Patrick Kielty or known by his fellow Irish as just “Paddy” (born 31 January 1971) is a Northern Irish television personality. He was born in Dundrum, County Down, Northern Ireland.
Patrick’s career started while he was still a student at Queen’s University of Belfast. He became well known locally for his stand-up comedy routines at The Empire pub comedy nights (branded as The Empire Laughs Back ). In 1993 Patrick Kielty presented the show SUS on UTV. He later became the warm-up act for a BBC Northern Ireland programme Anderson on the Box presented by local personality Gerry Anderson. When this show was axed, he presented its replacement, PK Tonight .
Although this ran for only a year and was only shown in Northern Ireland, it did attract the attention of London-based broadcasters and he graduated to presenting programmes such as Last Chance Lottery and Patrick Kielty Almost Live which were shown throughout the UK.
He continues to appear on national television, tending to favour light-entertainment shows such as the BBCs Fame Academy and Love Island for ITV in both 2005 and 2006. Also in 2006, Patrick hosted a segment on ITV’s coverage of The Prince’s Trust 30th Birthday LIVE , alongside Kate Thornton.
In 2006 Patrick returned to the stand-up scene with a brand new UK tour.