Gogglebox star who was paid more than everybody back on benefits after leaving

Gogglebox star Sandra Martin revealed she is back on benefits years after quitting the Channel 4 show.

The 61-year-old shot to fame alongside close pal Sandi Bogle, 58, after appearing on the Channel 4 programme when it launched back in 2013.

The dynamic duo were catapulted into the spotlight and became fan favourites overnight, regularly entertaining viewers with their infectious laughs and relatable friendship.

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The pair remained on the show for three years before Sandi decided it was time to leave and take on other projects.

A decade their first appearance, Sandra is now back on benefits despite being paid "more than everybody" while starring on the show.

“I got more than everybody else, because everybody else was working, but I was on benefits, and I was the best one that was making the show," she told The Sun.

Unemployed Sandra, who had been on benefits for years, and pub owner Sandi were immediately thrust into the spotlight and began attending red carpet events and getting stopped in the street by fans.

But as their fame continued, other offers began pouring in and led to Sandi quitting the show in order to appear on Celebrity Big Brother in 2017.

After Sandi left, Sandra recalled having a panic attack over fears she would have to return to a life on benefits.

She battled to find a replacement and went on to appear on Gogglebox alongside her daughter, Chanchez Martin, however it only lasted for one series.

Sandra revealed she is now back on benefits, while Sandi has moved on to starring in pantomimes.

Sandi admitted the pair are still close friends and Sandra often comes to watch her shows.

Sandi said: "No matter what we go through, she’s always got a room here for her, and she's always got a room for me.”

“We're besties. We've been through, ups, downs, thick and thin, the worst, the wears, the tears, the bumps, the laughs," she added.

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