Paddy’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 alongside Peter Kay, which aired in 1998.
In 2000 he got the part as Paddy the doorman in ‘That Peter Kay Thing’. This led to the massive spin off series Phoenix Nights. 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 led Paddy to embark on his first ever solo stand-up Arena 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 the bestselling comedy stand-up DVD at the time. Paddy recently concluded his latest UK tour, Daddy McGuiness, which saw him embark on a 50-date run and receive a wealth of rave reviews.
Paddy has hosted many ITV shows including ‘This Morning’ ’71 Degrees North’ ‘Mad Mad World’ ‘Paddy’s Show’ and Telly’ ‘Your Face Sounds Familiar’. He has also hosted Channel 4 shows such as ‘Paddy’s TV Guide’ and ‘Hotel GB’.
In 2015 Paddy, Ant and Dec, Phillip Schofield, Holly Willoughby and Christine Bleakley hosted the hugely successful ITV charity show Text Santa, which has raised more than £29.5 million to date.