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Gogglebox’s Tapper family matriarch hit beach in Barbados

They became household names from the comfort of their own living room in north London.

But Gogglebox’s Tapper family went global on Thursday, when they were pictured enjoying a festive beach break in Barbados.

So far from their sofa, matriarch Nikki, 44, and husband Jonathan, 50, spent a luxurious Christmas with their children Amy, 17, and 20-year-old Josh – along with his pretty girlfriend – soaking up the sun in a celebrity hotspot.

 

Beach day: The Tapper family’s Nikki (centre) and Amy (left) from Googlebox were seen enjoying a Christmas getaway in Barbados this week

Mum-of-two Nikki was quite the Goggle-fox in a floral two-piece, featuring frilly bottoms and a strapless bikini top, ideal for an even, golden tan.

She was seen on the sands with trainee hairdresser daughter Amy, who was in full holiday mode in an off-the-shoulder top and shorts.

Beneath her beach look, Amy was dressed in a one-piece swimsuit, ready for a day aboard a boat with her famous four-piece family.

Family getaway: Gogglebox favourite Amy was in full holiday mode when she enjoyed a boat ride with her whole family at Christmas

On the beach: 20-year-old Josh was easy to spot in colour-blend shorts

Relaxation: Jonathan was chilling out in sunglasses and bright swimshorts

Hitting the beach: Son Josh (left) joined his father Jonathan (right) in a shirtless display as the family soaked up the luxury of the celebrity hotspot

Happy families: Nikki and Jonathan's family have become well-loved for their witty commentary on Channel 4 reality show Gogglebox

Happy families: Nikki and Jonathan’s family have become well-loved for their witty commentary on Channel 4 reality show Gogglebox

Goggle-fox! Nikki was quite the Goggle-fox in a floral two-piece, featuring frilly bottoms and a strapless bikini top

Goggle-fox! Nikki was quite the Goggle-fox in a floral two-piece, featuring frilly bottoms and a strapless bikini top

So far from their sofa: (From left) Amy, Jonathan, Nikki and Josh have been with the reality show since 2013, becoming famous from the comfort of their own north London home

So far from their sofa: (From left) Amy, Jonathan, Nikki and Josh have been with the reality show since 2013, becoming famous from the comfort of their own north London home

The down-to-earth north London family may have been out of their usual comfort zone but they certainly made themselves at home in the Caribbean.

Adapting well to island life, 20-year-old Josh was seen taking a long walk along the coastline with his bikini-clad girlfriend.

Shirtless Josh was sporting colourful board shorts while his pretty companion looked effortless in a mismatching halterneck bikini.

The loved-up teens were later seen sharing a kiss in the sea, as she joined the famous Tapper family for a luxurious getaway. 

Catching some rays: With her hair wet from a dip in the sea, Amy dried off with a towel

Navigating the ship: Amy accessorised with aviator sunglasses as she sat at the front of the boat, later that day

Catching some rays: Leaving her shoulders bare, the trainee hairdresser swept her sea salt curls into a high bun

Glowing: With a strapless bikini top, Nikki was doing her best to get an even, golden tan

Glowing: With a strapless bikini top, Nikki was doing her best to get an even, golden tan

Barbados is a winter sun destination favoured by the likes of Simon Cowell and TV presenter Emma Forbes, and has this year been the setting for Hollywood actor Mark Wahlberg’s Christmas break.

The Tapper family have adjusted well to fame since joining British reality show Gogglebox – on which families are filmed watching and commenting on popular TV shows – on Channel 4 in 2013. 

They have become one of the best-loved groups on the show, becoming known for their witty one-liners, intellectual commentary and heart-warming family dynamic.

Father Jonathan, 50, – a chaffeur and former restaurateur – motivated the whole family to make positive lifestyle changes in July, after being diagnosed with diabetes type 2.

Young love: Josh was accompanied by his pretty girlfriend Hannah on the family vacation

Young love: Josh was accompanied by his pretty girlfriend Hannah on the family vacation

Beefing up: In July, Josh stated his intentions to 'beef up' saying that he was keen to work on his cardio at the gym

Standing out: Josh dressed for the weather in pink and blue swimshorts

 Standing down: In October, it was announced that Josh would leave Gogglebox to focus on a career in politics

 Smitten: Josh and Hannah were later seen to value some alone time and shared a cuddle in the water

 Smitten: Josh and Hannah were later seen to value some alone time and shared a cuddle in the water

Happy couple: The duo have been an item for over a year, regularly seen posting smitten updates on social media

Happy couple: The duo have been an item for over a year, regularly seen posting smitten updates on social media

Part of the family: Hannah joined the famous Tapper family for their annual festive break

Part of the family: Hannah joined the famous Tapper family for their annual festive break

Matriarch Nikki explained to MailOnline at the time: ‘I’ve always cooked from scratch for the family and try to encourage them to be healthy.

‘Now with Jonathan’s diabetes, I am trying to reduce his carbs. We will still have rice, potatoes and pasta but in smaller portions. We are now all going for walks together as a family.’ 

Josh also said that he was ‘beefing up’ at the gym following a full health MOT with the family.

He said: ‘I do a mixture of cardio and weights at the gym, I used to go once a week but now I train most days. Having a family member with diabetes does hit home how important diet is.’

Famous family: A boat trip was the ultimate way to spend a day in the Caribbean sun

Famous family: A boat trip was the ultimate way to spend a day in the Caribbean sun

Family time: The family have become well-loved for their heart-warming family dynamic

Family time: The family have become well-loved for their heart-warming family dynamic

Close bonds: The holiday looked picture-perfect - and the perfect way to spend the Christmas break

Close bonds: The holiday looked picture-perfect – and the perfect way to spend the Christmas break

Moving on: The Tapper family will return to screens without son Josh in 2018

Moving on: The Tapper family will return to screens without son Josh in 2018

After four years, the 20-year-old has recently stepped down from Gogglebox to pursue a career in politics, taking on a Civil Service apprenticeship for next two years. 

Though Channel 4 has vowed to ‘leave the door open’ for Josh, the Tapper family have gone on with the show without him.

‘It’s a much coveted job,’ a source told The Mirror in October. ‘Josh has already started having meetings within No.10.

The insider added: ‘The Tappers are one of the show’s favourite families and Channel 4 really wanted them to carry on, even without Josh. The family are very proud of him.’

Time to relax: Josh's girlfriend Hannah looked effortless in a mismatching bikini

Time to relax: Josh’s girlfriend Hannah looked effortless in a mismatching bikini

Time to relax: It was a busy end to 2017 for Josh, who is thought to be departing Gogglebox

Time to relax: It was a busy end to 2017 for Josh, who is thought to be departing Gogglebox

Motivation: Father Jonathan, 50, - a chaffeur and former restaurateur - motivated the whole family to make positive lifestyle changes in July, after being diagnosed with diabetes type 2

Motivation: Father Jonathan, 50, – a chaffeur and former restaurateur – motivated the whole family to make positive lifestyle changes in July, after being diagnosed with diabetes type 2

This Christmas, Gogglebox stars mourned the unexpected loss of fan favourite Leon Bernicoff, who has been on the reality show since its inception, alongside his wife June.

It was announced on Christmas Day that Leon had passed away at the age of 83 following a short illness over the weekend.

Channel 4 dedicated the festive episode of Gogglebox to their late cast member. 

At the start of Sunday evening’s night’s instalment, an announcer told viewers: ‘Before Gogglebox begins, we’re sorry to share the very sad news that Leon passed away in hospital yesterday.

‘He will be sorely missed and we dedicate tonight’s show to his memory.’  

Paying tribute: Over Christmas, Gogglebox fans mourned the unexpected loss of original star Leon Bernicoff (right) who starred alongside wife June but sadly passed away at the age of 83 following a short illness

Paying tribute: Over Christmas, Gogglebox fans mourned the unexpected loss of original star Leon Bernicoff (right) who starred alongside wife June but sadly passed away at the age of 83 following a short illness

 

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