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Overview (2)

Born in Bolton, Lancashire, England, UK
Height 5' 8½" (1.74 m)

Mini Bio (2)

He was taught metal work at school by the actor Steve Coogan's dad, and like Coogan he was an altar boy. He proposed to his wife Susan on one knee outside 'Andy's Records', because it was the first place where they kissed. He's worked everywhere, in a factory packing toilet rolls, in a supermarket, in a video shop, at a bingo hall, at a cash and carry, as a mobile disc jockey and at a garage for six years in between all the other jobs. He claims he lied to get into college, he told them he'd two 'A' Levels and five GCSEs and apparently they never checked up.

He won the 1997 So You Think You're Funny contest at Edinburgh and the North West Comedian of the Year award. In 1998 Peter took his own hour-long show to the Edinburgh Fringe and was nominated for the Perrier Award. Peter actually has a qualification in stand up, which he got as part of his Btec in Media Performance Studies. His childhood ambition was to be a bin man.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Anonymous

Peter Kay has achieved national popularity since he first won the North West Comedian of the Year in 1996. He's since won four British Comedy Awards (including writer of the year), four Royal Television Society Awards, the coveted Rose D'Or at the International Television Festival at Montreux, a prestigious BAFTA/LA Award for his 2009 television special Britain's Got The Pop Factor. An NTA, two BAFTA's and a Broadcast Award for his Car Share series.

He also wrote, directed and starred in That Peter Kay Thing, Max & Paddy's Road to Nowhere and two series of the BAFTA-winning Phoenix Nights. Other television work includes programmes as diverse as Coronation Street, Dr Who, Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, Cradle to the Grave and also fronted the hugely successful John Smith's bitter campaign.

Peter is also regarded as one of the UK's most prolific stand-up comedians and his Mum Wants A Bungalow tour still holds the record as the biggest-selling British stand up DVD of all time.

In 2005 he masterminded the Comic Relief video to (Is This The Way To) Amarillo which went on to become the biggest selling song of the year, staying at number one in the charts for seven weeks and raising over £2millon for the charity. Two years later he repeated the success when his video star studded video to (I'm Gonna Be) 500 Miles also soared to the top of the UK singles chart. In 2015 he brought back Phoenix Nights for a series of live performances for Comic Relief. In 2016 he toured the UK with Peter Kay's Dance For Life in aid of Cancer Research.

His self penned autobiography The Sound of Laughter sold over one million copies in the first three months of release and now ranks as the biggest selling British hardback autobiography of all time.

He was born, raised and still lives in his beloved home town of Bolton where he enjoys hot baths with Simon & Garfunkel

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Anonymous

Spouse (1)

Susan Gargan (2001 - present) ( 1 child)

Trade Mark (4)

Regularly incorporates fictional radio station "Chorley FM" into most of his projects
Has a tendency to play several characters simultaneously in one show
Chorley FM is a real radio station. He's sponsored by them, plus i'm from Chorley, it's definitely a radio station
Often wears a purple or dark blue shirt.

Trivia (8)

Son, Charlie Michael Kay born on 12 January 2004.
Attended Mount St Joseph School in Bolton, Lancashire
His mother hails from County Tyrone, Northern Ireland.
He attended the University of Salford on a Higher National Diploma in Media and Performance in the mid-90s
Found his way to the top of the UK music singles chart in March 2005 after spending less than two weeks promoting Tony Christie's standard "Is This The Way To Amarillo?", as used in an episode of "Phoenix Nights" and his "Live at the M.E.N Arena" show.
He worked at the Manchester Evening News Arena in 1996 as a steward. His experiences there were the bases for the episode The Arena which followed a steward around on their first day of work. The episode belongs to the series That Peter Kay Thing
In spite of fronting a number of adverts for beer on British TV he is actually teetotal
Became teetotal after alcoholic father John Kay died suddenly aged c. 59, in April 1999. Peter declared the death on his father's certificate.

Personal Quotes (4)

Being a comedian is the only job I've ever managed to keep for a long period of time. In all my other jobs after a while it got to the point where it was like I wasn't there. Hey I bet my former bosses are sat right now saying, "You're damn right you wasn't there, that's why you're not there now!" but I guess I never settled because I wasn't meant to pack toilet rolls or stack shelves, I was destined to make people laugh.
My best job before being a stand-up would have to be when I was usher at my local cinema in Bolton, I got to see all the movies for free, got free sweets and I told people endings of films as they were going in, like "I didn't know Al Pacino was in Ghost (1990)", the bad thing was I had to go on a course to learn how to thread ticket stubs on a needle and thread.
[on Car Share (2015)] We did spend a lot of time selecting the music, probably more than writing!
I think sometimes you've got to just leave things. You need good ideas - that's the problem. You need good strong stories. A lot of series tend to go on for one series too many, especially with comedies, and I think people say 'ooh, it's gone off, that'.

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