HE'S come a long way from his humble working-class roots in Bolton, indeed Peter Kay's life is straight out of a Hollywood movie.
From sell-out tours to Phoenix Nights and Car Share – everything Peter touches has been turned into a smash hit. Here's the lowdown on the Northern funnyman…
Having started his career as a comedian, Kay has branched out into various other areas of TV over the years.
He has written screenplays – most notably the smash hit Car Share – produced, directed and has had a variety of acting jobs.
The funnyman also has three books under his belt and was named the 46th most influential person in British culture in a 2004 poll for the BBC.
All of these gigs and public notoriety have amounted to a reportedly sizeable net worth of £43 million.
Peter Kay married Susan Gargan in 2001 after three years of dating.
They met while Kay was working at a cinema and she was a cashier at Boots in their hometown of Bolton.
The couple have a son together, Charlie Michael Kay, named after Susan's late father.
It is reported that Peter has two other children – and in interviews he frequently refers to more than one child – but they have been kept out of the spotlight completely.
Car Share is a British comedy about two workers in a supermarket who car pool to and from work together.
Kay wrote and starred in the show which ran for two series on BBC One.
The two-hander won the award for best comedy at the 2016 National Television Awards, as well as the BAFTA TV Awards for Best Male Comedy Performance and Best Scripted Comedy that same year.
His co-star in the series, Sian Gibson, also helped Kay to write both series of the show which pulled in a staggering 5.5 million viewers for its final episode.
After eight years away from the stage Peter Kay announced he was coming back with another live tour.
The comedian said he would be “returning to his most successful hobby – stand-up”.
However, on December 13, he announced that all the dates will be cancelled.
In a statement on Twitter, he wrote: “Due to unforeseen family circumstances, I deeply regret that I am having to cancel all of my upcoming work projects.
“This unfortunately includes my upcoming stand-up tour, Dance for Life shows and any outstanding live work commitments.
“My sincerest apologies. This decision has not been taken lightly and I’m sure you’ll understand my family must always come first.
“I’ve always endeavoured to protect my family’s privacy from the media. I hope that the media and public will continue to respect our privacy at this time. Once again, I’m very sorry.”
Those who bought tickets for his tour dates have options available when it comes to claiming a refund.