee, Kezia Dugdale, Georgia Toffolo, Rebekah Vardy, Shappi Khorsandi, Jamie Lomas, Vanessa White





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