Peter Kay’s co-star in health update as comedian talks Phoenix Nights revival

Ted Robbins aka Den Perry just before he collapsed, Phoenix Nights Live

Phoenix Nights star Ted Robbins is in “great shape” and “would be up for” reprising his character in Peter Kay’s much-loved sitcom, his sister Amy Robbins told

Calendar Girls star Amy, who is Ted’s youngest sibling, said the 68-year-old is back on track after a bout of ill health, following a cardiac arrest in 2015.

The actor, 68, collapsed on stage just three minutes into his solo segment during the opening night of a Phoenix Nights revival for Comic Relief.

Amy says Ted is now fit enough to reprise his role as Den Perry should comedian Peter put his interest of bringing the show back as a film into action.

The actress said: “It was one of my favourites, I think Peter Kay could bring any of his shows back and it would be the most gigantic success.

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“They were so loved weren’t they, with such a following. He’s such a clever comedian and writer. I love Peter Kay!

“Ted would be up for it, he’s in good health these days since he had that health scare all those years ago when he was doing Phoenix Nights, but he’s in great shape now.

“I’m sure he’d be happy to bring back Den you never know, he’s doing brilliant.”

While suffering a heart attack, Ted was luckily saved by two audience members, one who was a doctor, and the other a paramedic.

He was clinically dead for 15 minutes, until CPR brought him back around.

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In 2021, the actor expressed how grateful he was to have had medical experts in the audience at the time.

Speaking on Sky News, he revealed he had some “cardiac problems” in the run-up to his performance, but “begged” his surgeon to stall surgery so he could do the show.

After being told he was “OK, for now” the actor was given the green flag to perform. 

Reflecting on his ordeal with Kay Burley, Ted thanked the paramedic for jumping on stage and helping him, as others believed it was a joke.

He went on to express the importance of learning CPR as he warned “every minute counts” in an emergency situation.

Meanwhile, Peter has expressed his interest of reviving Phoenix Nights as a film.

In his latest book, TV: Big Adventures on the Small Screen, the comedian writes: “I had an idea only today of Brian getting Young Kenny to paint an enormous letter ‘H’ on the roof of the club so he can advertise they’ve got a helicopter pad.

“The chance of a helicopter ever landing is, of course, zero,” he added.

“As the years pass, I’m becoming more like Brian [Potter].

“But if Phoenix Nights rose again it’d have to be for something very special, maybe a film? Perhaps Brian could get visited by three ghosts. Now, wouldn’t that be an idea?”

Coronation Street star Amy Robbins is currently a part of Calendar Girls: The Musical, touring nationwide. The shows will continue across 2024, with further dates and casting to be announced. To find out more information, visit the website.

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