Gogglebox stars’ real jobs revealed – from Ukip politician to Manchester United coach

GOGGLEBOX’S stars aren’t exactly showered with rewards for doing the show.

The Sun revealed they get £1,500 a month per family plus a free takeaway or two – so it’s no surprise that the couch potatoes also hold down full-time jobs.


Dad Tom Malone works as a lorry driver while mum Julie is a receptionist[/caption]

However, what the show’s biggest names do when they’re not being sarcastic about the week’s telly is rarely mentioned.

So here we run down the occupations of the true stars of Channel 4’s Friday night line-up.

From one who stood as a Ukip politician to another who coaches for Manchester United, this lot are just as switched on when they’re away from the box…

The Malones

Shaun, shown here with dad Tom, works as a coach at Manchester United

Tom Jr is a dance master and is dating choreographer Bryony Briscoe[/caption]

The Manchester-based Malones are a family of six – usually seen with at least one of their enormous, lumbering dogs.

The eldest two, Vanessa and Lee, don’t appear on the show but parents Tom, a lorry driver, and Julie, a receptionist, appear alongside Tom Junior and Shaun.

The younger Tom is a model, choreographer and lately Tik Tok star, who often ropes his dad into dances while Shaun coaches at Manchester United.

Giles and Mary

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Posh pair Giles is an artist while his wife Mary is a journalist[/caption]

Giles Wood and Mary Killen are famous for delivering hilarious – and occasionally Ofcom-complaint-provoking – views from their Wiltshire cottage.

However they are also well-known in their own fields – he is a writer and painter while she is a journalist and long-time contributor to the Spectator magazine.

Indeed, she has even written about her experience of doing the show, describing the fee they get for doing it as “tiny”.

Sophie and Pete

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Sophie is a window dresser while brother Pete works in insurance[/caption]


She got into Christmas as far back as October thanks to her job[/caption]

Brother and sister duo Sophie and Pete Sandiford are almost always seen sprawled out behind a giant mug of tea.

Both they both have important jobs away from the sofa, with Sophie a window dresser in shops while Pete works for an insurance company.

She got upset on the show on Friday because of the jobs crisis that a second lockdown could inflict.

The Michaels

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Gogglebox viewers are well used to seeing the Michaels family on screen[/caption]


However, they briefly disappeared when dad Andrew stood for Ukip[/caption]

The Michaels family have been with Gogglebox since the start – but had to decide between the show and their dad’s ambitions in 2015.

Andrew was axed from the hit after he ran to be an MP for Ukip in Hastings and Rye.

However, he failed to make it to Westminster and returned to the show with his family in its sixth series.


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