PUBLISHED: 17:38, Tue, Sep 22, 2020 | UPDATED: 17:38, Tue, Sep 22, 2020
The 47-year-old has savoured a number of TV hits including ‘Car Share’, ‘Phoenix Nights’, ‘Max and Paddy’s Road to Nowhere’ and more. Tonight the BBC will continue to honour his comedic legacy with an episode of ‘Peter Kay’s Stand-Up Comedy Shuffle’. Despite his fame, the Bolton-born star remains extremely tightlipped about his personal life and very rarely offers glimpses into the moments that shaped him. In one candid disclosure, the star revealed the impact of his father and how unknowingly his humour would shape him into the comedian he is today.
Since becoming a father, Kay has relished his time as a parent and pulled away from opportunities that could further his career to spend more with them.
Regularly, the star has insisted that he would give up fame for a normal life and heeded the words of other entertainers who regretted having spent so much time away from home.
He stated: “For me, whatever happens there's nothing better than family.''
The attachment to fatherhood might have stemmed from this own connection to his family – notably, his mother Deirdre is known to watch shows before they make it to air.
Kay values her opinion so much that at times he has reshot entire scenes or cut them out completely to appease her humour.
His father Michael died at the age of 51 shortly before his career took off – but the star maintained that he lived on through his comedy.
Kay told the Mirror in 2006: “Do I miss him? Of course I do. Every day. His death was devastating.
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“But you know, in my stand-up my Dad will always be alive. He's so much part of my act.”
Kay revealed that his father was forced to “retire early” from his job as an engineer due to a severe case of osteoporosis – where the bones