Gogglebox star Lee often gets mistaken for ‘someone else’ as he admits he finds fame ‘overwhelming’

Lee and Jenny have been fan favourites from the beginning (Picture: Jude Edginton)

Gogglebox star Lee Riley has told how he often gets mistaken for ‘someone else’ when out in public as he admitted that he finds fame ‘overwhelming’.

The 51-year-old from Hull, who appears on the Channel 4 show with his bestie Jenny Newman, has been a fan favourite since he joined the series in 2014.

And while Lee maybe a familiar face to most people, on the odd occasion he does get mistaken for someone completely different.

I get mistaken as an old friend. I was on a plane last month and a woman came up and said, “Hiya Martin”, as I was going to the toilet,’ he began. ‘She thought I was some fella she knew from the spa.’

‘I’m quite shy believe it or not so I sometimes find it a bit overwhelming, but Jenny loves it,’ he continued to Ireland’s Big Issue magazine.

Jenny and Lee have been keeping the entire nation laughing during lockdown (Picture: @jennyandlee_gogglebox)

When Lee is not filming for the show in Hull, he is found in sunny Cyprus where he lives with his partner Steve.

Speaking about how he became a permanent fixture on the hit programme, Lee added: ‘She (Jenny) asked me if I wanted to sit and do a test filming with her. I’d never seen Gogglebox, it had only just started, so I walked into filming swearing my head off because she’d got me out of bed on my day off.’

What a throwback (Picture: @jennyandlee_gogglebox)

Series 15 of Gogglebox may have come to an end, but the duo has also been keeping the entire nation entertained during lockdown.

Taking to Instagram on their joint account, the pair shared a photograph of themselves enjoying a cruise almost two decades ago.

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‘Old photo 16 years ago of me and Jenny on a cruise taking the p**s,’ Lee wrote alongside the snap of them arm-in-arm with a bunch of flowers.

Referring to how celebratory they looked, the star quipped: ‘And no before you ask we didn’t get married.’

Gogglebox continues Friday at 9pm on Channel 4.

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