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Peter Kay is all smiles backstage at live show two months after making stage return

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Peter Kay has been out of the spotlight since 2017 (Picture: Jo Hale/Getty Images)

Peter Kay fans were delighted to see the comedian photographed backstage at Bob Harris and Danny Baker’s live show on Sunday night.

The Car Share comedian has largely stayed out of the spotlight over the past few years, having cancelled all future work projects in 2017 ‘due to unforeseen family circumstances’.

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In a rare appearance, the 48-year-old was all smiles as he posed between friends Bob and Danny while attending their show Backstage Pass at The Lowry in Salford.

Bob posted the picture to Instagram, captioning it: ‘Lads. Pre-show.’

Bob’s followers were delighted with Peter’s cameo, with one comment reading: ‘Great to see Peter Kay looking so well.’

This comes two months after Peter’s long awaited return to the stage, as he appeared at two Q&As at Manchester’s O2 Apollo in August to help raise money for student Laura Nuttall’s aggressive cancer treatment.

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Tickets for the Q&As sold out in just a half hour, as fans scrambled to see Peter in the flesh.

Seemingly surprised by the reaction from the crowd at the venue, Peter said: ‘I’ve never in my life had a standing ovation when I came on. I’m going to go away for four more years.’

He also joked that his return was ‘like getting in a hot bath’.

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The Bolton comic has been out of the public eye since his tour cancellation, bar a number of charity appearances and his TV cameo thanking the NHS for their work during the pandemic during BBC One’s Big Night In.

Peter Kay arrives at the O2 Apollo in Manchester ahead of a charity show to raise money for Laura Nuttall, 20, who has an aggressive type of brain cancer called glioblastoma multiforme. Picture date: Saturday August 7, 2021. PA Photo. See PA story SHOWBIZ Kay. Photo credit should read: Peter Powell/PA Wire
Peter made a return to comedy for a charity gig in August (Picture: PA)

Peter also delighted fans last month when he released the audiobook for his autobiography The Sound Of Laughter – 15 years after it was published.

He admitted that recording the book made him miss writing and he’s now ready to share more of his life in TV with fans in a third book.

The Phoenix Nights star said: ‘Within the first few chapters of recording, I was inspired to start to write a third book.

‘I had the idea about 10 years ago. All about working in TV. From when I started doing bit parts in Coronation Street right up to Car Share. It’s been a real joy recalling the memories. There’s over 20 years of stories about filming series like Phoenix Nights and Max & Paddy’s Road To Nowhere.

‘Appearing on chat shows like Parkinson, at the Queen’s Golden Jubilee and sharing letters from Ronnie Barker. We wrote to each other for years as pen pals until he passed away.”

‘I’m very proud of it. I’ll no doubt be recording that book too before you know it. I just hope people enjoy it as much as this first one.’

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