Paddy Doherty (TV personality)

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Paddy Doherty
Born Patrick Doherty
(1959-02-06) 6 February 1959 (age 58)
Manchester, England[1]
Nationality Irish
Occupation TV Personality
Years active 2009–present
Television Danny Dyer's Deadliest Men
Big Fat Gypsy Weddings (2010–15)
Celebrity Big Brother
When Paddy Met Sally
Celebrity Bainisteoir
Spouse(s) Roseanne
Children 10

Patrick "Paddy" Doherty (born 6 February 1959) is an Irish 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.


My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding[edit]

Doherty was one of the Irish Travellers interviewed for the documentary My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding.

Celebrity Big Brother[edit]

On 18 August 2011, Doherty was the third person to enter the Celebrity Big Brother 8 house.[2] He made it to the final and was crowned the winner, beating Kerry Katona.[3]

Talk shows[edit]

Doherty made an appearance on The Late Late Show in September 2011.[4] 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.[5]

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.[6]

Gypsy Kids: Our Secret World

In 2016 Paddy appeared in this Channel 5 series all about Traveller life from the childrens perspective. Considered a sympathetic documentary, Paddy talked about the importance of staying on in education for his community.

He appeared on This Morning alongside his granddaughter, 8 year old Margaret, to debate this issue and swore on live television, forcing Eamonn Holmes to make an apology as Paddy was the second guest to swear that morning.


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  2. ^ "Big Brother Profile". Big Brother. Channel Five. 18 August 2011. Retrieved 1 September 2011. 
  3. ^ "Paddy Doherty wins Celebrity Big Brother 2011 final". Daily Mirror. 8 September 2011. Retrieved 8 September 2011. 
  4. ^ RTÉ News  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 19 October 2012. Retrieved 2011-09-24. 
  6. ^ "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