Gogglebox star Giles Wood retired at just 21 years old, his wife Mary reveals

GOGGLEBOX star Giles Wood was able to retire aged just 21, it has been revealed.

The armchair TV critic, who appears on the Channel 4 show alongside his wife Mary Killen, didn’t even make it into the workplace before putting his feet up for good.


Gogglebox’s Giles Wood retired when he was just 21 years oldCredit: Channel 4
Mary revealed that her husband didn't make it into a workplace


Mary revealed that her husband didn’t make it into a workplaceCredit: Instagram

Mary let slip the revelation in a previous episode of Gogglebox, ribbing her hubby for claiming he was “starting” retirement.

While watching a documentary about the Covid-19 pandemic, he said to his wife of more than 30 years: “Just as I’m starting to enjoy my retirement.”

But Mary shot back: “What retirement? You haven’t worked first. You retired at 21, so now you can start working, do it in reverse.”

Away from his and Mary’s showbiz role on TV, Giles does actually earn a living from painting pictures of other people’s “clutter”.

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The star, who lives in a stunning Wiltshire cottage with Mary, studied at the Wimbledon Art School and paints to relax.

It was at college where the couple met, as Mary was working as a model at the time.

Giles now displays his artwork on his own website, with signed and framed prints previously selling for £250-a-go.

After his secret job was revealed, fans were stunned by his very detailed artworks featuring busy interiors, elegant homes and landscapes.

One fan remarked below his portrait of a historic home: “I had no idea you were an artist. Your work is stunning.”

Another borrowed the nickname Giles and Mary both use for each other, posting: “Beautiful work Nutty!”

Mary, meanwhile, is a journalist, author and long-time contributor to politics mag The Spectator.

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

Giles and Mary, who have never revealed their ages, have two adult daughters together and have appeared on Gogglebox since 2015.

Gogglebox continues at 9pm, Channel 4, on Friday

Mary and Giles met at Wimbledon Art School


Mary and Giles met at Wimbledon Art SchoolCredit: Instagram
The couple joined the cast of Gogglebox in 2015


The couple joined the cast of Gogglebox in 2015Credit: Channel 4

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