This article contains the life history and biography of Peter Kay including his personality, comedy career, wife, and other facts.
Peter Kay is one of the UK’s most successful comedians, an actor in many TV shows and films, and the author of 3 books. The award-winning stand-up comedian is married to his heartthrob, Susan Gargan with 3 children. Their first child was named Charlie Micheal Kay while the other two children are unknown as their birth are kept private.
Continue reading Peter Kay’s biography to learn more about his career, net worth, family, and other interesting facts.
Family Background and Education
Peter John Kay was born on the 2nd of July in 1973 at Bolton in Lancashire, England. He was born by a couple; Deirdre O’Neill (mother) and the late Michael Kay (father) who is an engineer. His mother who was of an Irish descendant and a staunch Roman Catholic brought Peter Kay up with the same faith after the death of his father.
He attended Saint Joseph RC High School and proceeded to the University of Liverpool where he studied Drama, Theatre studies, and English Literature. He later transferred to the Aldephi Campus School of media, music, and performance at the University of Salford. He also had an Honorary degree in Arts from the University of Salford in 2016 in commendation of his pivotal role in the Entertainment industry.
Peter Kay had always enjoyed entertaining others and making people laugh right from a young age. He was part of his school product of “the Wizard of Oz”
After schooling, Peter Kay work in numerous places, working part-time at a warehouse, Bingo Hall, toilet-roll factory, Petrol station, and so on.
In 1996, he went for auditioning for the North West Comedian of the Year Award, when he was still new in the industry with little experience. He was voted as the best and won the award. After winning the audition, he started working as a part-time stand-up comedian. It’s through his comedy acts that he got his first project. He also won Channel 4’s contest titled “So You Think You Are Funny” in 1997.
With Peter Kay winning these contests, he was quite popular but his fame rose widely after his first live video show in 2000 at the top of the tower. He also was able to appear on different chat shows including Parkison, Friday Night With Jonathan Ross, and so on. This also helps him to lead to mainstream recognition.
His first project was acting as a driver in the episode of new voices. He also acted as a delivery driver in the BBC comedy-drama as well as in Channels 4’s comedy and so many others. He has won many awards for his comedy acts including the British Screenwriters’ Award, Banff Rockie Award, the BAFTA TV Awards, Golden Rose, and so on.
Peter Kay’s comedy style is regarded by fans as being energetic, easy, and honest. He’s also known for coming up with new and different materials but retained phrases like Cheesecake?, Garlic bread?, ‘Ave it!, I’m not homophobic, I’m not scared of my house, Put big light on and so on. In 2006, he published his autobiography titled Sound of laughter
Peter Kay also co-own Goodnight Vienna Productions with his wife, Susan which is also used in producing his works. In 2012, he was included in the Guinness Book of World Records as the most successful stand-up comedian with a stand-up comedy tour titled The Tour That Doesn’t Tour which was played to over 1.2 million audiences.
Personal Lifestyle and Family
Despite being a wizard at comedy, Peter Kay detest being on live shows and prefers to spend time with his family. Peter Kay’s family comprises of his wife, Susan Gargan with 3 children. His wife, Susan, and he meet each other in a night club at Bolton where Kay was working at a local cinema. They later got married in 2006 after dating for 3 years.
Their first child, Charlie Michael was named after Peter Kay’s and Susan Gargan’s father. This means Charlie is bear by Susan’s while Peter Kay’s late father is Michael. They also have other two children whom they kept away from the public eyes.
Peter Kay Controversies
During his career, Peter Kay has been alleged times without several using other people’s jokes on stage.
It was also rumored that he lost his wife in 2017 when he canceled his already declared life concert due to family issues. His fan thought his wife was dead and that is the reason for the cancellation of the tour but it was far from the truth. In 2018, the hashtag #RIPPETERKAY was trending on Twitter after he was thought to be dead. But this also proves to be false as he has been seen publicly afterward.
Peter Kay illness and Health
The award-winning stand-up comedian has been silent since he canceled his live tour even though he has been seen attending different events. Peter Kay’s weight loss has been a thing of concern for his fans as he has lost a lot of weight. Even though he has never talked about it publicly, fans who saw him last year can’t but express their concerns.
The 46-year-old comedian breaks his silence on Twitter announcing on 24th February, in 2020 saying he will be hosting a show titled “Six Dance for Life Shows”. He also encouraged people to buy the tickets as the earnings will be used in sponsoring Cancer Research. For now, no one knows if the genius of comedy is back for good. It seems we will have to wait to find out.
Peter Kay’s net worth is estimated to be $56 million and he’s one of the most successful comedians in the United Kingdom.