Patrick Joseph McGuinness (b. 14 August 1973 Bolton) can loosely be described as a comedy actor who became famous through his work with Peter Kay, his friend since primary school, as hapless doorman, Paddy in That Peter Kay Thing, Peter Kay's Phoenix Nights and Max and Paddy's Road to Nowhere, which he also co-wrote. Kay claims that McGuinness is not acting when he plays Paddy, he is merely playing himself.
When he left school he took a college course to do a BTEC 1st Diploma in Science with the intention of becoming a Lab Technician, though he soon realised that this was not a career he wished to pursue.
The next few years saw McGuinness undertaking various jobs including a silver service waiter at JJ’s A la Carte restaurant, a warehouse worker for Morrisons, a building site labourer, a lifeguard at Horwich leisure centre and a job cleaning machines at Warburtons bakery. He also worked in Corfu as a holiday rep for club 18 – 30, before returning to his job at Horwich.
Whilst still working at Horwich he filmed That Peter Kay Thing and Peter Kay's Phoenix Nights. He didn't leave the job until work started on the second series of Phoenix Nights.