She mingles with the well-heeled Made In Chelsea set, has a reported personal fortune of £800,000 and once claimed she had never heard of Gregg’s.

But it has emerged that Georgia Toffolo hails from humble beginnings, as her father Gary Bennett, 52, is a modest rag and bone man from Torquay, Devon.

The 23-year-old I’m A Celebrity star’s dad collects scrap metal in his white van and sells it on for cash in between repainting his £200,000 flat.

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Who knew? It has emerged that Georgia Toffolo hails from humble beginnings, as her father Gary Bennett, 52, is a modest rag and bone man from Torquay, Devon

Who knew? It has emerged that Georgia Toffolo hails from humble beginnings, as her father Gary Bennett, 52, is a modest rag and bone man from Torquay, Devon

Gary defended his hard-grafting job, saying he is ‘proud’ that he is not a ‘toff’.

‘I am what I am. I’m not a toff but so what? I’m proud of that. I’ve had the big house and the big business and this is my world at the moment,’ he told The Sun.

Bennett, who is also a commercial property landlord, claimed the Toffolo wealth lies in the ‘other side’ of Georgia’s family.  

‘Georgia’s gone a different way. The other side of the family yes, there is money, there’s still money there. My side of the family there isn’t,’ he revealed. 

MailOnline has contacted reps for Georgia for comment. 

Modest guy: The 23-year-old I'm A Celebrity star's dad collects scrap metal in his white van and sells it on for cash in between repainting his £200,000 flat

Modest guy: The 23-year-old I’m A Celebrity star’s dad collects scrap metal in his white van and sells it on for cash in between repainting his £200,000 flat

Humble guy: Gary defended his hard-grafting job, saying he is 'proud' that he is not a 'toff'

Humble guy: Gary defended his hard-grafting job, saying he is ‘proud’ that he is not a ‘toff’

Gary used to run a one-man car repair business that has since folded, according to the publication. 

He is now working as a commercial property landlord as well as being a rag and bone man.  

Gary had to work relentless to pay for Georgia’s private education at Maynard girls’ school in Exeter and Blundell’s boarding school in Tiverton, Devon, insiders told the Sun.

Georgia also attended Torquay Girls’ Grammar School, which costs £4,333 per term, and studied politics at Westminster University, where she fell in with the Made in Chelsea set.

Proud: 'I am what I am. I’m not a toff but so what? I’m proud of that. I’ve had the big house and the big business and this is my world at the moment,' he told The Sun

Proud: ‘I am what I am. I’m not a toff but so what? I’m proud of that. I’ve had the big house and the big business and this is my world at the moment,’ he told The Sun

Eye-opening Gary used to run a one-man car repair business that has since reportedly folded and is now working as a commercial property landlord as well as being a rag and bone man

Eye-opening Gary used to run a one-man car repair business that has since reportedly folded and is now working as a commercial property landlord as well as being a rag and bone man

Eye-opening Gary used to run a one-man car repair business that has since reportedly folded and is now working as a commercial property landlord as well as being a rag and bone man

Speaking about her rise in the reality TV world, Gary gushed that he was ‘extremely proud’ of her career path.

‘I’ve been proud of her all the way. I’m just a standard guy, a normal Devon guy who works for himself,’ he told The Mirror.

‘I’m extremely proud of what she’s doing and where she is at the moment.’ 

Gary split from Georgia’s ‘socially ambitious’ mother Nicola, who married company boss Jeffrey Hewett, 56, in 1999 when Georgia was five. 

Rumour has it: Gary had to work relentless to pay for Georgia's private education at Maynard girls' school in Exeter and Blundell's boarding school in Tiverton, Devon, insiders told the Sun

Rumour has it: Gary had to work relentless to pay for Georgia’s private education at Maynard girls’ school in Exeter and Blundell’s boarding school in Tiverton, Devon, insiders told the Sun

High flyer: Georgia also attended Torquay Girls' Grammar School, which costs £4,333 per term, and studied politics at Westminster University, where she fell in with the Made in Chelsea set

High flyer: Georgia also attended Torquay Girls’ Grammar School, which costs £4,333 per term, and studied politics at Westminster University, where she fell in with the Made in Chelsea set

They separated four years ago and Nicola, 52, who runs a property management business s now thought to be dating amusement arcade owner Bernard Jones, 60. 

Georgia, who often shares snaps of Nicola on her Instagram, keeps her dad out of the spotlight on social media.

But the former motor industry worker still gets a taste for the high life thanks to his daughter and holidayed in Ibiza with Georgia this summer while she was filming the Made In Chelsea special. 

Complicated family life: Gary split from Georgia's 'socially ambitious' mother Nicola (pictured), who married company boss Jeffrey Hewett, 56, in 1999 when Georgia was five

Complicated family life: Gary split from Georgia’s ‘socially ambitious’ mother Nicola (pictured), who married company boss Jeffrey Hewett, 56, in 1999 when Georgia was five

Snap-happy: Georgia, who often shares snaps of Nicola on her Instagram, keeps her dad out of the spotlight on social media

Snap-happy: Georgia, who often shares snaps of Nicola on her Instagram, keeps her dad out of the spotlight on social media

Discussing how she became a star on the reality show, Georgia admitted she ‘fell into it’ when she got to know some of the cast through the party scene.

‘I just used to go up to London a lot and hang around SW3,’ she admitted to Devon Live.

‘I just feel so lucky to be part of the cast. I am now used to the filming and being a part of the show and how everything is set up.

‘Everyone has been so accommodating and I am now so close to everyone.’

Living it up: But the former motor industry worker still gets a taste for the high life thanks to his daughter and holidayed in Ibiza with Georgia this summer while she was filming the Made In Chelsea special (pictured, the cast with Georgia in the centre)

Living it up: But the former motor industry worker still gets a taste for the high life thanks to his daughter and holidayed in Ibiza with Georgia this summer while she was filming the Made In Chelsea special (pictured, the cast with Georgia in the centre)

 







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