The original Gogglebox cast now from tragic deaths and homeless fears to TV fame

The original Gogglebox cast now from tragic deaths and homeless fears to TV fame

10/25/2021

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Gogglebox has been responsible for launching many of its stars to TV fame over the years.

The Channel 4 show sees millions tune in to watch a bundle of normal families watch the television while providing their own overview on current affairs.

The BAFTA award-winning programme will often capture moments of raw emotion, laughter and punchy one liners, leaving its audience captivated.

It all began in 2013, but over the years there have been a lot of families who have been part of the show but have bowed out.

While some of the original cast members do still have a slot on the primetime TV show, others have gone onto flourish, face heartache or even given up on fame altogether.

Daily Star has explored where the original cast members are now.

The Moffatts

Scarlett Moffatt is probably the biggest name to come out of Gogglebox.

At the time of finding fame, she certainly rolled the dice when it came to taking a punt at something new.

After starring on the hit programme for two years, the County Durham star was targeted by I'm A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! producers to take part in the programme.

The tempting offer on the table seemed too good to pass up and Scarlett headed down under to take part in the jungle series.

She was such a hit with ITV fans that she was even crown Queen of the jungle in 2016 – beating comedian Joel Dommett to the top spot.

Since then, she has joined the jungle hosts Ant & Dec on family favourite Saturday Night Takeaway as a presenter.

Other on-screen appearances include Celebrity Juice, First Dates, Through The Keyhole and The Great Stand Up to Cancer Bake Off 2020.

More recently she appeared on ITV's Celebrity Karaoke Club and Rylan Clark-Neal's Supermarket Sweep with Eastenders bombshell Jacqueline Jossa.

The Siddiquis

The Siddiquis are one of the originals who still appear on the Channel 4 programme today.

The Derby-based family includes dad Sid and brothers Baasit and Umar and on occasions their rarely seen brother Raza will make the odd appearance.

Sid has been married for 37 years and does have two other daughters but none of the females have ever joined their male family members on the sofa.

Baasit, is also a proud father-of-two children, daughter Amelia and son Theodore who he shares with his wife Melissa.

The IT teacher loves nothing more than updating Instagram followers about family fun day outs.

Umar is married but much like Baasit's wife, they like to remain off camera.

Leon and June

June and Leon Bernicoff quickly became one of Gogglebox's favourite couples of the programme.

The Liverpool-based duo showcased lots of wit, warmth and fun as they nestled down in their comfy matching armchairs each episode.

In December 2017, Leon tragically died after battling a long-term illness.

His commitment to the Channel 4 programme continued right up until the end of his life as he managed to film the Christmas special before sadly passing away.

Wife June immediately quit the show explaining that it wouldn't be the same without Leon by her side.

Two years later, June made the tough decision to leave their hometown in Liverpool after 60 years – wanting to be closer to her family.

In May 2020, June sadly suffered a short illness and passed away at the age of 82.

Tania Alexander, the programme's executive producer, said on Twitter: "We are deeply saddened to announce that Gogglebox's much-loved June Bernicoff passed away at the age of 82 on 5 May at home with her family after a short illness.

"As the first couple to be cast for Gogglebox back in 2013, June and her husband Leon were a huge part of the programme's success. Their warmth, wit and contrasting personalities endeared them to the nation over the course of the first 10 series."

The Tappers

The Tapper family includes dad Jonathan, mum Nikki, and their two children Josh and Amy.

In 2013, the loveable family stole the hearts of the nation before exiting the programme when Josh landed at role at 10 Downing Street.

He secured a placement at the Government Communications Apprenticeship scheme, with TV chiefs telling fans that Josh had merely taken a "break" from his on-screen telly watching role.

But Josh admitted that he had firmly slammed that door shut while entering Downing Street.

However, at the time, Josh confirmed that his intention were never to return to the sofa again – at least while the cameras were rolling.

As Josh continued to pursue a career in politics, his three other family members continued to be a firm fixture on the Channel 4 show.

However, in 2018 Amy was next to quit the show after she'd accepted an offer to appear on Celebs Go Dating.

While the TV star didn't find love, she did make a lot of new celebrities chums.

Steph and Dom

Posh duo Steph and Dom Parker quickly became Gogglebox icons and were renowned for always having a glass of fizz to hand while enjoying the television.

They joined the programme in 2013 and announced their exit just four years later.

With many other TV gigs in the pipeline and a hotel business to run, they decided it was time to leave their Channel 4 stardom behind them.

They have since starred in shows such as Four In a Bed, Celebrity Masterchef and The Jump and hilariously took to the stage appearing on 2017's Let's Sing and Dance For Comic Relief.

In 2020, Steph and Dom revealed that they were having to shut the doors of their £5million hotel business The Salutation after their company had gone bust.

At the time, Dom explained: "We are sorry to confirm that The Salutation Hotel Ltd, which has been managing The Salutation, has indeed become insolvent.

"We are in discussions with other interested parties and we aim to have the hotel back up and running very soon, under new management."

The Michaels

The Michaels formed part of the Original cast for four series until they were axed when dad Andrew revealed he was running as an MP for UKIP in the 2015 general election.

Parents Andrew, Carolyne and two of their kids, daughter's Alex, Catheryne and son Louis were loved for their quirks, outspokenness and warmth towards one another.

They have another son Pascal, although he is yet to make an appearance on the Channel 4 show.

Their absence was certainly noticed and they were missed by many viewers.

At the time, the entire family were devastated that they'd all been shown the door because their father wanted to become an MP.

However, in 2015 the entire family were invited back after Andrew decided to park his political career so that the his brood could appear on the programme.

In August 2021, the Michaels were struck with tragedy when dad Andrew died at the age of 61 after suffering a short illness.

A statement from Channel 4 and Studio Lambert on behalf of his family read: "We are deeply saddened to share the passing of Gogglebox star Andy Michael at the age of 61 following a short illness.

"Andy passed away last weekend with his family by his side.

"Retired hotelier Andy, who brought much wit and insight to Gogglebox, was one of the show's original cast members, appearing in the very first episode in 2013.

"Beloved father to Katy, Alex, Pascal and Louis, and cherished husband of Carolyne, Andy was a much-loved and respected member of the Gogglebox family, and he will be very sadly missed.

"Our love and thoughts are with Carolyne and the entire family. The family have asked for privacy at this very sad time".

Sandi and Sandra

Sandra Bogle and Sandi Martin were TV gold and will forever live on in the Gogglebox hall of fame.

Viewers of the programme were not only in awe of their hilarious one-liners but their takeaway obsession became a bit of running joke.

The Brixton duo were sliced in two when Sandi decided she no longer wanted to be part of the programme.

Speaking to The Sun previously, Sandi explained: "Me and Sandra were best friends long before Gogglebox and we always will be, simple as.

"We come as a pair. We can go off and do our own thing but in the end it’s always the two of us and we will do more things together in the future."

Sandra decided to carry on alongside her daughter Chanchez but it just wasn't the same without her partner in crime by her side.

While Sandi went on to have quite a lucrative career appearing in many reality shows such as Big Brother, Celebs On The Farm and Celebrity Fat Fighters, the same just couldn't be said for her co-star Sandra who was faced with homelessness.

After things weren't going so smoothly with her daughter on the programme Sandra pulled out of filming in 2017, announcing her exit during an episode of This Morning.

Things really turned sour when Sandra ended up living out of hotel room after she'd resigned from the TV watching gig and spent all of her hard earned cash.

At the time, she said: "All my friends were on benefits, so when I got Gogglebox it was like I’d won the jackpot.

"If one of my friends needed £100 then I’d give it to them. I’d always be getting the drinks in and buying the food. I didn't mind at first but then people started taking advantage, so I had to get out."

She moved into temporary accommodation but faced being homeless after she'd had to pull out of her role as the Spirit of The Ring Aladdin due to ill health.

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