WHEN Gogglebox started in 2013, all the cast were just regular people with normal jobs like us.
And, although the Channel 4 show has made stars out of most of the cast, sitting on the sofa alone doesn’t pay the bills – even if they are all given £1,500 a month.
For this reason, many of them – even some of the most popular ones, like Ellie and Izzie Warner – still work.
We reveal what some of our favourite Gogglebox stars do as day jobs when they’re not sitting watching TV – and there are some very surprising careers within the cast.
Ellie and Izzi Warner
Ellie Warner’s job won’t come as a surprise to many, as she’s always sporting brightly coloured locks on the show.
The 31-year-old works as a hairdresser and is often seemingly experimenting on her own hair.
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Meanwhile, Ellie’s sister Izzi was a nail technician when she joined the show, but last year she qualified as a mortgage advisor.
The mum-of-two told fans: "I've only gone and done it! CEMAPS completed. Mortage advisor pending."
Pete and Sophie Sandiford
Sophie Sandiford sadly revealed she lost her job window dressing at Debenhams in December 2020 when the company went into administration.
But more recently she’s retrained as a florist and launched her own company called Petali Floristry.
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Taking to her Instagram Story, Sophie re-shared a post which announced when the business was opening its doors for the first time.
Meanwhile, her brother Pete – who became a dad last year – works in the insurance industry.
Dave and Shirley Griffiths
Dave and Shirley Griffiths joined the Gogglebox cast in 2015 – and film from their home in Wales.
They’ve been married for 40 years and have two children together.
In their day jobs, Dave is a cleaner in a factory, and Shirley works in retail.
She was recently seen in the shop window dressed as a bee for National Book Month.
Stephen Webb and Daniel Lustig
Stephen Webb is one of the only members of the Gogglebox cast to have appeared in every single series.
In 2019, after a fall-out with his original co-star, his husband Daniel Lustig joined him.
The pair both work as hairdressers, which is how they met.
And they often share videos from their Brighton salon.
Tremaine, Twaine and Tristan Plummer
Brothers Tremaine, Twaine and Tristan Plummer, from Bristol, joined Gogglebox back in 2016.
But off the show they have very glamorous lives.
Tremaine is a chef, but his two brothers are both footballers.
Twaine is a winger for Hereford FC and Tristan used to be a semi-professional footballer for Bristol FC but is now playing for Bradford Town.
Simon and Jane Minty
Brother and sister duo Simon and Jane Minty joined Gogglebox last year – and have quickly become fan favourites.
Simon works as a disability consultant, and is also a co-host for the BBC podcast Ouch!
Meanwhile, Jane works in a kitchen and is often sharing snaps of the food she makes.
She recently posted a picture of herself ready to whip up a “rainbow radish, fresh mint, red onion and feta cheese salad”.
Mica Ven and Marcus Luther
Mica Ven and Marcus Luther are arguably one of the best couples on Gogglebox, always laughing and joking together.
Off-screen, Marcus is head coach at boxing TM boxing gym in London where he trains upcoming fighters – including their own son.
Meanwhile, Mica is a hairstylist.
She regularly shows off her handiwork on her business Instagram account.
Giles Wood and Mary Killen
Married couple Giles Wood and Mary Killen met when they were both just 21 years old.
Giles was studying at Wimbledon Art School while Mary worked as a model.
Giles has kept on with his art, and is now an acclaimed artist, while his wife is a journalist and the Spectator's resident agony aunt.
She has even written her own etiquette book, How the Queen Can Make You Happy, which was published in 2012.
Umar, Baasit and their dad Sid Siddiqui – better known as the Siddiquis – have become Gogglebox legends since joining the show in the first series.
Patriarch Sid is a retired engineer, and also worked for the NHS for 37 years.
His son Umar also works for the NHS, having been a biomedical scientist in microbiology for for Royal Derby Hospital for 17 years.
Baasit, on the other hand, is an IT teacher in a secondary school.
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 a Tik Tok star, who often ropes his dad into dances.
Meanwhile, new father Shaun coaches at Manchester United, working in its Ability Counts disability football programme.
Sue and Steve
Married couple Sue and Steve first appeared on the show back in 2019.
They live together in south London.
While Sue is semi-retired, Steve is a taxi driver.
But that doesn’t stop them enjoying holidays to Dubai – by the looks of their Instagram.
Roisin and Joe
Glasgow couple Roisin and Joe are Gogglebox’s newest additions.
While it’s not known what Joe does, Roisin works as a social media producer.
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She also co-hosts her own podcast called Nags and Brags with a friend.
Their Instagram bio reads: “We talk all those annoying life nags and our guests brag about what they’re doing next.”
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