Gogglebox Leader EXCLUSIVE: Want to go all the way to Spain and go shopping in Primark!


By Andrew Atkinson

Gogglebox C4 TV stars Tom Malone, his wife Julie and daughter Vanessa, as well as their three children, took a break on the Costa Blanca, soaking in temperatures reaching 30 degrees, before filming the new series of the popular program Plus late this month.

Looking cool and tanned, wearing sunglasses and a panama hat, Tom joked, “Fancy going all the way to Spain – and shopping in Primark!”

The Malones were shopping at one of Europe’s biggest shopping malls, La Zenia Boulevard, on the Orihuela Costa, in Alicante.

Gogglebox stars Julie, Tom, journalist Andrew Atkinson, Vanessa and her three children on La Zenia Boulevard. Photos: Hélène Atkinson.

The family, who have been on Gogglebox since 2013, were staying in Quesada, at a friend’s villa: “We went to Tesco in Quesada – and had HP sauce and Vimto! Joker Tom said.

Mother of three, Vanessa, an NHS nurse, who first joined Gogglebox in March for the 17th round, said: “We love our time in sunny Spain enjoying a lovely family break.”

The Malones are filmed six hours a night, two days a week, and Tom said, “We’ve been on the show for seven years and we look forward to the start of filming on the new show in September.”

Tom, a truck driver, and Julie, a receptionist, have four children, Lee, Vanessa, Tom jnr and Shaun.

Shaun, formerly on Gogglebox, is a coach at Manchester United and works in their Ability Counts Disability program.

Professional dancer, model, choreographer and TikTok star, Tom junior, 26, who performed with Rita Ora, Fergie and Wiley, left Gogglebox in 2020 after six and a half years.

The Malones have three Rottweiler dogs, Lucy, Joe and Dave, the latter famous for his appearances on the series, sitting on the couch with the family, in front of cakes and cookies, while watching TV.

Grandparents of four, Tom and Julie both looked slim after losing weight during the coronovirus lockdown.

“We went to Torrevieja beach – but we couldn’t go to the sea because the red flag was flying! Tom said with a laugh.

“We enjoyed our two weeks in Spain, but now we’re heading back to the UK to start filming,” Tom added.

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