Peter Kay has achieved national popularity since he first won the North West Comedian of the Year in 1996. He’s since won four British Comedy Awards (including writer of the year), four Royal Television Society Awards, the coveted Rose D’Or at the International Television Festival at Montreux and most recently a prestigious BAFTA/LA Award for his 2009 television special Britain’s Got The Pop Factor.
He also wrote, directed and starred in That Peter Kay Thing, Max & Paddy’s Road to Nowhere and two series of the BAFTA-winning Phoenix Nights. Other television work includes programmes as diverse as Coronation Street, Dr Who, Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit and also fronted the hugely successful John Smith’s bitter campaign.
Peter is also regarded as one of the UK’s most prolific stand-up comedians and his Mum Wants A Bungalow tour still holds the record as the biggest-selling British stand up DVD of all time.
In 2005 he masterminded the Comic Relief video to (Is This The Way To) Amarillo which went on to become the biggest selling song of the year, staying at number one in the charts for seven weeks and raising over £2million for the charity. Two years later he repeated the success when his star studded video to (I’m Gonna Be) 500 Miles also soared to the top of the UK singles chart.
His self-penned autobiography The Sound of Laughter sold over one million copies in the first three months of release and now ranks as the biggest selling British hardback autobiography of all time.