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Paddy McGuinness

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Paddy McGuinness
Paddy McGuinness.jpg
McGuinness in 2008
Patrick Joseph McGuinness

(1973-08-14) 14 August 1973 (age 47)
  • Comedian
  • presenter
  • actor
Years active1995–present
Christine Martin
(m. 2011)

Patrick Joseph McGuinness (born 14 August 1973) is an English comedian, actor and television presenter. McGuinness rose to fame with the help of Peter Kay, who invited him to appear in his programmes That Peter Kay Thing, Phoenix Nights and Max and Paddy's Road to Nowhere. He is best known for his roles within Channel 4, ITV and the BBC presenting game shows such as Take Me Out as well as, since 2019, being one of the three hosts of BBC's Top Gear.

Early life and education

McGuinness was born in Farnworth, Lancashire, to Irish parents from County Tipperary,[citation needed] and attended Mount St Joseph High School.[1] It was from his school days in Farnworth that McGuinness formed his close relationship with Peter Kay.[2]



McGuinness made his television debut in 1995 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 the 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.

McGuinness presented Stars in Their Cars, a series for the Travel Channel in 2016.[3]

Rory and Paddy

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 was 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".[4] The series focuses on arcane sports, such as cheese rolling.[5] A second series began on 20 September 2010 on Channel 5.

Channel 4

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.[6]


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. From 2010 until 2019, McGuinness 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 summer 2012. Two episodes were recorded but never aired. McGuinness was one of the 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.[7] In 2015, he regularly starred in the ITV2 comedy show The Keith Lemon Sketch Show.

McGuinness played the role of policeman Ian in the ITV comedy The Delivery Man, beginning in April 2015.[8][9] In 2015, McGuinness guest starred in six episodes of Coronation Street, playing the role of Dougie Ryan. The episodes were shown in August.[10] On Christmas Eve in 2015 he presented one-off ITV special, The ABBA Christmas Party[11]

He starred in the ITV comedy series The Keith & Paddy Picture Show with Keith Lemon in 2017.[12] It returned for a second series in April 2018. In January 2018, McGuinness presented The Greatest TV Moments of All Time, a one-off special for ITV.

McGuinness has appeared as a panellist on numerous episodes of Keith Lemon's shows Celebrity Juice and Through the Keyhole. In 2019, he replaced Fearne Cotton as team captain on the former show.[13] He left after one series due to other work commitments.


In 2017, McGuinness presented two episodes of Even Better Than the Real Thing on BBC One.[14] McGuinness presented Paddy McGuinness' Sport Relief Warm-Up and was one of the presenters for the 2018 Sport Relief show. He provided the voiceover for the BBC series Ready or Not in 2018.

On 22 October 2018, it was announced that McGuinness would be co-presenting series 27 of Top Gear.[15]

In May 2020, it was announced that Top Gear presenters Freddie Flintoff and Paddy McGuinness would host a six-episode best-of series, featuring the presenters narrating classic episodes of the show, called Total Wipeout: Freddie and Paddy Takeover.[16] The first episode aired on 8 August 2020 and received negative reviews.[17]


McGuinness had his own radio show on Bauer City 1 stations across the North of England on Sunday mornings from 9 am until 12 noon.[18] Paddy's show ran from 2014 until 2017.[19]


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 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 UK and Ireland.[20] 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.[21] The tour opened in Scunthorpe on 28 September 2015 and the final date was at the Hammersmith Apollo in London on 27 February 2016.

Other work

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.[22] On 17 November 2010, he starred in a UK TV advertising campaign for Victor Chandler, a British bookmaker. In 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016 and 2018, McGuinness took part in the charity football match Soccer Aid, which raises money for Unicef. The match is aired live on ITV.

In 2012, McGuinness played Gary in Keith Lemon: The Film. In 2013, McGuinness joined Pizza Hut as their brand ambassador.[23]

In 2017, McGuinness joined Jackpot Joy as their brand ambassador, taking over from Dame Barbara Windsor.

Personal life

He married Christine Martin on 4 June 2011. The couple have three children; twins Penelope and Leo (b. 2013) and Felicity (b. 2016). During an appearance on The Jonathan Ross Show, McGuinness described fatherhood as "the most fantastic thing ever".[24]

In 2017, it was revealed that twins Penelope and Leo had been diagnosed with autism.[25] In June 2018, McGuinness revealed that he had been diagnosed with arthritis several years prior, at the age of 44.[26]


Year Title Role Notes
1998 Comedy Lab: The Services Pump Attendant Terry 1 episode
2000 Peter Kay: Live at the Top of the Tower Guest appearance
That Peter Kay Thing Paddy O'Shea 1 episode
2000–2001 Phoenix Nights 2 series
2004 Max & Paddy's Road to Nowhere 1 series
2005 Comic Relief: Red Nose Night Live 05
Max & Paddy's The Power of Two
2006 Sport Relief 2006
Inside Wayne Rooney Presenter 1 episode
The New Paul O'Grady Show Guest presenter
2007 Raiders of the Lost Archive Presenter
2008 Keith Lemon's Very Brilliant World Tour Cousin Gary 1 series
2008–2010 Rory and Paddy's Great British Adventure Co-presenter 2 series
2010–2011 This Morning Stand-in presenter 8 episodes
2010–2019 Take Me Out Presenter 11 series
2011 71 Degrees North Co-presenter 1 series
2011–2012 Paddy's Show & Telly Presenter 2 specials
2012–2014 The Greatest Footie Ads...Ever
2012 Mad Mad World 1 series
Hotel GB
2012–2015 Text Santa Co-presenter 4 episodes
2013 The Security Men PC Clarke One-off episode
Paddy's TV Guide Presenter 1 series
Your Face Sounds Familiar Co-presenter
2014 Amazing Greys
Stars at Your Service for SU2C Narrator
2015–2016 The Keith Lemon Sketch Show Regular contributor 2 series
2015 The Delivery Man Ian 1 series
Benchmark Presenter
Coronation Street Dougie Ryan Guest role; 6 episodes
Keith Lemon's Back T'Future Tribute Biff Tannen One-off TV special
The Abba Christmas Party Presenter One-off TV special
2016 Stars in Their Cars 1 series
2017–2018 The Keith and Paddy Picture Show[27] Co-star 2 series
2017 Even Better Than the Real Thing Presenter 2 specials
2018 The Greatest TV Moments of All Time One-off TV special
Paddy McGuinness' Sport Relief Warm-Up One-off
Ready or Not Voiceover 1 series
2018–present Sport Relief Co-presenter
2019–present Catchpoint Presenter 2 series
Comic Relief Co-presenter
2019 Celebrity Juice Team Captain Series 21
2019–present Top Gear Co-presenter
2020 The Big Night In Co-presenter
2020 Daisy & Ollie Uncle Tommy 1 episode
2020 Total Wipeout: Freddie and Paddy Takeover Co-narrator 6 episodes
The Big New Year's In Presenter 1 episode[28]
2021 I Can See Your Voice Presenter
Year Title Role Notes
2012 Keith Lemon: The Film Gary

Stand-up DVDs

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


  1. ^ Neil Robertson. "Paddy McGuinness visits his former school in College Farnworth". The Bolton News.
  2. ^ "Peter Kay and Paddy McGuinness invited to nursery where they first met – as toddlers". The Bolton News. Retrieved 20 April 2019.
  3. ^ "Neil Morrissey joins Paddy McGuinness for new TV show". Digital Spy. 6 June 2016.
  4. ^ Rory & Paddy's Great British Adventure Archived 15 September 2008 at the Wayback Machine. Channel Five.
  5. ^ "Rory & Paddy's Great British Adventure – Episode 1" Archived 22 September 2008 at the Wayback Machine, Channel Five; accessed 13 September 2015.
  6. ^ "Paddy McGuinness to front new daytime gameshow on Channel 4". Digital Spy. 11 February 2015. Retrieved 13 September 2015.
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  8. ^ "The Delivery Man". presscentre.
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  10. ^ "Paddy McGuinness lands guest role in Corrie". presscentre. Retrieved 13 September 2015.
  11. ^ Justin Harp (10 December 2015). "Fancy an ABBA Christmas party? Celebrate with Paddy McGuinness, Susan Boyle and Union J in a TV special". Digital Spy.
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  15. ^ "McGuinness and Flintoff join Top Gear". BBC News. 22 October 2018. Retrieved 24 April 2019.
  16. ^ West, Amy (27 May 2020). "Total Wipeout returning with Paddy McGuinness and Andrew Flintoff as hosts". Digital Spy. Retrieved 27 May 2020.
  17. ^ Singh, Anita (8 August 2020). "Total Wipeout: Freddie and Paddy Takeover, review: Top Gear duo's banter was a load of big red balls". The Telegraph. Retrieved 14 August 2020.
  18. ^ "Djs Paddy Sunday Dinner". CFM.
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  20. ^ Plus You! Live Info Archived 5 September 2008 at the Wayback Machine.; accessed 13 September 2015.
  21. ^ "Paddy McGuinness announces stand-up tour". 28 January 2015.
  22. ^ Review: Panto's On Strike Opera House, Manchester.
  23. ^ Nissim, Mayer (14 June 2013). "'Take Me Out' host Paddy McGuinness joins Pizza Hut as brand ambassador". Digital Spy.
  24. ^ Martin, Liam (4 January 2014). "Paddy McGuinness on fatherhood: 'It's the most fantastic thing ever'". Digital Spy.
  25. ^ Phillips, Alison (20 July 2017). "Paddy McGuinness says "finding out our twins were autistic left us stunned"". Daily Mirror.
  26. ^ Gillibrand, Abigail (12 June 2018). "Paddy McGuinness diagnosed with arthritis aged 44". Metro. Retrieved 12 June 2018.
  27. ^ "ITV announces brand new 5-part series starring Keith Lemon and Paddy McGuinness".
  28. ^ "The Big New Year's In". Retrieved 17 December 2020.

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