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Breaking News ! For anyone living in the North West of England, the dozen episodes of Peter Kay's Phoenix Nights is an insitution. It's hard to believe that the first episode aired way back in 2001 and finished after just two seasons in 2002. Set around a typical working men's club in Bolton, the show perfectly encapsulated that Lancashire town feeling that we all get on a Friday night down the local. Phoenix Nights won the People's Choice Award at the British Comedy Awards in 2002, propelling Peter Kay into the mainstream of comic stardom. Read More Related Articles Peter Kay's best TV characters ranked by viewers - did your favourite make it to the top? Read More Related Articles Sign up for daily news updates from Bolton with our new free email newsletter His success on the stage and in stand up followed throughout the mid 2000s before he began writing other series including his awarding winning Car Share. Phoenix Nights lives long in the memory for many on the north but where are the cast now? Lets take a look at what they've all been up to in the past 18 years. Peter Kay Brian Potter, Max, Keith Winston Lard From his award winning sitcom Car Share to his vastly successful stand up shows and more, Peter Kay has gone from strength to strength since the final episode of Phoenix Nights. He even went onto star in a spin off sitcom based on the two bouncers in Phoenix Nights with Paddy McGuinness; Max and Paddy's Road to Nowhere and has been a regular contributor to Comic Relief and Children in Need campaigns. Over the past two years the Farmworth comedian has been a little quiet. In February, he announced his comeback, unveiling plans to host six Dance For Life shows in London, Liverpool and Manchester for Cancer Research UK this April. The dates have since been postponed amid the coronavirus crisis, but Peter has promised the shows will be back, bigger than ever. Peter Kay played a number of key characters (Image: BBC/Shiver TV/Goodnight Vienna) Sign up to the free MyBolton email newsletter Get daily updates from Bolton direct to your email inbox with the free MyBolton newsletter. Click on this link, enter your email address, and select 'MyBolton News'. It's as simple as that. Paddy McGuinness Paddy Peter's best mate and former school friend joined Kay with Max and Paddy's Road to Nowhere before returning for Max and Paddy's The Power of Two in 2005. He has had a variety of presenting roles throughout the years, co presenting on Rory and Paddy's Great British Adventure with Rory McGrath before taking on his most iconic role on the ITV dating show Take Me Out ("no likey, no lighty"). Paddy stayed on Take Me Out until last year and is now a co-presenter on the BBC car show Top Gear. Paddy's been busy since the show ended (Image: BBC) Dave Spikey Jerry Dignan Spikey was a co-writer alongside Kay in Phoenix Nights and went on to pen many more highly rated sitcoms. In late 2004, he wrote the ITV comedy drama Dead Man Weds which featured Johnny Vegas. He starred as the host in a badly reviewed reboot of Bullseye in 2006 and continued to work as a stand up comedian and was voted as one of the 100 Greatest Stand Ups by the British public in 2010. Spikey celebrated 30 years in stand up with a new retrospective, Juggling on a Motorbike which began touring in 2017. The show is largely autobiographical and follows his performances over the past 30 years of stand up. Dave Spikey is currently patron of the non profit radio station Chorley FM. Dave Spikey has been the patron of Chorley FM (Image: Manchester Evening News) Justin Moorehouse Young Kenny Justin Moorehouse has enjoyed moderate success post Phoenix Nights, going on to star in the blockbuster film Looking For Eric, alongside the ex-pro Eric Cantona. From 2010 to 2011 he starred in Harold Brighouse's play Zack at the Royal Exchange in Manchester and he spent a year playing Dean Upton on Coronation Street between 2014 and 2015. In 2015 he became the resident compere of the Heatons' Comedy Evening, which takes place at the Heatons' Sports Club, Stockport on the first Sunday of every month. He now hosts his own podcast named: Justin Moorhouse About 30 Minutes No More Than 45. Justin Moorehouse played Young Kenny Archie Kelly Kenny Senior Archie Kelly began his career as a stand up act and impressionist which got him onto Phoenix Nights. After the success of Peter Kay's show, Kelly returned to stand up and has been a regular performer at clubs across Manchester as well as finding work as a singer for Corporate Entertainers. He now spends his time tweeting a lot about Manchester City (he wasn't too happy about this season's result) and is planning to go on tour with two of his Phoenix Nights co stars in 2021. Kelly, Janice Connolly and Neil FitzMaurice will be appearing across clubs in the north as The Phoenix Club: Pack of Three. Archie Kelly (right) regularly appears in stand up shows Janice Connolly (Barbara Nice) Holy Mary Connolly, who usually appears on stage as her alter ego, Birmingham housewife, Barbara Nice, continued to work with Kay and Spikey after Phoenix Nights. She was in Spikey's Dead Man Weds before appearing as Dolly Gartside in Coronation Street. She later launched her own theatre group Women and Theatre of which she is still the artistic director. The company aims to make heard the voices of those who are not usually listened to.
. She was awarded a British Empire Medial in 2017 after appearing in the New Years Honours list for her work with Women and Theatre. She will appear alongside Archie Kelly and Neil Fitzmaurice in The Phoenix Club: Pack of Three, in 2021.
Janice Connolly has had a long career in show business
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Neil FitzMaurice Ray Von Playing the lovable DJ Ray Von (as in Rave On) Neil Fitzmaurice later went on to enjoy widespread success on Channel Four while acting on the hit comedy show Peep Show. 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 recently starred in the hit Sky comedy Brassic alongside Joseph Gilgun and Michelle Keegan and in the BBC Three comedy The First Team. He has just featured in the pilot for a new comedy called Semi-Detached on BBC Two.
Neil FitzMaurice played much maligned DJ Ray Von
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Toby Foster Les Campbell Foster went on to work with Kay on his post Phoenix Nights projects including That Peter Kay Thing and Max and Paddy's Road To Nowhere. The comedian has made several cameo appearances over the years, starring in Ricky Gervais' Extra. Since 2019, he has provided the narration for the show Bangers and Cash, following a family run classic car auction in North Yorkshire. He still presents his own breakfast show on BBC Sheffield and has won several Radio Academy Awards since 2010. Foster is often seen at the Last Laugh Comedy Club in Sheffield.
Toby Foster is still a regularly on the radio
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Steve Edge Alan Johnson Like many of his co stars, Steve Edge went on to feature in Max and Paddy's Road to Nowhere after Phoenix Nights ended. He is also famous for playing the iconic, although fleeting, role of Daryl in Peep Show, a racist who befriends the main character Mark Corrigan. Edge has also written the Sky1 comedy show Starlings and featured in an number of hit features on the big screen, including Mike Bassett: England Manager, Secret Diary of a Call Girl, Paddington, Happy Valley and Plebs. His most recent project was the unsuccessful BBC One sitcom Scarborough.
Steve Edge played Alan Johnson in the show
Ted Robbins Den Perry Having formerly performed at the Preston Charter Theatre as Cinderella, and as a supporter of Rossendale Rugby Club (where his son plays prop) Ted has a big connection to Lancashire. He has enjoyed roles in some of Britain's hottest sitcoms since Phoenix Nights, playing Victor in 2012's Benidorm and starring in Birds of a Feather as well as The League of Gentlemen. He suffered an on stage heart attack in 2015 while on tour with Phoenix Nights but has since recovered. in 2019 he had to be put on oxygen after he inhaled smoke following a house fire at his home in Crawshawbooth. He now hosts the Friday afternoon show on BBC Radio Manchester and appeared on a rebooted version of Crackerjack! earlier this year.
Ted Robbins has been on some of the UK's biggest shows
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Beatrice Kelley Marion Kelley went on to star in the hit comedy show Ideal in 2005 alongside Johnny Vegas. She never did anything as big as Phoenix Nights again however, starring in bit parts for Coronation Street, Casualty Doctors and Shameless. Her latest outing was in 2013 when she featured in a single episode of A Great Night Out. Enid Dunn Joyce Enid was another Phoenix Nights co star to continue working with Kay on Max and Paddy's Road to Nowhere. From 2003-2005 she starred as Mrs Betty Pargetter in Cutting It but that was the last time Dunn was seen in a regular TV role. After that she seemed to follow the same pattern as Beatrice Kelley, starring in Coronation Street, Casualty and Shameless. The actor had breast cancer and now works with charities helping women who have undergone mastectomies. Her son, Anthony Cotton, is a regular Coronation Street star.
Coronation Street star Antony Cotton with mum Enid Dunn
Daniel Kitson Spencer Kitson is mainly a stand up comedian who tours and performs extensively at festivals and theatres. Phoenix Nights was his only real TV escapade and he has since gone on to become a regular favourite at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. His latest show; Keep, was performed at the Battersea Arts Centre. Throughout 2020 he performed in live screenings of his show The Interminable Suicide of Gregory Church. He also presents a breakfast show on Resonance FM in London.
Daniel Kitson mainly works in stand up
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