JOHNNY Vegas is a much-loved British comedian – whether he’s starring on TV show or making tea in adverts.
But how did he become famous and how much is he worth? What is his real name and when did he split with his wife? And just how did he lose loads of weight? Here’s what we know…
Who is Jonny Vegas? What is his background?
Michael Joseph Pennington, 47, was born September 5, 1970, and is known professionally as Johnny Vegas.
He is an English actor and comedian.
He shot to fame in the early noughties in the PJ Tips adverts playing Al with his sidekick “Monkey”.
Since then Johnny has become best known for starring in ITV comedy, Benidorm.
He is currently starring in BBC’s Home from Home comedy about a couple who finally achieve their long-cherished dream of buying a lodge in the Lake District.
What TV shows has Johnny been on?
Johnny has starred in a number of hit TV shows, these include:
- Bleak House
- Moone Boy
- Red Dwarf
- Still Open All Hours
What is Johnny’s net worth?
Johnny has amassed quite a fortune during his career.
He is said to be worth around £8million.
This is through his acting career and endorsements.
Who is Johnny married to?
In August 2002, Johnny married Catherine “Kitty” Donnelly but they divorced in 2008.
They have a son, Michael Pennington Jr, together.
In April 2011, Johnny married columnist and Irish television producer Maia Dunphy and in 2015, the couple had their first child together.
On May 14, 2018, Maia announced via Twitter that the pair had separated.
Johnny met Maia on the set of Podge and Rodge and romance blossomed following an interview a few years later.
The couple lived apart during some of their marriage, with Johnny maintaining his base in the UK and Maia living in Dublin.
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“We are telling people now because speculation is unhelpful at best, and dangerous at worst.
“As we think is obvious, we continue to fully support each other, there is no acrimony, no story and no one else involved.”
She continued: “We have never played out our relationship publicly, so we don’t feel it’s too much to ask for privacy now.”
How has Johnny lost weight?
Johnny revealed his dramatic weight loss in a new selfie in July 2018.
The Benidorm actor has lost three stone since overhauling his diet, swapping fast food for healthy alternatives, following his marriage break up.
Writing next to the picture, the 47-year-old told his fans: “It’s a far cry from a Thatto Heath fry up….ooh you’ve changed Vegas.
“Apologies fellow tweeters, busy of late and treating our chats like a bacon butty, sadly an all too rare a treat of late…”
Johnny weighed 18stone at his heaviest and is now working hard to get fitter.
Although his healthy diet now consists of high protein meals, he still likes a pint of Guinness.
Johnny previously tried to lose weight over a decade ago and said he wanted to get fit for his son.
He said his weight was causing him health problems and on Loose Women admitted he wanted to live longer.
Johnny explained: It got to the point where I was getting gout quite regularly,.
“I didn’t think I’d make 30. I made 30 so I set myself the challenge of making it to 40. I realised I had a son and I wanted to be around a little bit longer.”
He went on to lose five stone but put it back on again before embarking on his most recent health kick.