PADDY McGuinness first arrived on our screens nearly 20 years ago as the comedy partner of Peter Kay.
He's since become a household name hosting the hugely popular Take Me Out and reviving the TV dating show genre – here's everything you need to know about the Top Gear host.
Who is Paddy McGuinness?
Paddy was born Patrick Joseph McGuinness in Farnworth, Lancashire on August 14, 1973.
The 47 year old was born to an Irish father from County Tipperary but was raised in Farnworth, Lancashire.
He made his TV debut in 1995 as a contestant on a series of dating shows, including Davina McCall fronted God's Gift.
However, Paddy's big break came by landing a role with his friend Peter Kay on his show That Peter Kay Thing.
Recently, it was revealed that Paddy will be hosting the legendary motoring show Top Gear alongside Andrew Flintoff and Chris Harris after Matt LeBlank stepped down. He's previously fronted Stars in Their Cars on the Travel Channel. He has also been a co-presenter of Sport Relief.
Is Paddy married and does he have children?
Paddy is married to wife Christine – a former Miss Liverpool, online influencer and exercise guru.
The couple married in 2011 at Thornton Manor in Wirral after three years together.
Paddy and Christine have three children – twins Penelope and Leo, five, and daughter Felicity, two.
Christine has tracked her pregnancies online after she struggled to conceive due to suffering from PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome).
In July 2017, Christine also revealed in a poem on the twins' fourth birthday that Penelope and Leo both suffer from autism.
The couple has since spoken out about how they came to terms with the diagnosis, admitting they 'grieved' for their twins before adapting their lives and parenting techniques to help the young pair.
In February 2018, The Sun revealed footage of Paddy walking arm-in-arm with celeb pal Nicole Appleton on a London night out when Christine was 200 miles away at home.
Hours after the revelation, Christine, 29, uploaded a cryptic Instagram post about "good things falling apart".
The post read: "I believe everything happens for a reason.
"People change so you can learn to let go, things go wrong so you can appreciate them when they’re right.
"You believe lies so that you will eventually learn to trust no one but yourself, and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together."
Nicole and Paddy unfollowed each other on all social media on February 13.
What did Paddy say about the Lamborghini crash?
In June this year, Paddy crashed a £250,000 Lamborghini in the Yorkshire Dales which had left the garage just the day before.
The Diablo model supercar had just been given a £3,000 makeover for filming the BBC show.
Paddy posted on Instagram following the crash: “It’s been a mad old day on Top Gear today, you might have seen that I had a bit of a shunt.
"I finally got to drive one of my fantasy childhood cars – the Lamborghini Diablo – but it turns out 30-year-old supercars don’t like torrential rain, who’d have thought?
"If you’ve ever owned a Diablo or you’ve driven one you’ll know just as well as me, oh my God, she can be a cruel mistress, she can be a cruel mistress that one.
"I’m going to have a cup of tea, a paracetamol and a good old cry."
What TV shows has Paddy starred in?
Take Me Out
Paddy has become most known in recent years as the tongue-in-cheek host of dating show Take Me Out, filmed in Kent.
During the series he has become famed for his catchphrases – including 'No Likey, No Lighty' and the ever-changing 'Let the ….See The…' quip.
The presenter has been on the show since 2016, and remains one of ITV's most-loved Saturday night TV shows.
In 2000 he starred in old friend Peter Kay’s show That Peter Kay Thing before joining Kay’s new comedy series.
The award-winning Phoenix Nights saw the star as doorman Paddy O’Shea, working alongside fellow bouncer Max Bygraves, one of many characters played by Peter.
This led to the pair of them teaming up as a duo for the sitcom Max and Paddy’s Road to Nowhere in 2004.
Paddy has a six-episode arc on the long-running Manchester-based soap in 2015.
He played Dougie Ryan, a holidaymaker on a campsite that a group of Corrie residents went to visit.
Across the week, he proved to be a stick in the mud who was obsessed with life in the great outdoors – considering himself somewhat of a camping Bear Grylls.
His episodes were generally well-received as comic relief for the week, but he has never returned to the soap.
The Keith and Paddy Picture Show
Paddy joined forces with Keith Lemon to recreate a string of famed movies for their series, The Keith and Paddy Picture Show.
This included hilarious send-ups of Star Wars, Dirty Dancing, Ghostbusters and Jaws and was typically followed by the original film on ITV1.
Even Better Than The Real Thing
In 2017 Paddy hosted a 60-minute special celebrating the biggest names in pop music by bringing together the world’s top tribute artists for a glamorous night of performing and competing.
Even Better Than The Real Thing brought together performances from cover bands and acts who are quite simply the very best in the game.
Paddy, Freddie Flintoff and Chris Harris took over as hosts of Top Gear in it's new format.
The Sun Online exclusively revealed that the Take Me Out presenter and the former international cricketer would be taking on the presenter roles in the hope that they would bring back the Top Gear glory years.
The pals signed a two-year deal to host the car show from 2019 — earning each around £500,000.
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