Peter Kay is a multi-talented British actor cum comedian who garnered fame through his appearance on the comic show That Peter Kay Thing. The comedian came into the limelight in 1997 after he won the Channel 4’s So You Think You’re Funny contest. For his brilliant performance, Peter earned a Perrier Award nomination at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. His stand-up comedy special was inaugurated into the Guinness World Records as the most successful stand-up comedy tour of all time. Peter has equally received other accolades for his impact in the comic world. Learn more about Kay below.
Peter Kay’s Biography
The comic star was born as Peter John Kay on the 2nd day of July 1973 in Farnworth, Lancashire, England to Margaret Deirdre O’Neill and her husband Michael John Kay. His father was an engineer who reportedly passed on prior to the inception of Peter’s career. Both his parents are Roman Catholics and Peter was also brought up in the same faith. As a child, he went to Mount Joseph RC School where he obtained a GCSE certificate in art.
Upon graduation, the comedian enrolled at the University of Liverpool but eventually dropped out in order to attend Salford University. While at Salford University, Peter developed a keen interest in stand-up comedy and also participated in various comedy shows before his graduation. He graduated with a Higher National Diploma in Media Performance.
At the early stages of his stand-up comedy career, Peter participated in the North West Comedian of the Year Competition which was held in Manchester. During the competition, he triumphed over Johnny Vegas to win the competition. After that, he started working part-time at a local cinema situated in Bolton while performing at different comedy shows in the neighborhood. After the cinema was shut down, Peter decided to go into comedy full-time.
In 1997, the comedian took part in Channel 4’s comedy competition, So You Think You’re Funny. His exceptional comic lines and hilarious jokes helped him to win the competition. Afterward, he started making appearances on TV shows such as the Comedy Lab, The Sunday Show, Max and Paddy’s Road to Nowhere. He equally started his own show That Peter Kay Thing which aired on BBC One in 1999. For his performances, Peter won the Rose d’Or award at the international TV festival held in Montreux in 2005.
In search of a larger audience, Peter took his comic acts to the stage as he organized several tours and live stage performances around the UK. He also released videotapes for his performances which eventually ranked among the best-selling comedy videos. Some of his notable tours include Peter Kay: Live at Manchester Arena, Live at the Bolton Albert Halls, and Live at the Top of the Tower, among others. His other comedy shows include I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles), Phoenix Nights, Let it Shine, Peter Kay’s Comedy Shuffle, and many more.
In addition, the comic star has provided voice for animated series and has guest-starred in a few movies. Some of his films and TV series include Linda Green, Cradle to Grave, The League of Gentlemen’s Apocalypse, Coronation Street, Doctor Who, and The Producers.
The exceptional comic actor has been enjoying a flourishing comedy career and has equally accumulated huge wealth for himself. He is currently living a lavish lifestyle and his net worth is pegged at $70 million. The British comedian made his wealth from his stand-up comedy shows, tours, and salaries from his television shows. Notably, his 2001 comedy tour which ended in 2002 has been regarded as the most successful tour of all time.
Peter Kay’s Family – Wife and Children
The British comedian came from a middle-class family and was raised by his parents Deirdre and Michael. Peter hasn’t shared much information regarding his family and we can’t ascertain if he is their only child. His parents gave him all the support he needed at the early stages of his career. Unfortunately, his dad kicked the bucket before he began his career as a stand-up comedian.
In addition to his successful career, the comic star is successful in his love life and is also a proud father to his children. Peter Kay is happily married to his long-time partner and the love of his life named Susan Gargan. There isn’t much information about his wife and the family she comes from. The duo first saw each other in a Bolton nightclub in 1998; at the time, Peter was working in a local cinema.
Soon after that, they started dating and after three years of successful relationship, they exchanged marital vows. Their wedding took place in a private ceremony held in 2001. The pair has been married for over sixteen years now and there is no sign of marital issues between them. Additionally, the couple has a teenage son named Charlie Kay as well as two other children. They have decided to keep information regarding their children under the radar, hence not much is known about them.
Is He Dead or Alive?
The talented comedian Peter Kay has joined a long list of celebrities who have been mixed up in a celebrity death hoax. This happened earlier in February 2018 when Peter Reid shared a picture of the comedian on Twitter saying that comic star has died at the age of 44. The news raised several eyebrows amongst his millions of fans. However, his fans swiftly reacted to the tweet by saying it was a mere rumor and urged the football pundit to take down the tweet as soon as possible.
Meanwhile, Peter has rarely made public appearances after the cancelation of his tour in 2017. Surprisingly, he isn’t the first famous celebrity to be involved in such death hoax. Popular celebrities including Tom Hanks, Morgan Freeman, Eddie Murphy, and Justin Bieber have equally had their own share of the death rumors. Apparently, Peter Kay is still very much alive, hale, and hearty.