Remember Phoenix Nights' Young Kenny? Actor Justin Moorhouse is unrecognisable 20 years later

NEARLY two decades have passed since Phoenix Nights graced our screens – and many of its fans have been left wondering what the cast have been up to since.

Revolving around a working men’s club in Bolton, the Channel 4 sitcom first aired in 2001 and only lasted for two series – but its characters will never be forgotten.


In particular Young Kenny – portrayed by Justin Moorhouse – who is completely unrecognisable since appearing on the show created by Peter Kay.

Justin, now 51, had the role of idiotic handyman Kenny, who wasn't exactly the sharpest tool in the box. 

Kenny once had to walk around with his face painted like a tiger for days because of a dodgy face painting job at a family fun day.

The stand-up comedian went on to star in the blockbuster film Looking For Eric alongside football legend Eric Cantona.

From 2010 to 2011 he starred in Harold Brighouse's play Zack at the Royal Exchange in Manchester and he spent a year playing Dean Upton on Coronation Street between 2014 and 2015.

Justin has appeared on Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow, Celebrity Mastermind, Still Open All Hours and wrote and appeared in his own BBC Radio 4 show Everyone Quite Likes Justin.

Phoenix Nights cemented itself as a cult classic that still has legions of fans to this day and won the People's Choice Award at the British Comedy Awards in 2002.

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The standout star from the series was Peter who, as well as writing and directing episodes, also played three different characters – with some even appearing in the same scenes.

The main focus was on wheelchair-user Brian Potter's attempts to make the club a success despite his bumbling staff and rough punters, as well as his clashes with rival club owner Den Perry.

Peter wrote the show along with Neil Fitzmaurice and Dave Spikey, who also played major characters, but this led to a bitter feud once the show ended.


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