The Dalton family
Gogglebox’s Dalton family from Toorak — daggy dad Matt, mum Kate and teenage girls Millie and Holly — have become unexpectedly famous since the show took off.
What sort of reception do you get from the public? Matt: Some people know us straight out, others go: Where have we met before? I went to Helsinki, Finland (for work) and I was in a cafe by myself and a bloke walked up and said: ‘You’re the Gogglebox dad aren’t you? It was one of the first times anyone had ever recognised me. And he said: ‘Oh, my kids reckon your jokes are worse than mine’. And then he just walked off. You’d think you’d be safe in Helsinki at 7.30 at night from someone coming in and bagging your dad jokes.
You are famous for dad jokes … Matt: The kids certainly give me some grief on dad’s jokes, but you know what — it’s like anything, if you took them away the kids would be asking for them, so that’s why I give it to them all the time. Kate: We banter together so we take everything in jest. Really it’s all in jest, even some of the things that get brought up about my cooking, you’ll find I’m laughing half the time.
Is Father’s Day a big deal at your house? Matt: I think it should be the most important day of the year but I don’t think it is in our house. We probably go out to dinner as a family. I don’t think those massive presents come my way traditionally but Kate, I’m happy to change that.
It seems like the girls love you a lot despite your jokes ... Matt: I was a very active dad with the kids growing up and we’d go to a lot of sporting events and all that sort of stuff. So whilst I’m working all the time, I sort of did my fair share and it gets paid back in spades when the kids get a little bit older which is good. Kate: He’s 100 per cent right. From day dot Matt’s always been involved, even with nappies and taking the girls as babies when they were crying ... Matt: Can I just stop you there? Kate just said: Matt’s 100 per cent right” can you make that your heading? Because I don’t think it’s ever been said in the history of our family. Kate: OK, smarty.
Who gets more embarrassed when you watch raunchy programs for Gogglebox: the girls or you two? Kate: (Laughs) I think Matt’s the one that gets more (embarrassed). He’s surrounded by girls. Matt: I normally walk out because I’ve already watched the show!
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The Daltons ... dad Matt, mum Kate with daughters Millie and Holly.