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.
Max and Paddy’s Power of Two, which featured the 2 characters performing in their very own work out video was subsequently released on DVD and became the fastest selling fitness video ever!
On top of this, Paddy and other Phoenix Nights cast members toured the country with their hilarious live comedy show, The Jumping On The Bandwagon Tour.
This led Paddy to embark on his first ever solo stand-up tour, The Dark Side. Paddy performed 108 dates, entertaining audiences across the UK with his sell out show in 2005. The DVD Paddy McGuinness: Live was subsequently released and was the best selling comedy stand-up DVD at the time.
Paddy has filmed shows for the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Sky 1 and Channel 5, including game shows and chat shows.
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.
In 2008 Paddy appeared in the new Leigh Francis comedy for ITV Keith Lemon’s Gap Year as well as numerous comedy shows including Eight Out of Ten Cats, Law of the Playground, Would I Lie To You, The Paul O’Grady Show, Alan Carr’s Celebrity Ding Dong, Lily Allen and Friends and Gordon Ramsay’s F Word as a celebrity chef.
Paddy went back on the road in 2008 for another hugely successful sell out tour Paddy McGuinness Plus You! Live, playing to audiences throughout the UK.
Paddy 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. Further to this he has appeared on countless episodes of celebrity juice and also starred as Keith Lemon’ cousin in Keith Lemon the Movie.
Paddy began 2010 hosting the hugely popular ITV1 Saturday night prime time dating show Take Me Out. He took part in Robbie Williams’ team in the star studded charity football game Socceraid at Old Trafford, alongside stars such as Mike Myers and Zinedine Zidane, that summer he hosted the Britain’s Got Talent live tour . Paddy also co-hosted ITV1’s This Morning over the summer of 2010, this was repeated again in 2011. He remains a friend of the show and regular guest presenter.
In 2011 The second series of the massively popular ITV 1 Take Me Out saw Paddy establish himself as mainstream TV talent . This has led to more Take Me Out as well as various high profile primetime hosting roles including the highly challenging , arctic adventure ITV1 show 71degrees North, the madcap ITV1 panel show It’s a Mad Mad World, Channel 4‘s Paddy’s TV Guide, Hotel GB and also ITV1’s regular Christmas special Paddy’s Show and Telly.
In 2012, following another stint on Soccer aid, a NTA nomination and two more series of Take Me Out, Paddy has now become an established regular and treasured feature of the annual TV calendar. 2012 culminated with Paddy, Ant and Dec, Phillip Schofield, Holly Willoughby and Christine Bleakley hosting the hugely successful ITV annual charity show Text Santa.
2013/14 promises more surprises from Paddy on and off TV not only acting and presenting but he will also be following on from his sell out 2011 comedy Stand Up Arena tour and DVD by putting together an new comedy show and who knows maybe Take Me Out Live!
Paddy is also hosting Your Face Sounds Familiar, a celebrity entertainment series with a comedy twist, on ITV on Saturday nights.
The new format challenges six celebrities, comedian and presenter Alexander Armstrong; Olympian Denise Lewis OBE; entertainer Bobby Davro; Emmerdale actress Natalie Anderson; presenter Matt Johnson and actress Cheryl Fergison to perform as different iconic music artists every week before a panel of judges including Julian Clary and Emma Bunton.
In a show that takes making a good impression quite literally, each of our regular cast of celebrities will be transformed into a different legendary singer, and perform an iconic song and dance routine from that artist’s catalogue every week.