Phoenix Nights is a much loved sitcom developed by Peter Kay, Dave Spikey and Neil Fitzmaurice, following the fortunes of club owner Brian Potter and his bunch of misfits that helped to run the Phoenix Club. Here, we chart how some of the careers of the cast have developed since the show ended.
Peter Kay – Brian Potter, Max Bygraves & Keith Winston Lard
Obviously, the most famous member of Phoenix Nights and the star of the show is Peter Kay. Since the show ended Peter has gone from strength to strength writing and starring in Max & Paddy’s Road to Nowhere with Paddy McGuinness before returning to stand up with his best selling tour and then a return to TV with the critically acclaimed Car Share. The second series of which is currently airing on BBC One. There have been recent rumours regarding a new series of Max and Paddy but nothing concrete as yet.
Dave Spikey – Jerry ‘St. Clair’ Dignan
Phoenix Nights co-creator Dave Spikey apparently had a bit of a falling out with Peter Kay and the pair reportedly didn’t speak for some time, however they’ve rekindled the friendship in recent years. He’s been continuing to enjoy success on the comedy circuit, popping up in all manner of TV shows perhaps most famously as the team captain on 8 Out of 10 Cats. He’s also appeared on the likes of Countdown and hosted a reworked version of the classic darts show Bullseye.
Neil Fitzmaurice – Ray Von
Neil Fitzmaurice co-wrote Phoenix Nights with Spikey and Kay and since the show his most notable role has been starring as Jeff in Peep Show alongside comedy duo David Mitchell and Robert Webb. He also has done some more serious acting and even delved into the world of stage shows. Most recently he can be seen as Fergus in Sky’s Mount Pleasant where his co-star is none other than Sally Lindsay who briefly appeared as Tracy Burns in Phoenix Nights.
Patrick McGuinness – Paddy O’Shea
After co-writing and starring in spin-off Max and Paddy with Peter Kay, Paddy travelled around the UK with fellow comedian Rory McGrath to film Channel 5 series Rory and Paddy’s Great British Adventure. The series followed the comedians as they took part in quirky British customs such as cheese rolling, pie eating, bog snorkelling and egg throwing. Since then, he has landed several presenting roles since and is best known for ITV dating show Take Me Out, which he has hosted since 2010. Paddy married model Christine Martin in 2011 and the couple welcomed twins Leo and Penelope two years later. He performed a stand up tour titled Daddy McGuinness, which drew on his experience of first-time fatherhood.
Archie Kelly – Kenny ‘Dalglish’ Senior
Comedian Archie Kelly was one of the familiar faces who popped up in Max & Paddy’s Road to Nowhere, but did you know he was also in the first series of Peter Kay’s Car Share starring as the man with a dog in episode “Man With Dog”. And he also popped up alongside Kay in Cradle to Grave playing Uncle Frank. Elsewhere, he’s been busy doing stand up and playing various taxi drivers on Emmerdale.
Ted Robbins – Den Perry
Phoenix Nights’ resident villain is now best known for his work on children’s TV where he played The Governor in CBBC series The Slammer. As well as former cast members of Phoenix Nights, Neil Fitzmaurice and Sally Lindsay, Ted Robbins can also be found in Sky’s Mount Pleasant. The comedian suffered a tragic collapse whilst on stage during Phoenix Nights live and had to be rushed to hospital however since then he has lost weight and dramatically improved his lifestyle.
Justin Moorhouse – Young Kenny
When he’s not working on his podcast ‘About 30 minutes, No more than 45′, Justin Moorhouse is keeping busy as both a comedian and radio DJ. You also might have spotted him on Coronation Street as Duggie or in prison drama Buried back in the early 2000s.
Sian Gibson – Young Mary
Sian Gibson has recently found fame starring alongside Peter Kay in his current sitcom Car Share where she plays the lead female role of Kayleigh and you not have realised she briefly appears in Phoenix Nights as Holy Mary’s daughter who has a brief fling with Paddy. She also appeared with Peter Kay in his show Britain’s Got the Pop Factor as a band member of Two Up Two Down.