Gogglebox star Pete’s life off air from fatherhood to real job and famous family

Gogglebox star Pete Sandiford sent viewers into meltdown on Friday evening when he announced he is about to become a dad.

Having been a favourite on the show since 2018, the happy news came as a surprise to many, as they rushed to congratulate the reality star.

While Pete, 26, is one of the biggest personalities on Gogglebox, he prefers to keep his private life out of the spotlight.

However, occasionally, Pete and his sister Sophie Sandiford, 24, offer a glimpse into their lives in Blackpool, shedding light on their real-life jobs and relationships.

Below, Daily Star has done a deep dive into everything you need to know about dad-to-be Pete.

Day job

While the cast of Gogglebox have become celebrities in their own right, they are paid just £1,500 per month to participate.

Another plus side is a free takeaway in the evenings, but despite the paycheque, the cast generally sticks with their day jobs while filming.

As his main gig, Pete actually works in the insurance industry, doing a desk job in Blackpool.

His sister Sophie formerly worked as a window dresser in Debenhams, but sadly lost her job when the lockdown badly impacted the department stores’ profits.

However, since leaving Debenhams behind, Sophie has decided on a career change and is training to become a florist.

Famous family

Pete and Sophie’s witty commentary has left Gogglebox viewers in tears time and time again – hinting comedy runs in their blood.

The siblings are related to two of the funniest men in the business – The Chuckle Brothers.

Fans’ suspicions were first raised when they spotted an old picture on Paul Elliott’s Twitter page, showing him posing with Pete and Sophie.

"This day 2018 with my great-niece and nephew," he added in the caption, confirming they were related.

When Barry Elliott died in 2018 after a bout of ill health, Sophie paid tribute to her late uncle, remembering the legendary comic’s sense of humour throughout her childhood.

"A truly lovely and funny man to be around," she said.

"You filled millions of childhoods with laughter and entertainment including mine and Peters. You will be sadly missed by many. Rest in peace Uncle Barry. Lots of love from me, to you."

Gogglebox fame

Gogglebox had been running for five years before Pete and Sophie joined the cast, getting scouted by Channel 4’s team.

Network bosses spotted the brother and sister when they starred in Talk Talk's This Stuff Matters campaign, which launched in 2016.

The documentary-style advert saw the pair in their Blackpool home, spending time with their family and chatting on the phone.

Pete’s face even made it onto a billboard after the advert aired, with the Sandifords eventually making it onto Gogglebox two years later.

Opening up about becoming national treasures thanks to the Channel 4 stint, the down-to-earth siblings revealed they were "gobsmacked" by the public's response.

Chatting to The Sun, Sophie said: "We can still pop out for milk, but I can always tell when we're on telly because my phone buzzes with new Twitter followers."

Pete added: "We're still gobsmacked that we're on the show. A woman came up to me saying me and Soph were ace – when people take the time to do that, it means a lot."

Wife to be

Pete is set to become a husband, having popped the question over the winter break, asking long-term girlfriend Paige Yeomans to marry him.

Announcing their engagement back in February, Sophie turned to him while filming and asked: "Do you feel any different now that you've got engaged?"

Pete admitted he felt a new sense of responsibility, realising he was going to become someone’s husband.

"Yeah, I think… I feel like an even bigger responsibility. I don't know why. I'm going to have a wife," he explained.

The reality star is head over heels for fiancee Paige, previously describing her as his "Mrs and best mate".

Pete went public with his relationship last October, sharing a selfie with the stunning Emergency Service Call Handler on Instagram.

Paige, whose social media is private, is close mates with her future sister-in-law – Sophie previously described their relationship as "best friends forever".


The Sandiford family is set to welcome another addition, as Pete and his fiancee are expecting their first child together.

On Friday evening, Pete presented his sister with the baby’s ultrasound, saying: "Here we go, look at this!"

Sophie expressed her joy over becoming an auntie, as she wondered whether the tot would resemble her in any way.

Holding the scan up to her face, she said: "My niece or nephew. Does it look like me?"

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Pete then made it clear he couldn’t wait to become a dad, taking a moment to reflect on the major news with his little sis.

"Innit mad? I am actually going to be a dad to somebody," he mused.

"Crazy. Life’s coming at you fast," Sophie replied.

Gogglebox airs on weekdays at 9pm on Channel 4.

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