Paddy Doherty (TV personality)

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Paddy Doherty
Born Patrick Doherty
(1959-02-06) 6 February 1959 (age 56)
Manchester, England[1]
Ethnicity Irish Traveller
Occupation Irish Traveller, TV Personality
Years active 2010–present
Employer Channel 4 / Channel 5
Television Danny Dyer's Deadliest Men Big Fat Gypsy Weddings (2010–)
Celebrity Big Brother
When Paddy Met Sally
Religion Roman Catholic
Spouse(s) Roseanne (m. 21 August 1977–present)[2][3]
Children 5

Patrick "Paddy" Doherty (born 6 February 1959) is an Irish Traveller and a former bare-knuckle boxer. He is best known as one of the interviewed 'Irish Travellers' in My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding and as one of Danny Dyer's Deadliest Men. He won Celebrity Big Brother 8. He appeared in When Paddy Met Sally in January 2012 and on Celebrity Bainisteoir later that year.


Bare-knuckle fighting[edit]

Doherty's original career was a bare-knuckle fighter. A video was uploaded to YouTube depicting him in a fight with Johnny Joyce, Johnny and his brother Dougie 'jumped' him in the street. Joyce bit Doherty off camera and removed a portion of his ear.

My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding[edit]

Doherty was one of the Irish Travellers interviewed for the documentary My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding. However, Doherty became one of the Travellers who criticised the producers of the show, claiming that they were exploiting his and others' way of life. While testifying against his cousin in a court case he stated his toughness portrayed in the show was just an act.[4]

Celebrity Big Brother[edit]

On 18 August 2011, Doherty was the third person to enter the Celebrity Big Brother 8 house.[5] He made it to the final and was crowned the winner, beating Kerry Katona.[6]

Talk shows[edit]

Doherty made an appearance on The Late Late Show in September 2011.[7] He spoke about his experience on Big Brother, and his unexpected victory. He also spoke about his personal life and the loss of his son, Patrick. Before that, Doherty appeared on ITV's This Morning.[8]

When Paddy Met Sally[edit]

In January 2012, Doherty appeared in a two-part Channel 5 documentary with his former Big Brother housemate Sally Bercow, wife of the Speaker of the House of Commons. Bercow moved into Doherty's chalet on his Queensferry travellers' site, living by his rules in episode one and hers in episode two. When Paddy Met Sally aired at 10pm on Monday 9 and Monday 16 January.

Celebrity Bainisteoir[edit]

In 2012, Doherty appeared on Celebrity Bainisteoir.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Doherty lives in Queensferry, Flintshire and is often seen on his horse riding around Deeside Industrial Estate and heading towards Flint and Chester. He has been married to his wife Roseanne for 35 years. He has five children and fifteen grandchildren.[5]


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  2. ^ Patrick, Guy. The Sun (London)  Missing or empty |title= (help)
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  4. ^ "My gypsy hardman image is a big fat LIE, former fighter tells court". London: Daily Mail. 17 February 2011. Retrieved 1 September 2011. 
  5. ^ a b "Big Brother Profile". Big Brother. Channel Five. 18 August 2011. Retrieved 1 September 2011. 
  6. ^ "Paddy Doherty wins Celebrity Big Brother 2011 final". Daily Mirror. 8 September 2011. Retrieved 8 September 2011. 
  7. ^ RTÉ News  Missing or empty |title= (help)
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  9. ^ "Rozanna Purcell takes charge of Tipp team for Celebrity Bainisteoir". Irish Independent (Independent News & Media). 24 July 2012. Retrieved 24 July 2012. Rozanna joins model Pippa O'Connor who will coach Naomh Brid from Ballintra, Co. Donegal while her husband, presenter Brian Ormand, will manage St. Mary's from Rochfortbridge in Co. Westmeath. X Factor star Mary Byrne is coaching a team from Tullow, Co Carlow and reality TV stars Calum Best and Paddy Doherty are also set to join the programme. 
Preceded by
Alex Reid
Celebrity Big Brother UK Winner
Series 8 (2011)
Succeeded by
Denise Welch