Gogglebox's Jenny is unrecognisable in throwback snap 30 years before finding fame on hit show

Jenny Newby looked worlds away from her usual Gogglebox appearance in a stylish throwback snap
Jenny Newby looked worlds away from her usual Gogglebox appearance in a stylish throwback snap -Credit:jennyandlee_gogglebox/Instagram

Gogglebox legend Jenny Newby often drives fans wild with her antics on screen, but the star once shocked them even further when close pal Lee, unearthed an amazing 80's curly haired throwback snap of the star long before joining the show. Fans couldn't believe the sight of Jenny, 67, who looked simply sensational in a retro picture posted on Instagram by her Gogglebox companion, Lee Riley.

Being ever so cheeky, Lee , 55, joked around and threw this flashback into their shared Instagram account predicting a possible backlash from our dear Jenny! The stunning image paints a youthful Jennie, rocking the 80's like a queen with an outstanding perm that turns heads even today!

Lee went a step ahead with his fun antics and captioned the pic: "She's going to go mad at me. Jenny with the 80'S perm x". Instantly catching fire, this post sparked an outpour of love and admiration from many of their whopping 615,000 Instagram followers.

Jenny Newby, 67, looked unrecognisable in a throwback snap
Jenny Newby, 67, looked unrecognisable in a throwback snap -Credit:jennyandlee_gogglebox/Instagram

Fans gushed over Jenny's hairdo left, right and centre, with one sweet comment stating: "And a lovely one at that!" Another fan was seen reminiscing about her own good old times: "Omg I had a perm like that I actually love curly permed hair Jenny looks lovely".

One more social media user defined nostalgia perfectly: "Now come on we've all been there lol. love it Jenny xx". A glowing tribute came in saying "Love it, I love your friendship, you are so funny together xxx", capturing the special bond between these long standing friends.

Jenny Newby and Lee Riley share a multi-decade long bond, spending their lives channeling the spirit of sitcom gold from Lee's caravan in Hull where they film the Gogglebox segments. Jenny, who used to be a landlady of The Crown Inn in Paull, became friends with Lee, who used to frequent that pub.

Over the COVID-19 lockdown, movie-lover Jenny had to move into Lee's cosy caravan in order to keep up with filming Channel 4's hit show!

While Gogglebox star Jenny usually shares her home with her husband Ray, Lee resides with Steve, his partner of 26 years. As for how the pair landed a spot on Gogglebox, it seems Jenny was discovered at Beverley Ladies Day, where she expressed her love for the show to a Channel 4 researcher.

Speaking to Hull Daily Mail in 2019, she said: "I was a big fan of it right from the beginning."

"If my friends were going out, I'd say, 'I can't, I've got to stay in and watch Gogglebox'. I loved it. So to be on it is amazing. I'd never have thought it would happen in a million years."

Lee, contrastingly, wasn't initially keen on the idea. Remembering his initial reluctance, he said: "I'd never heard of Gogglebox to be honest and I didn't want to do it. I'd say it took her about an hour and a half to talk me into it about as long as it took me to get me out of bed."

Despite her adoration for the programme, Jenny confessed that she doesn't watch their segments. .Initially explaining her decision not to view her appearances, she said: "To begin with I didn't like watching myself in case I saw something I did that I didn't like and tried to change it,".

She detailed further adding: "I thought, if I tried to stop doing something, that wouldn't be the real me. I want it to be as natural as possible."

Gogglebox continues every Friday at 9pm on Channel 4 and 4OD