33 Facts About Peter Kay

1.

Peter John Kay was born on 2 July 1973 and is an English actor, comedy writer and stand-up comedian.

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2.

Peter Kay has written, produced and acted in several television and film projects, and authored three books.

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3.

Peter Kay began working part-time as a stand-up comedian, winning the North West Comedian of the Year award.

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4.

In 2008 Peter Kay co-wrote and starred in Britain's Got the Pop Factor.

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5.

Peter Kay co-wrote and starred in Peter Kay's Car Share, a sitcom screened by the BBC for three series from 2015 to 2018.

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6.

In 2016 Peter Kay won the BAFTA TV Award for Best Male Comedy Performance, the BAFTA TV Award for Best Scripted Comedy and the National Television Award for Best Comedy for.

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7.

Peter Kay received an honorary doctorate from the University of Salford.

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8.

Peter Kay was born and brought up in the Farnworth area of Bolton, Lancashire, where he attended Mount Saint Joseph School, leaving with one GCSE in art.

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9.

Peter Kay's father, Michael, was an engineer who died just before Peter's career took off.

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10.

Peter Kay's mother, Deirdre, is an Irish Catholic originally from Coalisland, County Tyrone, and Peter was brought up in her faith.

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11.

Peter Kay took several minor jobs, including working in a toilet roll factory, a Netto supermarket, Manchester Arena, a cash and carry, a cinema, a petrol station and a bingo hall, which later inspired episodes for That Peter Kay Thing.

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12.

Peter Kay began a degree course at the University of Liverpool in Drama, Theatre Studies and English Literature.

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13.

In recognition of his contribution to the entertainment industry, Peter Kay went on to receive an Honorary Doctor of Arts degree from his alma mater on 19 July 2016, at Salford's Lowry Theatre.

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14.

In 1998 Peter Kay appeared in a series of sketches for Granada TV's "Last Last Show" and "Roy Mills Films of Fun", where he made his TV debut as a character comedy actor and did a stand-up set.

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15.

Peter Kay appeared in the first episode of the 2002 series of Linda Green, playing a pizza delivery man who ended up being something of a soulmate to the eponymous heroine.

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16.

In 2004, Peter Kay followed the success with Max and Paddy's Road to Nowhere, a spin-off of Phoenix Nights.

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17.

In 2005, Peter Kay was awarded a Rose d'Or at the international television festival in Montreux for Best Performance by an Actor.

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18.

Peter Kay won his second Royal Television Society award for best actor for playing Geraldine McQueen, a transgender dinner lady from Ireland.

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19.

In 2007, Peter Kay followed up the success of Amarillo" with a cover version of "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)", originally by the Proclaimers, for Comic Relief.

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20.

In 2009, Peter Kay released "The Official BBC Children in Need Medley", an animation featuring over 100 characters including Thomas the Tank Engine, Bob the Builder and Paddington Bear.

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21.

Peter Kay returned his support to Comic Relief in March 2011 with a cover version of "I Know Him So Well", re-recorded by singer Susan Boyle and Peter Kay in the guise of Geraldine McQueen from Britain's Got the Pop Factor.

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22.

In February 2007, Peter Kay played director Roger DeBris in the Mel Brooks musical The Producers at Manchester's Palace Theatre for 120 shows.

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23.

On 9 September 2017, Peter Kay took part in the "We Are Manchester" benefit concert to mark the reopening of Manchester Arena following the terrorist attack in May 2017.

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24.

Peter Kay gave a speech to the crowd before introducing the concert's headline act Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds.

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25.

On 2 January 2021, Peter Kay was a guest on BBC Radio 2's Saturday morning show, with Cat Deeley hosting this 10am to 1pm programme as Graham Norton had now left the slot.

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26.

Peter Kay was last on the bill and won the competition, beating Johnny Vegas.

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27.

In November 2009, after an absence of seven years, Peter Kay announced a return to stand-up with four dates at the Manchester Arena the following April with a show entitled The Tour That Doesn't Tour Tour.

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28.

Peter Kay's tour received minor criticism in the press when his disabled fans were hit with bills of up to £39 on premium phone lines booking tour tickets.

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29.

Peter Kay was included in the Independent on Sunday's "Happy List" in 2009 as "simply Britain's best comedian", and – as an exception to their general rule – was included again in 2010 for raising funds for Children in Need.

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30.

In November 2017, Peter Kay announced his intention to return to stand-up with his first tour in eight years.

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31.

Peter Kay Live: Have Gags, Will Travel was scheduled to begin touring in 2018, beginning with the Genting Arena in April before touring at venues such as SSE Hydro, Manchester Arena, The O2 Arena, First Direct Arena, SSE Arena Belfast, Sheffield Arena and Echo Arena Liverpool.

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32.

On 13 December 2017, Kay announced that he was cancelling all future work projects for family reasons.

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33.

Peter Kay had asked that the media respect his and his family's privacy.

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