For anybody residing within the North West of England, the dozen episodes of Peter Kay’s Phoenix Nights is an insitution.
It is onerous to imagine that the primary episode aired method again in 2001 and completed after simply two seasons in 2002.
Set round a typical working males’s membership in Bolton, the present completely encapsulated that Lancashire city feeling that all of us get on a Friday night time down the native.
Phoenix Nights gained the Individuals’s Alternative Award on the British Comedy Awards in 2002, propelling Peter Kay into the mainstream of comedian stardom.
His success on the stage and in rise up adopted all through the mid 2000s earlier than he started writing different sequence together with his awarding successful Automobile Share.
Phoenix Nights lives lengthy within the reminiscence for a lot of on the north however the place are the solid now? Lets check out what they’ve all been as much as prior to now 18 years.
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From his award successful sitcom Automobile Share to his vastly profitable rise up reveals and extra, Peter Kay has gone from energy to energy for the reason that last episode of Phoenix Nights.
He even went onto star in a spin off sitcom based mostly on the 2 bouncers in Phoenix Nights with Paddy McGuinness; Max and Paddy’s Highway to Nowhere and has been an everyday contributor to Comedian Aid and Kids in Want campaigns.
Over the previous two years the Farmworth comic has been just a little quiet.
In February, he introduced his comeback, unveiling plans to host six Dance For Life reveals in London, Liverpool and Manchester for Most cancers Analysis UK this April.
The dates have since been postponed amid the coronavirus disaster, however Peter has promised the reveals will probably be again, greater than ever.
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Peter’s finest mate and former faculty pal joined Kay with Max and Paddy’s Highway to Nowhere earlier than returning for Max and Paddy’s The Energy of Two in 2005.
He has had a wide range of presenting roles all through the years, co presenting on Rory and Paddy’s Nice British Journey with Rory McGrath earlier than taking over his most iconic function on the ITV relationship present Take Me Out (“no likey, no lighty”).
Paddy stayed on Take Me Out till final yr and is now a co-presenter on the BBC automotive present Prime Gear.
Spikey was a co-writer alongside Kay in Phoenix Nights and went on to pen many extra extremely rated sitcoms.
In late 2004, he wrote the ITV comedy drama Lifeless Man Weds which featured Johnny Vegas.
He starred because the host in a badly reviewed reboot of Bullseye in 2006 and continued to work as a rise up comic and was voted as one of many 100 Biggest Stand Ups by the British public in 2010.
Spikey celebrated 30 years in rise up with a brand new retrospective, Juggling on a Bike which started touring in 2017. The present is essentially autobiographical and follows his performances over the previous 30 years of rise up.
Dave Spikey is at the moment patron of the non revenue radio station Chorley FM.
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Justin Moorehouse has loved average success publish Phoenix Nights, happening to star within the blockbuster movie Trying For Eric, alongside the ex-pro Eric Cantona.
From 2010 to 2011 he starred in Harold Brighouse’s play Zack on the Royal Alternate in Manchester and he spent a yr enjoying Dean Upton on Coronation Avenue between 2014 and 2015.
In 2015 he grew to become the resident compere of the Heatons’ Comedy Night, which takes place on the Heatons’ Sports activities Membership, Stockport on the primary Sunday of each month.
He now hosts his personal podcast named: Justin Moorhouse About 30 Minutes No Extra Than 45.
Archie Kelly started his profession as a rise up act and impressionist which obtained him onto Phoenix Nights.
After the success of Peter Kay’s present, Kelly returned to face up and has been an everyday performer at golf equipment throughout Manchester in addition to discovering work as a singer for Company Entertainers.
He now spends his time tweeting so much about Manchester Metropolis (he wasn’t too joyful about this season’s outcome) and is planning to go on tour with two of his Phoenix Nights co stars in 2021.
Kelly, Janice Connolly and Neil FitzMaurice will probably be showing throughout golf equipment within the north as The Phoenix Membership: Pack of Three.
Janice Connolly (Barbara Good)
Connolly, who normally seems on stage as her alter ego, Birmingham housewife, Barbara Good, continued to work with Kay and Spikey after Phoenix Nights.
She was in Spikey’s Lifeless Man Weds earlier than showing as Dolly Gartside in Coronation Avenue. She later launched her personal theatre group Girls and Theatre of which she continues to be the creative director.
The corporate goals to make heard the voices of those that aren’t normally listened to. Connolly additionally ran the ‘Laughing for a Change’ undertaking, encouraging comedians and audiences to speak about psychological well being.
She was awarded a British Empire Medial in 2017 after showing within the New Years Honours listing for her work with Girls and Theatre. She’s going to seem alongside Archie Kelly and Neil Fitzmaurice in The Phoenix Membership: Pack of Three, in 2021.
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Taking part in the lovable DJ Ray Von (as in Rave On) Neil Fitzmaurice later went on to get pleasure from widespread success on Channel 4 whereas appearing on the hit comedy present Peep Present.
From 2003 to 2015, FitzMaurice featured alongside the likes of David Mitchell, Robert Webb and (now Oscar Award winner) Olivia Coleman as Jeff, the love rival and enemy of Mark Corrigan.
He not too long ago starred within the hit Sky comedy Brassic alongside Joseph Gilgun and Michelle Keegan and within the BBC Three comedy The First Crew.
He has simply featured within the pilot for a brand new comedy referred to as Semi-Indifferent on BBC Two.
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Foster went on to work with Kay on his publish Phoenix Nights tasks together with That Peter Kay Factor and Max and Paddy’s Highway To Nowhere.
The comic has made a number of cameo appearances through the years, starring in Ricky Gervais’ Further.
Since 2019, he has offered the narration for the present Bangers and Money, following a household run traditional automotive public sale in North Yorkshire.
He nonetheless presents his personal breakfast present on BBC Sheffield and has gained a number of Radio Academy Awards since 2010. Foster is commonly seen on the Final Chortle Comedy Membership in Sheffield.
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Like lots of his co stars, Steve Edge went on to function in Max and Paddy’s Highway to Nowhere after Phoenix Nights ended.
He’s additionally well-known for taking part in the long-lasting, though fleeting, function of Daryl in Peep Present, a racist who befriends the principle character Mark Corrigan.
Edge has additionally written the Sky1 comedy present Starlings and featured in an variety of hit options on the massive display, together with Mike Bassett: England Supervisor, Secret Diary of a Name Lady, Paddington, Pleased Valley and Plebs.
His most up-to-date undertaking was the unsuccessful BBC One sitcom Scarborough.
Having previously carried out on the Preston Constitution Theatre as Cinderella, and as a supporter of Rossendale Rugby Membership (the place his son performs prop) Ted has an enormous connection to Lancashire.
He has loved roles in a few of Britain’s hottest sitcoms since Phoenix Nights, enjoying Victor in 2012’s Benidorm and starring in Birds of a Feather in addition to The League of Gents.
He suffered an on stage coronary heart assault in 2015 whereas on tour with Phoenix Nights however has since recovered. in 2019 he needed to be placed on oxygen after he inhaled smoke following a home fireplace at his residence in Crawshawbooth.
He now hosts the Friday afternoon present on BBC Radio Manchester and appeared on a rebooted model of Crackerjack! earlier this yr.
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Kelley went on to star within the hit comedy present Perfect in 2005 alongside Johnny Vegas.
She by no means did something as huge as Phoenix Nights once more nevertheless, starring in bit components for Coronation Avenue, Casualty Docs and Shameless.
Her newest outing was in 2013 when she featured in a single episode of A Nice Evening Out.
Enid was one other Phoenix Nights co star to proceed working with Kay on Max and Paddy’s Highway to Nowhere.
From 2003-2005 she starred as Mrs Betty Pargetter in Chopping It however that was the final time Dunn was seen in an everyday TV function.
After that she appeared to observe the identical sample as Beatrice Kelley, starring in Coronation Avenue, Casualty and Shameless.
The actor had breast most cancers and now works with charities serving to girls who’ve undergone mastectomies.
Her son, Anthony Cotton, is an everyday Coronation Avenue star.
Kitson is especially a rise up comic who excursions and performs extensively at festivals and theatres. Phoenix Nights was his solely actual TV escapade and he has since gone on to turn into an everyday favorite on the Edinburgh Fringe Pageant.
His newest present; Preserve, was carried out on the Battersea Arts Centre. All through 2020 he carried out in stay screenings of his present The Interminable Suicide of Gregory Church.
He additionally presents a breakfast present on Resonance FM in London.