Paddy McGuinness

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Paddy McGuinness
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Born Patrick Joseph McGuinness
(1973-08-14) 14 August 1973 (age 42)
Farnworth, Lancashire, England
Nationality British
  • Comedian
  • presenter
  • actor
Years active 1997–present
Employer Channel 4, ITV, Bauer Radio
Television That Peter Kay Thing (2000)
Take Me Out (2010—)
71 Degrees North (2011)
Text Santa (2012—)
Your Face Sounds Familiar (2013)
Amazing Greys (2014)
The Delivery Man (2015)
Benchmark (2015)
Coronation Street (2015)
Spouse(s) Christine Martin (m. 2011)
Children 2

Patrick Joseph "Paddy" McGuinness (born 14 August 1973) is an English comedian, comedy actor, television personality and presenter, best known for his roles within ITV and Channel 4, presenting game shows such as Take Me Out and Benchmark.

McGuinness is also well known for his work with Peter Kay, who knew him when he was younger and invited him to appear in his programmes That Peter Kay Thing, Phoenix Nights and Max and Paddy's Road to Nowhere, which led to the start of a successful career on Channel 4 and ITV.



McGuinness made his television debut in 1997 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.

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.

Rory and Paddy[edit]

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 is 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.[1] The series focuses on arcane sports, such as cheese rolling.[2] A second series began on 20 September 2010 on Channel 5.

Channel 4[edit]

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.[3]


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 is one of six 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.[4] 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.[5][6] In 2015, McGuinness guest starred in six episodes of Coronation Street, playing the role of Dougie Ryan. The episodes were shown in August.[7]


In 2012, McGuinness played Gary in Keith Lemon: The Film.


McGuinness has his own radio show on Bauer City 1 on Sunday mornings from 9am until 12noon.[8] He joined the station in 2014.[9]


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 through 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 United Kingdom and Ireland.[10] 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. The tour is due to open in Scunthorpe on 28 September 2015 and the final date will be at the Hammersmith Apollo in London on 27 February 2016.

Other work[edit]

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.[11] On 17 November 2010, he starred in a UK TV advertising campaign for Victor Chandler, a British bookmaker. In 2010, 2012 and 2014, McGuinness took part in the charity football match Soccer Aid, which raised money for Unicef on ITV.

In 2013, McGuinness joined Pizza Hut as their brand ambassador.[12]

Personal life[edit]

McGuinness was born in Farnworth, Lancashire to Irish parents, and attended Mount St Joseph High School.[13]

He married Christine Martin on 4 June 2011. On 10 January 2013, McGuinness publicly announced that he and his wife were expecting twins in the summer.[14][15] During an appearance on The Jonathan Ross Show, McGuinness described fatherhood as "the most fantastic thing ever".[16]


Year Title Role Notes
1997 God's Gift Contestant 1 episode
1998 Comedy Lab Pump Attendant Terry 1 episode
2000 Peter Kay: Live at the Top of the Tower Guest appearance
That Peter Kay Thing Paddy 1 episode
2000–2001 Phoenix Nights Paddy
2004 Max & Paddy's Road to Nowhere Paddy O'Shea
2005 Comic Relief: Red Nose Night Live 05 Paddy
Max & Paddy's The Power of Two Paddy
2006 Sport Relief 2006 Paddy O'Shea
Inside Wayne Rooney Presenter
The New Paul O'Grady Show Guest presenter 1 episode
2007 Raiders of the Lost Archive Presenter
2008, 2010 Rory and Paddy's Great British Adventure Co-presenter
2010, 2011 This Morning Stand-in Presenter 8 episodes
2010— Take Me Out Presenter 7 series (71 episodes)
2011 71 Degrees North Co-presenter 1 series (8 episodes)
2011, 2012 Paddy's Show & Telly Presenter 2 episodes
2012, 2014 The Greatest Footie Ads...Ever Presenter 2 episodes
2012 Mad Mad World Presenter 1 series (7 episodes)
Hotel GB Presenter 1 series (5 episodes)
2012— Text Santa Co-presenter 3 episodes
2013 The Security Men PC Clarke One-off episode
Paddy's TV Guide Presenter 1 series (8 episodes)
Your Face Sounds Familiar Co-presenter 1 series (6 episodes)
2014 Amazing Greys Co-presenter 1 series (6 episodes)
Stars at Your Service Narrator 1 series (3 episodes)
2015 The Keith Lemon Sketch Show Himself, regular contributor 1 series (6 episodes)
The Delivery Man Ian 1 series (6 episodes)
Benchmark Presenter 1 series (35 episodes)
Coronation Street Dougie Ryan Guest role; 6 episodes
Keith Lemon's Back T'Future Tribute Biff Tannen One-off TV special
Guest appearances

McGuinness has appeared as a panellist in nine episodes of Keith Lemon's ITV2 show Celebrity Juice.

Year Title Role Notes
2012 Keith Lemon: The Film Gary

Stand-up DVDs[edit]

  • Live (6 November 2006)
  • Plus You! Live (17 November 2008)
  • Live 2011 (21 November 2011)


  1. ^ Rory & Paddy's Great British Adventure. Channel Five.
  2. ^ "Rory & Paddy's Great British Adventure - Episode 1", Channel Five; accessed 13 September 2015.
  3. ^ "Paddy McGuinness to front new daytime gameshow on Channel 4". Digital Spy. Retrieved 13 September 2015. 
  4. ^ "Amazing Greys". presscentre. 
  5. ^ "The Delivery Man". presscentre. 
  6. ^ "Paddy McGuinness joins ITV sitcom The Delivery Man". Digital Spy. Retrieved 13 September 2015. 
  7. ^ "Paddy McGuinness lands guest role in Corrie". presscentre. Retrieved 13 September 2015. 
  8. ^ "Djs Paddy Sunday Dinner". CFM. 
  9. ^ "Paddy McGuinness joins Bauer Radio for Sunday morning show". 
  10. ^ Plus You! Live Info.; accessed 13 September 2015.
  11. ^ Review: Panto's On Strike Opera House, Manchester.
  12. ^ Nissim, Mayer. "'Take Me Out' host Paddy McGuinness joins Pizza Hut as brand ambassador". Digital Spy. 
  13. ^ Neil Robertson. "Paddy McGuinness visits his former school in Farnworth". The Bolton News. 
  14. ^ "Take Me Out on Twitter". Twitter. 
  15. ^ "The Sun". 
  16. ^ Martin, Liam. "Paddy McGuinness on fatherhood: 'It's the most fantastic thing ever'". Digital Spy. 
  17. ^ "Through The Keyhole". presscentre. 

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