Jodie Louisa Marsh (born 23 December
1978) is an English model and former media personality. She has appeared
topless in many tabloid newspapers and has appeared on her own reality
show, Totally Jodie Marsh.
In addition to glamour modeling, Marsh has also taken part in many reality
television shows, including Trust Me - I'm A Holiday Rep, Channel 4's The
Games, E4's Fool around...with Jodie Marsh on two occasions, as a house
guest in the short lived Five series Back to Reality.
Marsh began presenting her own television series, Get A Life for Living TV
which commenced 1 March 2007. It was cancelled after two episodes, due to
poor viewing figures.
In January 2006, she appeared on Celebrity Big Brother in the UK. She
clashed with a number of housemates, most notably Pete Burns, Michael
Barrymore and George Galloway who grew tired of her describing her sexual
experiences, and alleged victim mentality. She appeared, however, to
establish a friendship with fellow housemate Chantelle Houghton. This
friendship ended when the show finished. On Friday 13 January, Marsh was
first to be voted out of the Big Brother house ó with 8 out of 10 possible
nominations (the highest ever margin) from her fellow housemates, but only
42% of the public vote. She cried during her post-eviction interview with
Davina McCall describing the experience as "horrific" and her housemates
as "vile jealous bullies".
In May 2007, the website Marry Me Jodie Marsh was launched with the teaser
"I'm getting married this September... Only problem is that I don't have a
man!". Men were invited to submit an application for a series of open
auditions for the chance to marry Marsh that September. MTV filmed the
search and subsequent wedding.
The reality series featuring Marsh entitled Totally Jodie Marsh: Who'll
Take Her Up the Aisle?, premiered in July 2007 documenting Marsh's search
to find a husband. Marsh eventually chose Matt Peacock, an ex-boyfriend of
fellow glamour model Jordan aka Katie Price.
In the final episode of the show, MTV executives confronted Marsh and Matt
Peacock with taped footage of Peacock's audition claiming he and Marsh had
been dating for months and living together for three months, contrary to
the show's claims. After the MTV executives left the room, Peacock accused
Marsh of lying to MTV.
The couple married on 1 September 2007 at Sugar Hut, an Essex nightclub. A
second ceremony in her motherís back garden was shown on MTV on 2
September 2007. It was later revealed that Marsh had the wedding paid for
by sponsors who believed that the wedding was genuine.
The couple split up in December 2007. Marsh later admitted to Love It
magazine in their 8 January 2008 issue that ".. the marriage was for TV.
It was never for real." and "I'm not hiding the fact I did the TV show for
money. Of course I did".
Marsh wrote a weekly column for celebrity gossip magazine Sneak until its
closure in August 2006 and was previously Zoo Weekly magazine's "sexpert",
advising men on sex-related issues. Her choice as an agony aunt angered
some established professionals.
In 2005, Marsh published her autobiography Keeping It Real.
Marsh is well known for her heated feuds with other celebrities, including
a feud with fellow glamour-model Jordan.
During her stint on Celebrity Big Brother, Marsh was on friendly terms
with fellow contestant and Essex girl Chantelle Houghton, but this did not
continue after the series. After Houghton won the competition and married
Samuel Preston, Marsh took an opportunity to draw criticism about their
marriage calling it "a publicity stunt". She went on to call Houghton "a
waste of space", and "talentless".
It has been widely reported in British tabloids that Marsh has had a
string of relationships with other celebrities including Fran Cosgrave,
Calum Best, Niall Mckenna, Conor O'Sullivan, ex-Blazin' Squad singer and
Celebrity Big Brother 2005 runner-up Kenzie.
In December 2006, Marsh announced her engagement to Brentwood DJ David
Doyle, after dating for eleven days. Eschewing the traditional engagement
ring, Marsh instead tattooed Doyle's full name on her hand and the couple
appeared together in OK! magazine announcing their plan to marry in a
fetish ceremony in a dungeon. The relationship ended between late December
and mid-January 2007 with Doyle blaming Marsh's constant drinking and poor
Since October 2008 Marsh has been dating a woman, known as Nina, a
hairdresser. In the November issue of the UK edition of Star magazine,
Marsh gave a full interview about their relationship and recreated the
iconic Vanity Fair front cover depicting Cindy Crawford shaving K.D. Lang.
When asked how she would label her sexuality, Marsh replied if she had to
choose 'I would be bi'.
She is a vegetarian and she participated at the Peta's campaign "All
Animals have the same parts".