Peter Kay is an English comedian, writer, producer, director and actor. His work includes That Peter Kay Thing (2000), Phoenix Nights (2001), Max and Paddy's Road to Nowhere (2004), Britain's Got the Pop Factor... (2008) and other independent productions.
Kay was born, bred and still lives in Bolton. He left school with one GCSE in art and proceeded to drift from one dead end job to another, earning a living as a cinema usher, a steward at Manchester Arena, even a mobile disc jockey.
When Kay eventually tried his hand at stand up he found his 'wilderness years' had furnished him with an almost endless supply of characters and situations to draw on for material.
Within a year of launching himself onto stand up circuit, Kay won the 1997 Channel 4 So You Think You're Funny? competition. From there his rise to the top was rapid.
Along the way there were Perrier nominations, the Big Breakfast, The Peter Kay Thing, sell out tours, British Comedy Awards and Phoenix Nights.
He hosted the 81st Royal Variety Performance, held at the The Opera House Theatre in Blackpool on 7 December, 2009.
Kay also hosted the 30th annual BRIT Awards, in February 2010.