Jamie Laing is a British actor, entrepreneur, and a social media influencer. He came into prominence for his role in the award-winning television series ‘Made in Chelsea.’ Jamie is the legatee to the digestive biscuit empire ‘McVities.’ His great-grandfather was the founder of this one of its kind biscuit brand. No wonder Jamie has entrepreneurial skills in his genes. Jamie co-owns ‘Candy Kitten,’ a confectionary line. Unlike his family business, which is predominantly in the health food sector, Jamie’s company offers sweet candies! This actor cum entrepreneur has displayed his culinary skills on the reality show, ‘Great Celebrity Bake Off.’ However, his performance on the show was highly criticized. Jamie is one of the two presenters of the podcast, ‘Private Parts.’
Rise to Fame
Jamie ventured into the acting profession absolutely by chance. He wanted to be an entrepreneur, but somehow became an actor. Jamie began with a brief performance at a 'Ralph Lauren' show, where he just stood still, holding a goldfish bowl covered with a sushi platter.
Jamie’s breakthrough role came in after he joined the cast of the 'BAFTA' award-winning reality television series 'Made in Chelsea (MIC).' Aired on the UK’s channel ‘E4,’ Jamie joined the cast in the second season of the series. Jamie met the 'MIC' star, Caggie Dunlop, during his college days. By then the series has already earned an impressive viewership. Caggie forwarded Jamie’s name to the creators and he was soon on board. Jamie appeared as the best friend of the protagonist, played by Spencer Matthews. Jamie is the second actor from the cast to have appeared in most of the episodes. In 2017, he did a cameo role as a doctor in an episode of the soap opera ‘Hollyoaks.’
Jamie has also appeared in a few reality series such as 'Celebrity Hunted,' 'I’m a Celebrity: Extra Camp,’ and 'The Great British Bake Off.' Out of these, the last one was a debacle for Jamie. Being the heir to a biscuit business empire, Jamie was expected to show some fine baking skills. To everybody's surprise, Jamie was among the weakest contestants on the show. He was mocked for making the worst ever cake in the show’s history. In another episode, the judge of the reality show Paul Hollywood threw away the banana loaf made by the great-grandson of the ‘father’ of the digestive biscuit ‘McVities.’
Jamie entertains and makes people laugh through his podcast, ‘Private Parts.’ He runs the podcast along with his actor-comedian friend, Francis Boulle. The podcast hosts acts through which these two gentlemen share their private life’s details. Jamie also owns a 'YouTube' channel, ‘Jamie Laing’s Happy Hour,’ which hosts outlandish prank and challenge videos.
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The Business Venture
Jamie's huge fondness for candies led him to set-up a candy company. He felt that the market had very little variety to offer, and the quality of the candies was also not up to the mark.
He gave his business idea the final thought during his university days. He combined three of his loves- candies, fashion, and girls to create the sweet-treat company; 'Candy Kittens.' This confectionery line specializes in making gluten-free gummy sweets infused with unusual flavors. All their products are claimed to be made from real fruit juices. The company later launched a few exotic fruit and vegetable flavors. The factors that make this company unique are the use of natural ingredients, authentic flavors, and attractive packaging.
Jamie runs the business along with two of his friends namely Ed Williams and Warren Crane.
'Candy Kittens' also offers casual-wears, such as t-shirts and hoodies, designed exclusively by their in-house designers. The company trades online, and also has stores all over the United Kingdom.
A few years back, 'Candy Kittens' was sued by advertising regulator, 'Advertising Standards Authority (ASA)' for misleading the consumers. All the sweet treats sold by the company were 'Halal' certified. A report generated by 'ASA' revealed that some of their sweets contained an ingredient known as 'cochineal.' This ingredient is made from crushed insects, whose consumption is prohibited by the Islamic laws. 'ASA' passed an order to remove the 'Halal Certified' text from the wrappers of products.
Jamie has always made news for his relationships. He has dated a couple of his 'MIC' co-stars. Throughout his association with the series, Jamie had multiple affairs. During the filming of the season five, Jamie dated Phoebe Lettice, Tara Keeney, and later Lucy Watson. Moving on further, he had a few brief romantic encounters with Jess Woodley, Naz Gharai, and Frankie Gaff. His relation with Frankie too got over pretty soon.
Jamie is now dating a teen Italian- American billionaire financier Heloise Agostinelli.
Jamie Laing was born on November 3, 1988, in Oxford, England. Born to rich parents, Penny, and Nicholas, Jamie has two siblings and four step-siblings. His has a brother Alexander, while his sister Emily is an actress.
Jamie has graduated from the 'Radley College' in Oxfordshire. He holds a degree in 'Theatre and Performances' from the 'University of Leeds.'
Jamie has a tattoo of a black cartoon cat with the words ‘Candy Kittens’ inked on his hip bone.
Jamie is a big-time Justin Bieber fan. His all-time favorite movie is 'True Romance.' His craving for a comfort meal is served best by shepherd’s pie accompanied by a large scoop of coconut ice-cream.