Who are the Michael family from Brighton on Gogglebox? Meet Andrew, Carolyne and their children


GOGGLEBOX fans all have their favourite family that stars on the show and for many, it’s The Michael family.

For some, the characters that hit our screens week in and week out can end up feeling like friends – thanks to our insight into their TV-watching habits…

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Of the show’s stalwarts are the Michael family – but who are they and how many of them are there?

Who are The Michael family?

The Michael family are from Brighton and have become one of the shows favourite families over time.

While Louis and his sister Alex appear alongside their parents Andrew and Carolyne on the sofa, they do in fact have two other siblings.

It was discovered that Alex is sometimes subbed by her lookalike sister Catheryne – and when the pair appeared together on screen viewers went wild.

The whole time I thought they were one person? Twins! #goggleboxpic.twitter.com/aSlDvYge3C

— Finley Bartlett (@FinleyBartlett) June 3, 2016

Googlebox watchers had previously thought the sister were the same girl with just slightly different make-up. Catheryne, known as Katie, was travelling in Australia when the family first signed up for the show but now she’s returned to the UK she sometimes surprises viewers by making an appearance.

Merry Christmas from the Michael family!!! Love, happiness and joy to you all!!! ❤️?❤️

A post shared by Louis (@louisxmichael) on Dec 25, 2016 at 5:42am PST

Meanwhile, there is also another Michael son, Pascal – who is said to be currently studying neuroscience in Aberdeen.


A post shared by Louis (@louisxmichael) on Mar 5, 2017 at 12:53pm PST

The family were briefly dropped from Gogglebox in 2015 – when dad Andrew stood for election as a candidate for UKIP.

He failed to win the seat, and the family returned to the show.

Louis is studying at the University of Chester where his big sister Alex received a Masters in Computer Science.

What time is Gogglebox on Channel 4?

Gogglebox returns to Channel 4 for its tenth series TONIGHT, Friday, September 29 at 9pm.

It follows the ninth series which ended in June.

Airing once a week, each of the episodes lasts an hour – and fans can expect at least 15 episodes at that’s how many there were in series nine.

How much do the Gogglebox families get paid?

A Gogglebox insider told The Sun Online that each of the families taking part are handed a monthly family allowance of £1,500.

The amount is then split amongst contributing family members at their own discretion.

The monthly wage comes with its own added perks and each of the families receives free takeaways to keep them going through each sitting.

How many hours of TV do the Gogglebox families watch?

In exchange for the £1,500 fee (and free food) each of the families are expected to commit to 12 hours of filming a week across two six-hour shifts.

That’s a lot of TV…



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