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Gogglebox viewers gobsmacked to find out where star Giles Wood is really from

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Gogglebox viewers gobsmacked to find out where star Giles Wood is really from
The TV star is well-known for his witty banter and dry sense of humour alongside his wife Mary Killen on Channel 4. But some viewers were surprised to learn plummy-voiced Giles was born and raised in Stoke-on-Trent because he doesn’t have a local twang. According to reports the family business based in Hanley, S.A. Wood and Sons has been making fireplaces since the Victorian era.
It is also believed Giles is related to the founders of Wood & Sons, an 18th century pottery firm in Burslem.

But not many people had made the Stoke-on-Trent connection with Giles until now.

As a child Giles attended the independent Shrewsbury School and lived in Keele.

In 1980 he met his future wife Mary who was a model at Wimbledon School of Art.

Since then, Giles has dedicated his life to art and is an acclaimed artist. 

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The couple who are now in their 50s moved to their cosy cottage in Wiltshire around 30 years ago.

His daughter Freya is also an artist and Posy works as a teacher. 

According to reports the couple are well connected and friends with Boris Johnson and his family. 

READ MORE What do the stars of Gogglebox do in real life?

Thankfully Mary was convinced to take part in the show and the couple have gained a loyal fan base. 

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Some Gogglebox fans were surprised to learn Giles was born in Stoke-on-Trent.

One Stoke-on-Trent-based viewer told Stoke on Trent Live: “Really? I would never have thought that. I’m shocked. Good on him but he must have gone to a good school. I think they are hilarious.”

Another said: “Oh blimey! I didn’t know that. No wonder I love him.”

And third joked: “He dunner toke nowt like may!”

However, some viewers had already made the connection.

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One said: “His father owned the fireplace factory and they lived at Keele.”

And a second added: “I knew he had links to this area and from bits the he’s said, I guessed he’d come from a family with money. Love him and nutty on Gogglebox.”

Previously Giles has spoken about his time appearing on Gogglebox and said “Fame hasn’t changed us.

“Mary gets recognised more than me because I wear a red bobble hat a lot of the time.

“If I’m not feeling cheerful, she kicks me in the shins and tells me to smile for a selfie.

“There are lots of pictures of me out there, grinning like a baboon in a bobble hat.

“But it’s not like being a member of the Beatles pop group. We don’t get mobbed.”

You can catch the latest episode of Gogglebox on Fridays at 9pm and it is repeated on Sundays at 10.05pm.

Additional reporting Hayley Parker. 

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Gogglebox viewers gobsmacked to find out where star Giles Wood is really from
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