Paddy McGuinness

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Patrick Joseph McGuinness

(1973-08-14) 14 August 1973 (age 46)
Nationality British
  • Comedian
  • presenter
  • actor
Years active1995–present
Christine Martin(m. 2011)

Patrick Joseph "Paddy" McGuinness (born 14 August 1973) is an English comedian, comedy actor, television personality and presenter. McGuinness rose to fame with the help of Peter Kay, who invited him to appear in his programmes such as That Peter Kay Thing , Phoenix Nights and Max and Paddy's Road to Nowhere . He is best known for his roles within Channel 4, ITV and BBC presenting game shows such as Take Me Out as well as, since 2019, making up one third of BBC‘s Top Gear trio of hosts.

Peter Kay English comedian and actor

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That Peter Kay Thing is a series of six spoof documentaries shown on Channel 4 in 2000. It was written by Peter Kay, Dave Spikey, Neil Fitzmaurice and Gareth Hughes, and was directed by Andrew Gillman. The series was narrated by Andrew Sachs. Set in and around Bolton, each episode functions as a self-contained documentary following a different set of characters, many of them played by Kay. The pilot episode, "The Services", was shown in 1998 as an episode of Comedy Lab, a series which showcases pilots of experimental comedy shows. Many of the characters went on to appear in the successful spin-off series Phoenix Nights.

<i>Phoenix Nights</i> television series

Phoenix Nights is a British sitcom about The Phoenix Club, a working men's club in the northern English town of Bolton, Greater Manchester. The show was written by Neil Fitzmaurice, Peter Kay and Dave Spikey, produced by Goodnight Vienna Productions and Ovation Entertainments, and was broadcast on Channel 4 in the UK. All the music was written by Toni Baker and Peter Kay. Additional material was provided by Paddy McGuinness. Two series have been produced, which were first transmitted in 2001 and 2002.




McGuinness made his television debut in 1995 as a contestant for the show God's Gift . He also appeared in the second series of the Sky 1 show The Match . On 15 May 2006, McGuinness hosted Inside Wayne Rooney on Sky 1, a programme where he completed different tasks to see the difference between him and a professional footballer.

God's Gift was a British television game show broadcast for two series in 1995 and 1996. It was produced by Granada Television and presented from the studio floor by Davina McCall in series 1 and Claudia Winkleman in series 2. Stuart Hall provided the voiceover for the first series and most of the second, with Jimmy Savile doing the voiceover in later episodes in the last series.

The Match is a reality TV show on Sky One in which a group of celebrities form a football team to compete against a team of former professional footballers. The show begins with a large squad of celebrities who train and live together, all aiming to be selected for "The Match" against the team of legends. The show has also been published in Switzerland in 2006 and 2008 on SF 2.

Wayne Rooney English association football player

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McGuinness' other television work includes his own Chuck Stryker: The Unknown Stuntman on E4 which he wrote and starred in opposite Jonathan Wrather and a few other familiar faces.

E4 is a British free-to-air television channel headquartered in London, United Kingdom owned by Channel Four Television Corporation. The "E" stands for entertainment, and the channel is mainly aimed at the 16–34 age group. Programming includes US imports such as Brooklyn Nine-Nine, The Goldbergs, The O.C., Smallville, Veronica Mars, Everwood, What About Brian, Desperate Housewives, How I Met Your Mother, 90210, Gotham, Rules of Engagement, The Big Bang Theory, RuPaul's Drag Race, 2 Broke Girls, Scream Queens, Revenge, and previously Friends. Other programming includes homegrown British shows such as Skins, Misfits, The Inbetweeners, Shameless,Hollyoaks, Coach Trip, Celebs Go Dating, Made in Chelsea, and upcoming series Mae & George.

McGuinness presented Stars in Their Cars, a series for the Travel Channel in 2016. [1]

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Rory and Paddy

First airing on 13 August 2008, McGuinness co-starred in a television series with British comedian Rory McGrath, broadcast on Channel 5, Rory and Paddy's Great British Adventure . This was a four-part series in which McGuinness and McGrath embark on a nationwide road-trip, on a mission to explore Britain’s sporting heritage by probing the hidden life of its towns and villages. [2] The series focuses on arcane sports, such as cheese rolling. [3] A second series began on 20 September 2010 on Channel 5.

Rory McGrath English comedian

Patrick Rory McGrath, known as Rory McGrath, is a British comedian, television personality, and writer. He came to prominence in the comedy show Who Dares Wins and was for many years a regular panelist on the game show They Think It's All Over. He acted in the sitcom Chelmsford 123 and appeared in the ITV reality show Sugar Free Farm.

Channel 5 is a British free-to-air television network. It was launched in 1997, and was the fifth national terrestrial analogue network in the United Kingdom after BBC One, BBC Two, ITV, and Channel 4. It is generally the fifth-placed network in the country in audience share, and has been since its inception.

<i>Rory and Paddys Great British Adventure</i> television series

Rory and Paddy's Great British Adventure is a television documentary series presented by comedians Rory McGrath and Paddy McGuinness. The series was broadcast on Five between 13 August and 3 September 2008. The series follows McGrath and McGuinness travelling around Great Britain, taking part in "strange but quintessentially British sporting events". Examples of sports that appeared in the series include cheese rolling, pie eating, bog snorkelling, Eton Fives and Egg Throwing. A second series, Rory and Paddy's Even Greater British Adventure, began on 20 September 2010 and ended on 18 October 2010.

Channel 4

On 29 November 2006, McGuinness guest hosted The Paul O'Grady Show while O'Grady took the week off. He presented the entertainment series Hotel GB in 2012, however the show was later cancelled. On 18 January 2013, McGuinness presented Paddy's TV Guide , consisting of eight episodes. In October 2014 McGuinness narrated the three-part charity series Stars at Your Service for Channel 4. In 2015, he presented the Channel 4 daytime game show series Benchmark for 30 episodes as well as five celebrity editions. [4]

<i>The Paul OGrady Show</i> British comedy chat show

The Paul O'Grady Show is a British comedy chat show presented by comedian Paul O'Grady, first shown on 11 October 2004. The programme is a teatime chat show consisting of a mixture of celebrity guests, comic stunts, musical performances, and occasionally viewer competitions.

<i>Hotel GB</i> television series

Hotel GB is a British reality television series broadcast on Channel 4 airing for five consecutive nights in October 2012. Presented by Paddy McGuinness live from Hotel GB, the show's stars take on a one-week challenge, helping unemployed young people find work. It was axed on 1 April 2013 due to poor ratings.

<i>Paddys TV Guide</i> British television comedy series

Paddy's TV Guide is a British television comedy series created, written and presented by Paddy McGuinness, and broadcast on Channel 4 from 18 January to 8 March 2013. Paddy presents the show from Granada Studios in Manchester, where he guides viewers through the good, bad and ugly world of television, including some TV gold from his archives. The show also features Paddy's brother Tony as "Terry".


In 2007, McGuinness presented Raiders of the Lost Archive, where he and his guests watched TV shows they had appeared in years ago, which they had previously thought were lost. Since 2010, McGuinness has hosted the ITV dating show Take Me Out .

He guest presented a number of episodes of This Morning in July 2010, a role to which he returned in 2011. He hosted the second series of 71 Degrees North with Charlotte Jackson in 2011. On 29 December 2012, he hosted a one-off special Paddy's Show and Telly . The show returned for a second special, which aired on 22 December 2013.

McGuinness hosted the comedy panel show Mad Mad World for seven episodes in the summer of 2012. Two episodes were recorded but never aired. McGuinness was one of the presenters of Christmas telethon Text Santa . In 2012 and 2013, McGuinness co-hosted one hour of the telethon with Christine Bleakley, although Alesha Dixon was his co-presenter for the 2014 appeal.

In 2013, McGuinness co-presented talent show series Your Face Sounds Familiar with Alesha Dixon. In 2014, McGuinness co-hosted the Saturday night game show Amazing Greys alongside Angela Rippon. [5] In 2015, he regularly starred in the ITV2 comedy show The Keith Lemon Sketch Show .

McGuinness played the role of police officer Ian in the ITV comedy The Delivery Man , beginning in April 2015. [6] [7] In 2015, McGuinness guest starred in six episodes of Coronation Street , playing the role of Dougie Ryan. The episodes were shown in August. [8] On Christmas Eve in 2015 he presented one-off ITV special, The ABBA Christmas Party [9]

He starred in the ITV comedy series The Keith & Paddy Picture Show with Keith Lemon in 2017. [10] It returned for a second series in April 2018. In January 2018, McGuinness presented The Greatest TV Moments of All Time, a one-off special for ITV.

McGuinness has appeared as a panellist on numerous episodes of Keith Lemon's shows Celebrity Juice and Through the Keyhole . In 2019, he replaced Fearne Cotton as team captain on the former show. [11]


In 2017, McGuinness presented two episodes of Even Better Than the Real Thing on BBC One. [12] McGuinness presented Paddy McGuinness' Sport Relief Warm-Up and was one of the presenters for the 2018 Sport Relief show. He provided the voiceover for the BBC series Ready or Not in 2018.

On 22 October 2018, it was announced that McGuinness would be presenting series 27 of Top Gear. [13]


McGuinness had his own radio show on Bauer City 1 stations across the North of England on Sunday mornings from 9 am until 12 noon. [14] Paddy's show ran from 2014 until 2017. [15]


In 2005 and 2006, McGuinness toured the UK, performing 108 shows. Paddy McGuinness: The Dark Side Tour was his first solo stand-up tour. While on tour, he reprised his role of Lord Love Rocket from the award-winning comedy Phoenix Nights. From 21 August to 11 December 2008, McGuinness was involved in a second tour – known as the Paddy McGuinness Plus You! Live – which included 76 scheduled dates around the UK and Ireland. [16] The Plus You! Tour featured McGuinness, along with other variety acts that were chosen by him, through a competition that ran on his official website, hence the title of Plus You!

In 2011, he went on his third stand-up tour, called Paddy McGuinness: Saturday Night Live Tour.

In January 2015, he announced that he would be touring across 2015 and 2016 with the "Daddy McGuinness" tour throughout the UK. [17] The tour opened in Scunthorpe on 28 September 2015 and the final date was at the Hammersmith Apollo in London on 27 February 2016.

Other work

From 12 to 27 November 2010, McGuinness starred in the adult pantomime Panto's on Strike at the Opera House, Manchester with Robbie Williams and Jonathan Wilkes. [18] On 17 November 2010, he starred in a UK TV advertising campaign for Victor Chandler, a British bookmaker. In 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016 and 2018, McGuinness took part in the charity football match Soccer Aid, which raises money for Unicef. The match is aired live on ITV.

In 2012, McGuinness played Gary in Keith Lemon: The Film . In 2013, McGuinness joined Pizza Hut as their brand ambassador. [19]

In 2017 McGuinness joined Jackpot Joy as their brand ambassador, taking over from Dame Barbara Windsor.

Personal life

McGuinness was born in Farnworth, Lancashire, to Irish parents from County Tipperary,[ citation needed ] and attended Mount St Joseph High School. [20] It was from his school days in Farnworth that McGuinness formed his close relationship with Peter Kay [21]

He married Christine Martin on 4 June 2011. The couple have three children; twins Penelope and Leo (b. 2013) and Felicity (b. 2016). During an appearance on The Jonathan Ross Show , McGuinness described fatherhood as "the most fantastic thing ever". [22]

In 2017, it was revealed that Penelope and Leo had been diagnosed with autism. [23] In June 2018, aged just 44, McGuinness revealed that he had arthritis. [24]


1998 Comedy Lab Pump Attendant Terry1 episode
2000Peter Kay: Live at the Top of the TowerGuest appearance
That Peter Kay Thing Paddy O'Shea1 episode
2000–2001 Phoenix Nights 2 series
2004 Max & Paddy's Road to Nowhere 1 series
2005Comic Relief: Red Nose Night Live 05
2005Max & Paddy's The Power of Two
2006 Sport Relief 2006
2006Inside Wayne RooneyPresenter1 episode
2006 The New Paul O'Grady Show Guest presenter
2007Raiders of the Lost ArchivePresenter
2008 Keith Lemon's Very Brilliant World Tour Cousin Gary1 series
2008–2010 Rory and Paddy's Great British Adventure Co-presenter2 series
2010–2011 This Morning Stand-in presenter8 episodes
2010–present Take Me Out Presenter10 series
2011 71 Degrees North Co-presenter1 series
2011–2012 Paddy's Show & Telly Presenter2 specials
2012–2014The Greatest Footie Ads...EverPresenter2 specials
2012 Mad Mad World Presenter1 series
2012 Hotel GB Presenter1 series
2012–2015 Text Santa Co-presenter4 episodes
2013 The Security Men PC ClarkeOne-off episode
2013 Paddy's TV Guide Presenter1 series
2013 Your Face Sounds Familiar Co-presenter1 series
2014 Amazing Greys Co-presenter1 series
2014 Stars at Your Service for SU2C Narrator
2015–2016 The Keith Lemon Sketch Show Regular contributor2 series
2015 The Delivery Man Ian1 series
2015 Benchmark Presenter1 series
2015 Coronation Street Dougie Ryan Guest role; 6 episodes
2015 Keith Lemon's Back T'Future Tribute Biff Tannen One-off TV special
2015 The Abba Christmas Party PresenterOne-off TV special
2016Stars in Their CarsPresenter1 series
2017–2018 The Keith and Paddy Picture Show [25] Co-star2 series
2017Even Better Than the Real ThingPresenter2 specials
2018The Greatest TV Moments of All TimePresenterOne-off TV special
2018 Paddy McGuinness' Sport Relief Warm-Up PresenterOne-off
2018Ready or NotVoiceover1 series
2018–present Sport Relief Co-presenter
2019–present Comic Relief Co-presenter
2019–present Celebrity Juice Team Captain
2019–present Top Gear Co-presenter
2012 Keith Lemon: The Film Gary

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