Everything we know about Jonathan LaPaglia’s wife Ursula Brooks

Their relationship may be low-key, but their love is anything but!
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He may be the host of a show that’s all about backstabbing, scheming, and being the last one standing, but Jonathan LaPaglia’s marriage is nothing like the show Survivor.

The Australian Survivor host has been happily married to his wife Ursula Brooks for over two decades after the pair tied the knot back in 1998.

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Jonathan has kept his marriage relatively low-key, but he will often share little snippets of his wife and their daughter, Tilly, on his social media.

And, while their romance has been kept out of the spotlight, Ursula is no stranger to the public eye, where she’s worked as an actress for years.

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Jonathan and Ursula have been married since 1998. (Credit: Getty)

Ursula has starred in films such as Happy in the Valley, Angels and Demons, and Daybreak. She’s also written two TV movies, Enough About You and How Divine!.

But, there is no doubt her most incredible role yet is being the mother to her and Jonathan’s 19-year-old daughter Tilly who according to her father, “doesn’t really have any inclination” to go into show business. Instead, she wants to be a neuroscientist.

“I used to be a doctor, so maybe there’s some chip off the old block,” Jonathan jokingly told our sister publication TV Week in June 2023.

“She’s probably going to move to the East Coast for college, so she’ll be as far away from us as possible, which I think she’s looking forward to,” the dad added.

“I’m happy that she wants that independence, and I encourage it, but, like most parents, there’s a part of me that would like to freeze time when Tilly was a little chunky bubba…she was so damned cute! But there’s a bigger part of me that’s proud of the fine young adult she’s become.”

He also shared that despite his hosting duties on Survivor, to Tilly he’s “just her dad who tells really bad jokes.”

Tilly is ready to leave the nest and go to a college on the East Coast of the USA. (Credit: Instagram)

In June 2023, the proud parents celebrated their only daughter after she achieved an exciting new milestone, graduating from high school!

“Congrats little one (not so little anymore!) crushing high school and graduating Class of 2023! 👏 🥳 So much knowledged acquired, so much more to learn…like how to use the washing machine when you go to college 🤪 #prouddad,” the television veteran penned.

Celebrating a special milestone! (Credit: Instagram)

Prior to that, Jonathan celebrated his daughter passing her driving test in her home state of California with a sweet post shared in March, 2021.

“Secretly I was hoping she wouldn’t pass her Drivers Test today so we could do a couple more years of lessons. Nope…she #crushedit 👊🏻 One and done @tilly.lapaglia (The grey hairs are coming in already) #prouddad 🤓,” he wrote jokingly.

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Jonathan is a proud dad to his daughter Tilly, whom he shares with Ursula. (Credit: Instagram)

In January of that same year, the Survivor host shared this heartwarming throwback snap of the father-daughter duo. 

“Photobombed by the Queen’s Corgi whilst chilling with my favourite daughter 😍 #woof,” Jonathan wrote at the time.

Jonathan can’t believe how quickly Tilly has grown up! (Credit: Instagram)

Backtracking to September 2020, the father of one celebrated a special occasion with his only child Tilly.

“Little one just turned sweet 16 🎉….first order of bidness 👉🏻 drivers permit 😬 #birthdaygirl #wheredidthetimego.”

He captioned a second photo of a newborn Tilly with this: “the love affair that started 16 years ago 😍 #nationaldaughtersday.”

But as well as sharing throwback snaps and updates about his daughter and family life, Jonathan has also publically praised his wife. 

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The couple were both born in Australia, but now live in America. (Credit: Getty)

“Big congrats to Ursula Brooks for winning 1st Prize TV Comedy Pilot at LA Comedy Festival,” he wrote enthusiastically on his Instagram in November 2017.

Nowadays, the family of three have since set up their roots in Santa Monica, California, despite Jonathan having been born in Sydney and Ursula in Adelaide.

And despite living near Hollywood, the couple have done their best to keep their family life hidden away from the public eye.

“We always make sure that we spend almost all our meals together. That’s like really important to us to take time out for the day and sit down and celebrate meals together,” the 54-year-old has also shared with TV Week.

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