Paddy McGuinness

Paddy McGuinness

Take Me Out, Phoenix Nights


The former fitness instructor got his break on Peter Kay’s Phoenix Nights. He’s now in charge of ITV dating on Take Me Out and touring with Daddy McGuinness.


Paddy McGuinness is best known as one half of Max and Paddy, the incompetent doormen from Peter Kay’s Phoenix Nights, and more recently as the host of ITV dating show Take Me Out.

Paddy’s first outing on the road to startdom was in a series of six one off episodes in Channel 4's The Comedy Lab. He appeared as Terry, a work-shy employee in Peter Kay's The Services. He returned with Peter soon after with the part as Paddy the doorman in That Peter Kay Thing. He appeared in the episode entitled The Club which led to the hugely popular spin off series Phoenix Nights.

Not taking acting or comedy too seriously Patrick returned to his job as a fitness instructor after the first series of Phoenix Nights. It was only when friend Peter Kay persuaded him to leave his job and give showbiz a go that Paddy left the gym behind and started work on the second series of Phoenix Nights and begin a successful TV career.

Patrick co-wrote with Peter the series Max and Paddy: The Road To Nowhere - the adventures of the two Phoenix doormen as they travelled around the country in a camper van. From there Paddy also took to the live stage with a number of standup tours. He hosted sports-related programmes on Sky, and stood in for Paul O'Grady on his ITV chatshow. Since then he’s become a regular and popular fixture on television with guest appearances on chat and panel shows, and hosting the ITV cult hit Take Me Out.

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