Gogglebox star Ellie Warner celebates her 30th birthday in lockdown after backlash over watching TV with her sister Izzi – The Sun

GOGGLEBOX's Ellie Warner celebrated her 30th birthday in lockdown after backlash over her watching TV with her sister Izzi.

Viewers fumed at the sisters after they appeared on Friday's episode of the Chanel 4 show – despite not living together.

Ellie shrugged off the drama as she celebrated from her garden.

Drinking champagne with a raspberry in it, the Gogglebox star captioned her photo: "Happy 30th to me. cheers everyone."

She soaked up the sun in her big garden.

Izzi wrote a tribute to her sister, as she shared photos of them on nights out, at awards ceremonies and as kids.

She wrote: "Massive happy 30th birthday to my gorgeous big sister @ellie_warner the kindest and most generous person I know!

"Not the way we planned on celebrating the occasion but we will defo make up for it once this lock down is over and if you can't milk your 30th for a full year then.

"love you infinity hope you enjoy your day relaxing, eating and having a great time #sistersister #dirtythirty #thirtyflirtyandthriving".

Later on, the girls enjoyed a virtual quiz and party on zoom together – where they all enjoyed a wine.

They appeared not to be in the same house – unlike on Friday, where they provoked the ire of fans.

Viewers said the pair shouldn't be in each other's homes amid the coronavirus lockdown, with some branding Channel 4 "irresponsible" for airing the scenes.

Fans were expecting to see Ellie's boyfriend Nat, who had previously taken Izzi's place during the lockdown, but were shocked to see her back in the house instead.

One tweeted: "Ellie’s boyfriend was stepping in for Izzi. So how come she’s now back and mixing households? God what I would give to see my family!!"

A second wrote "So wait… izzi and ellie have completely broken lockdown rules and moved back in with each other??? how is that allowed?"

Another said: "I’m proper confused… They replaced Izzi with Ellie’s bf cos they weren’t isolating together, but now they’re back filming together?? Yet C4 said at the beginning that the cast is adhering to social distancing 🤷🏼‍♀️ clearly not huns."

A spokesperson for the show told The Sun Online: "Most of the families live together but where they don’t, they are complying with PHE [Public Health England] social distancing guidelines.

“Gogglebox will only film with families where it’s safe to do so. The health and safety of our cast and crew is paramount."

Under government social distancing rules, Brits are banned from going to see members of their family if they live in different homes.

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