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Gogglebox Star Mary Killen Reveals Why She and Husband Giles Call Each Other "Nutty"

Gogglebox Star Mary Killen Reveals Why She and Husband Giles Call Each Other "Nutty"

Gogglebox stars Giles and Mary Killen have earned a place in the nation's hearts thanks to their eccentric behaviour on the hit Channel 4 show.

And now the Wiltshire couple have lifted the lid on their marriage - from domestic life to their unusual nicknames.

Speaking to The Daily Star, Mary explained: "We call each other 'nutty' because we both consider the other to be a bit mad.

"Giles has multiple personality disorder so he's all sorts of people and one of them is a bit of a genius. The truth is we're both neurotic."

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Mary and Giles watching TV on Gogglebox (Credit: Channel 4)
Mary and Giles watching TV on Gogglebox (Credit: Channel 4)

Mary also confessed that spending time together while filming the show has helped to save their marriage.

"Giles and I were like ships that pass in the night," she said. "I got up early. He went to bed late and we rarely even ate together. I know a few couples who have split up because they have decided they can't stand one another. Sitting down and watching television reminded us how much we enjoyed the same jokes."

Before they became Gogglebox regulars, the couple met more than three decades ago at the Wimbledon College of Art. Mary earned £4.50 an hour to pose as a costume model and Giles was a student. Mary said she turned down an extra 25p to model nude.

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They now call Wilstshire, in South-West England, home and have two grown-up children.

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Mary revealed she would have split from husband Giles, both of whom are in their 50s, had it not been for Gogglebox.

She joked that his antics made her consider trading him in for a new husband, but she realised that he's not so bad after all and are even more annoying than Giles. She said: "You have to understand all men are really annoying one way or another?"

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Outside of the show Mary is an etiquette expert who has written an "agony" column and is the author of two books.

French and Saunders as Mary and Giles (Credit: BBC)
French and Saunders as Mary and Giles (Credit: BBC)

So just how eccentric is Giles? Well, according to Mary her husband's clumsy antics includes what Mary refers to as "selective deafness" when she calls him in from the garden, or when the phone rings and he sits and asks "who on earth is that?" instead of answering it.

This is just the tip of the iceberg - Giles also has a lot of minor accidents, according to Mary. He stubs his toe, bangs his head, burns and cuts himself. Mary said "When he grazed the roof of his mouth with a crisp he made a tremendous fuss."

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Despite their squabbles it seems the nation's favourite 'nutty' armchair critics will stay together for many more years, and series, to come.

Featured Image Credit: Channel 4

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