36 Facts About Jade Goody


Jade Cerisa Lorraine Goody was an English television personality.


Jade Goody came to public prominence in 2002 when she appeared on the third series of the Channel 4 reality show Big Brother.


Jade Goody went on to star in her own television programmes after her eviction from the show, which in turn led to her launching a variety of products under her own name.


Immediately criticised by the British press for her perceived lack of decorum and intelligence, Goody was dubbed by multiple outlets as "the most hated woman in Britain".


Public opinion of Jade Goody reached its most negative in January 2007, when she was involved in the Big Brother racism controversy while appearing as a housemate on Celebrity Big Brother 5.


Jade Goody married fellow Celebrity Big Brother contestant Jack Tweed on 22 February 2009 and died one month later, in the early hours of 22 March 2009, at age 27.


Public opinion of Jade Goody had softened by the time of her death.


The last episode of Big Brother on Channel 4 featured a 15-minute tribute to Jade Goody, praising her as the ultimate Big Brother contestant.


Jade Goody was one of several people to appear on the front cover of the final edition of News of the World on 10 July 2011.


Jade Cerisa Lorraine Goody was born in the Bermondsey district of London on 5 June 1981, the daughter of English mother Jackiey Budden was born on 1957 and and English-Jamaican father Andrew Goody.


Jade Goody's mother was a drug addict and her father was a pimp.


Jade Goody's father suffered from substance dependence and had a criminal history, including a four-year term for robbery.


At the age of five, Jade Goody made an uncredited appearance as a primary school student in the 1986 television film London's Burning, which later spawned the television series of the same name.


When Jade Goody appeared on Big Brother 3, she was ridiculed by the British tabloid press for her lack of general knowledge.


Jade Goody thought the English city of Cambridge was in London; when told that it was in East Anglia, she assumed East Anglia was outside Britain and referred to it as "East Angula".


Jade Goody was criticised by the tabloid press during her time in the Big Brother house for backstabbing and an evening when she cavorted drunk and naked.


Jade Goody participated in the 2006 London Marathon but did not finish, and recovered overnight at the Royal London Hospital.


On 16 February 2004, Jade Goody entered the Back to Reality house on Channel 5.


Jade Goody was evicted from the Big Brother house on 19 January 2007, receiving 82 per cent of the vote when she was up against Shetty.


Jade Goody's much-publicised return to the Big Brother house was called "a terrible decision" by publicist Max Clifford: "It looks like she has ruined a very lucrative career".


Jade Goody said in April 2008 that she planned to introduce her second fragrance line, Controversial.


Scenes of Jade Goody learning of her diagnosis were not broadcast in India.


Jade Goody had two sons during her 2002 to 2004 relationship with television presenter Jeff Brazier; Bobby, who was born in June 2003 and Freddy, who was born in September 2004.


Jade Goody served four months of an 18-month sentence before his release on 27 January 2009, with electronic monitoring and a curfew.


Jade Goody had a number of health scares during the 2000s.


Jade Goody was tested for iridocyclitis in 2004 and bowel cancer in 2006, with negative results for each.


Jade Goody had hospital tests in early August 2008, after her fourth cancer scare; she had collapsed four times.


On 1 September 2008, it was reported that Jade Goody's cancer was "advanced and life-threatening" and she would have surgery followed by chemotherapy.


Jade Goody died in her sleep at her home in Upshire, Essex in the early hours of 22 March 2009, at the age of 27.


Jade Goody's death was widely covered by the British media, and the BBC was criticised for its extensive coverage of her illness.


Jade Goody received tributes from many different areas of society.


From 2009 to 2012, Sky Living aired five tributes to Jade Goody, documenting her early life, fame, and final months.


That month Michael Parkinson wrote that Jade Goody had become media property "to be manipulated and exploited till the day she died", representing "all that is paltry and wretched about Britain".


On 29 December 2009 The Independent reported that, according to an online tribute site, Jade Goody was the most-mourned celebrity of 2009 and received over 600 tributes, which was more than Patrick Swayze, Farrah Fawcett and Michael Jackson who had all died that year too.


Jade Goody's story has raised awareness of cervical cancer which has led to hundreds of thousands of people contacting Cancer Research UK for information on the disease as the number of hits to our website, CancerHelp.


The challenge for public health doctors now is to ensure that this rise is sustained, so that Jade Goody has a long-lasting legacy.