Peter Kay’s eye-popping earnings revealed after his tour sold out in minutes

PETER KAY has a cool £22.6million sitting in his company accounts – and the superstar comic’s not even been working.

The figure released yesterday comes just before his upcoming tour, which will be another huge money-spinner.

Comic Peter Kay has £22.6million sitting in his company accounts ahead of his sold out tour

Comic Peter Kay has £22.6million sitting in his company accounts ahead of his sold out tourCredit: PA

A source said: “The accounts just prove what a huge success Peter is.

“His royalties and merchandise still tick along every year, despite his recent inactivity.

“He’s also very savvy with his cash, as he’s made lots of wise investments.”

The accounts for his main company, Hussein Traders Ltd, showed that he has £22.6million in investments, and is £10.5million in profit. Peter has taken time away from the spotlight since 2017 when he cancelled his UK tour due to “unforeseen family circumstances”.

His appearances over the past few years have been limited to only a surprise showing during a charity screening of his series Car Share in 2018, a cameo on Cat Deeley‘s Radio 2 show in January 2021 and hosting two charity events to raise money for cancer sufferer Laura Nuttall seven months later.

He also made a brief return in April 2020 for the BBC’s Big Night In, when Children In Need and Comic Relief combined.

Since announcing his comeback earlier this month however, Peter is firmly back in the spotlight.

He appeared on Zoe Ball‘s Radio 2 Breakfast Show to promote his new monthly residency at London’s O2 Arena, which runs from December 16 until November 18 next year, having already announced tour dates across the UK.

The Phoenix Nights favourite is the first comedian ever to secure such a deal.

He said: “There has basically been me and Prince who have done it — and look what happened to him.

Michael Jackson, he was another, he was supposed to do 50 nights. I got his shows.”

Each one of the gigs is sure to be a Thriller.


MARK WRIGHT will be joined by the great and good of reality telly when his latest show lands in the new year.

He is fronting The Challenge for Channel 5, an adventure series that is already a big hit in the US.

Mark Wright is fronting The Challenge for Channel 5 in the new year

Mark Wright is fronting The Challenge for Channel 5 in the new yearCredit:

Reality stars compete in action tasks around the world to win cash prizes and avoid elimination.

I can reveal Celebrity Big Brother finalist and judo Olympian Ashley McKenzie is on board.

Another name is 2018 Love Island beauty Kaz Crossley, who has already experienced the Stateside version.

They will join those already rumoured to feature, including Towie’s James Lock, Made In Chelsea’s Tristan Phipps and other Love Islanders Arabella Chi, Marcel Somerville and Kaz Kamwi.

With Mark’s own Towie roots, he’s perfect for the job.

Shirley’s festive

SHIRLEY Ballas will be revealing her festive memories to comic actress Sally Phillips on My Life At Christmas.

The show – one of the many new religion and ethics programmes on the BBC next month – will also feature former Strictly Come Dancing contestant Richard Coles.


DAVID SEAMAN and Paul Gascoigne could have been the Ant & Dec of angling.

The ex-England teammates filmed a one-off special with website Fishing Republic – and there was hope the pair could have landed a series.

Paul Gascoigne and David Seaman could have been the Ant & Dec of angling

Paul Gascoigne and David Seaman could have been the Ant & Dec of anglingCredit: Getty Images – Getty

But it doesn’t sound like a goer, which might be some relief to David, who found his pal a little too loud. The goalkeeping great explained: “I normally go on my own, so it was great to take a friend.

“It has been Gazza in recent months but he is a bit too noisy. He is doing all right, he is up and down. He loves his fishing and it was great to do a programme with him.”

They have teamed up to promote mental health campaign Hats On For Mind, with beanies available to buy at GO Outdoors, Fishing Republic, Blacks and Millets.

David also revealed they have not lost the competitive edge, and added: “He so wants to win at everything. But he never beats me.”


THERE were emotional scenes on EastEnders last night when young Lexi Mitchell found out mum Lola Pearce has been diagnosed with a brain tumour.

The BBC One soap has worked closely with Hope Support Services to make sure the scenes of hairdresser Lola, played by Danielle Harold, are portrayed as sensitively as possible for all children who have parents experiencing a terminal illness.

Lorna Russell, from Hope Support Services, said: “Lots of families will understand how distressing it can be for children when someone they love has cancer, so we’re pleased to see EastEnders focusing on how Lexi is affected by Lola’s tumour.”

Strictly obsessed

STRICTLY’s Janette Manrara has an obsession with bananas.

On the latest episode of Nick Grimshaw and Angela Hartnett‘s new weekly food and drink podcast, Dish, alongside hubby and fellow dancer Aljaz Skorjanec, she admitted eating them with everything, even spaghetti.