Fans of comedian Peter Kay will be saddened following claims — made by his TV co-star Sian Gibson — that their sitcom, Peter Kay’s Car Share, will not return to our screens.
But 45-year-old Kay has abundant reason to smile.
I can disclose that the star, who worked in a bingo hall as well as a factory manufacturing loo rolls, has amassed a staggering £32 million fortune.
Accounts filed at Companies House record that the massive sum — £2.5 million up on last year — has been generated by two of Kay’s three companies, Good Night Vienna Productions and Hussein Traders.
‘Fans of comedian Peter Kay will be saddened following claims — made by his TV co-star Sian Gibson — that their sitcom, Peter Kay’s Car Share, will not return to our screens, writes SEBASTIAN SHAKESPEARE
Good Night Vienna Productions, which Kay co-owns with his wife Susan, is his main money machine.
Stating its principal activity as ‘writing, performing and TV production’, it now holds a total of £23.7 million, compared with £21.27 million last year.
Despite their wealth, the couple continue to live in an understated manner in Bolton with their three children.
The cash pile in Hussein Traders, which is concerned with ‘the management and production of stand-up comedy’, now stands at £8.3 million — only marginally up on the £8.2 million in the business in 2017.
The figure would undoubtedly have been far higher, had Kay not cancelled his first live tour in eight years for ‘family reasons’ last year.
His 2010-11 tour secured its place in the Guinness World Records as the most successful of all time after he performed to more than 1.2 million people.
Kay has made a point of putting his family first — a decision influenced by the early loss of his own father, Michael, aged only 59 before his son had hit the big time.
‘I still go to Tesco, I still do my big shop,’ he has said. ‘You’ve got to. You can’t be agoraphobic; you’ve got to live your life. You’d go insane if you didn’t.’
David is just a little smitten with Joanna
He boasts of ‘loads and loads’ of love letters from ‘amorous’ female fans, but David Walliams has rarely looked happier than he did when basking in the attentions of Joanna Lumley.
‘If only we could be married,’ Walliams, 47, who divorced Dutch model Lara Stone three years ago, wrote on social media after he and Lumley had met at the House of Illustration gallery fundraising Christmas party.
Lumley, 72, radiant in a green polka dot dress, appeared to reciprocate Walliams’s adoration, judging by her smile and the warmth with which she clung to him.
He boasts of ‘loads and loads’ of love letters from ‘amorous’ female fans, but David Walliams has rarely looked happier than he did when basking in the attentions of Joanna Lumley, writes SEBASTIAN SHAKESPEARE
But she is, of course, unavailable — being happily married to conductor and composer Stephen Barlow, 64, her husband of the past 32 years.
Jonathan Munro, BBC head of Newsgathering, claimed £20.12 for a meal for two in April, under the heading ‘Sir Cliff Richard Trial’, the latest BBC expenses show. Perhaps if Cliff had been Munro’s dining companion, the pair could have hammered out an agreement that might have saved the BBC £1 million in costs and damages for invading the singer’s privacy.
Bake Off’s Nadiya turns up the heat
Not much sign of domestic harmony in the household of the Great British Bake Off star Nadiya Hussain.
Luton-born Nadiya, who had an arranged marriage with Abdal in their parents’ native Bangladesh in 2005, moans: ‘I’d love a dog, but my husband won’t let me have one.’
What’s more the mother of three complains Abdal is useless at buying presents.
‘My husband always gets jewellery wrong.
‘He once bought me this disgusting necklace that was a solid ring with a big heart hanging off it.
‘I asked my daughter if she wanted it — and she said no, because it was too ugly.’
Not much sign of domestic harmony in the household of the Great British Bake Off star Nadiya Hussain (pictured), writes SEBASTIAN SHAKESPEARE