The couple’s self-titled show ended in 2008, with Judy later taking a step back from the limelight.
Richard however, has continued to appear on various shows including Good Morning Britain, and his most recent venture has seen him enter the I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! Castle as one of this year’s contestants.
While viewers have come to be familiar with Richard and Judy, most don’t know much about their long-lasting marriage, including the surprising age gap between the pair.
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What is Richard and Judy’s age gap?
Richard Madeley is 65 years old, while Judy Finnegan is 73 years old. The couple have an age gap of eight years, and first met back in 1982.
They met when Richard was 26 and Judy was 34, and they were both working at Granada TV at the time.
It wasn’t love at first sight however, as Richard was married to his first wife Lynda, and Judy was married to David Henshaw. The pair did eventually hit it off, and four years later they tied the knot.
Judy previously opened up about their initial meeting to The Mirror, saying: “I was already working at Granada as a reporter and presenter when Richard joined from Yorkshire TV.
“I remember the first time I saw him. He walked into the newsroom, and I was sitting at my desk at the other end. I remember exactly what he was wearing: a pale blue linen suit.
“I thought he looked nice. Tall, handsome and all that but I thought the suit was a bit flash. Then, because he was a newbie, I was assigned the job of looking after him.”
Richard and Judy have gone on to enjoy one of the longest lasting marriages in the showbiz world, having now been married for 35 years.
They share two children together, Chloe and Jack, and Richard is also stepfather to Judy’s twins from her first marriage to David Henshaw.
Richard revealed the secret to their happy marriage previously, as he said: “We’ve had our moments, and the occasional screaming, but it’s always been over something trivial.
“We’ve never had marriage counselling, and never ever so much as discussed divorce. There have been no crisis dinners, nothing. We respect each other, and that’s the key.”
His current stint in the I’m A Celebrity Castle also marks the longest the couple have ever been apart, and the first time Richard has missed their wedding anniversary.
He told The Mirror: “It is the longest time by far we ever spent apart.
“I think the only other time we’ve spent more than a week apart was two or three years ago when I did The Circle on Channel 4, and we were apart for about 10 days.
“And already we’ve been apart for almost two weeks. We had to hand in phones and laptops and everything. So I can’t even talk to her anymore.”
I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! airs every evening at 9pm on ITV.
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