Paddy McGuinness's first outing on the road to tellydom 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 The Services alongside Peter Kay which aired in 1998.
In 2000 he got the part as Paddy the doorman in That Peter Kay Thing. He appeared in the episode entitled "The Club" which led to the massive spin off series Phoenix Nights and Phoenix Nights Series 2.
Paddy then went on to co-write with Peter Kay, the eagerly anticipated spin off to Phoenix Nights: Max and Paddy: The Road To Nowhere. This followed the adventures of the two Phoenix doormen (Max and Paddy) and what they got up to on their travels around the country.
In 2006 he wrote his first solo comedy short The Unknown Stuntman which he also starred in and was also a popular guest presenter on the Paul O’Grady Show.
In 2007, Paddy presented Raiders of the Lost Archive on ITV1, a show in which he and his guests (including Bruce Forsyth, Chris Tarrant and Michael Parkinson) watched TV shows they had appeared in years ago, which they had previously thought lost. Paddy was the face and writer of the Greggs’ TV commercials for two years.
His next venture included a Christmas DVD (Paddy McGuinness: All-Star Balls Ups) containing footballing gaffs and howlers, featuring guest appearances by Chris Kamara, Paul Merson, Graham Taylor, Alan McInally, Ian Rush, Jason McAteer, John Aldridge, Mark Lawrenson and Phil Thompson. It went straight to No1 in the sports DVD chart.
Paddy has filmed two series of Rory and Paddy’s Great British Adventure with Rory McGrath for Channel 5, which saw them travel the length and breadth of the UK in a small camper van, taking part in a whole host of unusual but quintessentially British events.
He appeared with Leigh Francis' alter ego Keith Lemon as runners up in the final for Let’s Dance For Comic Relief dancing to (I've Had) The Time of My Life.
Paddy hosts the hugely popular ITV1 Saturday night prime time dating show Take Me Out – which has seen Paddy firmly establish himself as mainstream primetime TV talent.
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