If you’re like us, you’ll look forward to receiving your weekly Gogglebox patch this Friday.
So, for now, we’re just going to be content to find out absolutely everything we can about our favorite viewers.
Giles and Mary are certainly two of our star Goggleboxers, and never fail to make us laugh with their often unexpected and always dry comments.
Offscreen, they share a house in rural Wiltshire and both work in the creative industries.
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Giles works as an artist, and it was painting that led him to Mary when he was studying at Wimbledon Art College when she posed for him as a model.
He specializes in oil paintings of rural landscapes and interiors of detached houses – being commissioned by individual clients. On his website, he explains how he can spend days in the houses on each painting.
“I like the contemplative aspect – sitting in a room for several days watching the light change. There are as many changes as with a landscape. I always work with the oils because they give more depth. The finished painting should offer a glimpse of the painter as well as the subject, ”explains Giles, whose exact age remains unknown.
Signed and framed prints of his works cost £ 250 each – with Giles doing the painting while his wife Mary processes requests sent through his website. The original works of art sell for hundreds more, with those pictured on her website including self-portraits, images of Mary being a ‘lady with sack’ and even a map of the couple’s cottage, featuring the famous Mary’s chair clearly marked.
The couple have spoken about their children in interviews and are believed to be the parents of two adult daughters who have left home.
Meanwhile, Mary, 68, works as a writer and author, and has a long column of a dying satirical aunt in The Spectator, answering questions such as, “Should I get my postman a Christmas present?” ? ”
Other recent issues she’s resolved include, “How do I end a Zoom call with a chatty friend?” And “How can I hide my weight gain from containment?”. She also writes articles and records podcasts for the weekly magazine.
Fortunately, being a Gogglebox favorite has so far been a positive experience: “The reaction from the audience is quite benign. People come up to me with smiles on their faces. ‘You are Mary from Gogglebox, n ‘is not it? I just want to say – your husband makes us laugh. “
Mary has also written five books, including How the Queen Can Make You Happy and How to Live With Your Husband.