For anybody residing within the North West of England, the dozen episodes of Peter Kay’s Phoenix Nights is an insitution.
It is arduous to consider that the primary episode aired manner 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 get up adopted all through the mid 2000s earlier than he started writing different collection together with his awarding profitable Automobile Share.
Phoenix Nights lives lengthy within the reminiscence for a lot of on the north however the place are the forged now? Lets check out what they’ve all been as much as up to now 18 years.
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From his award profitable sitcom Automobile Share to his vastly profitable get up exhibits and extra, Peter Kay has gone from energy to energy because the remaining 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 Street to Nowhere and has been a daily contributor to Comedian Reduction and Kids in Want campaigns.
Over the previous two years the Farmworth comic has been a bit quiet.
In February, he introduced his comeback, unveiling plans to host six Dance For Life exhibits 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 exhibits will probably be again, larger than ever.
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Peter’s greatest mate and former faculty good friend joined Kay with Max and Paddy’s Street 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 up his most iconic position 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 get up comic and was voted as one of many 100 Biggest Stand Ups by the British public in 2010.
Spikey celebrated 30 years in get up with a brand new retrospective, Juggling on a Bike which started touring in 2017. The present is basically autobiographical and follows his performances over the previous 30 years of get 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, occurring to star within the blockbuster movie Wanting For Eric, alongside the ex-pro Eric Cantona.
From 2010 to 2011 he starred in Harold Brighouse’s play Zack on the Royal Change in Manchester and he spent a yr enjoying Dean Upton on Coronation Road between 2014 and 2015.
In 2015 he turned 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 get 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 a daily performer at golf equipment throughout Manchester in addition to discovering work as a singer for Company Entertainers.
He now spends his time tweeting rather a lot about Manchester Metropolis (he wasn’t too pleased 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 Road. She later launched her personal theatre group Girls and Theatre of which she remains to be the inventive director.
The corporate goals to make heard the voices of those that are usually not normally listened to. Connolly additionally ran the ‘Laughing for a Change’ mission, 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 checklist for her work with Girls and Theatre. She is going to seem alongside Archie Kelly and Neil Fitzmaurice in The Phoenix Membership: Pack of Three, in 2021.
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Enjoying the lovable DJ Ray Von (as in Rave On) Neil Fitzmaurice later went on to take pleasure in 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 Workforce.
He has simply featured within the pilot for a brand new comedy known as Semi-Indifferent on BBC Two.
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Foster went on to work with Kay on his publish Phoenix Nights initiatives together with That Peter Kay Factor and Max and Paddy’s Street To Nowhere.
The comic has made a number of cameo appearances through the years, starring in Ricky Gervais’ Further.
Since 2019, he has supplied 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 usually seen on the Final Snicker 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 Street to Nowhere after Phoenix Nights ended.
He’s additionally well-known for enjoying the enduring, though fleeting, position of Daryl in Peep Present, a racist who befriends the primary 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 Woman, Paddington, Comfortable Valley and Plebs.
His most up-to-date mission 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 house 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 Splendid in 2005 alongside Johnny Vegas.
She by no means did something as large as Phoenix Nights once more nevertheless, starring in bit components for Coronation Road, Casualty Medical doctors 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 Street to Nowhere.
From 2003-2005 she starred as Mrs Betty Pargetter in Reducing It however that was the final time Dunn was seen in a daily TV position.
After that she appeared to observe the identical sample as Beatrice Kelley, starring in Coronation Road, 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 a daily Coronation Road star.
Kitson is especially a get 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 change into a daily 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 dwell screenings of his present The Interminable Suicide of Gregory Church.
He additionally presents a breakfast present on Resonance FM in London.