Phoenix Nights Spencer star unrecognisable 20 years after Peter Kays show end

Channel 4's hit sitcom Phoenix Nights ended two decades ago after only two series, but it is still etched in the brains of viewers.

Actor Daniel Kitson, who played barman Spencer on the series, looks totally unrecognisable as fans of the show can't believe how much he has changed.

In pictures found on the Guardian, he looks a far cry from his former alter ego with thin glasses, a thick beard and much shorter hair.

Fans of the show know that slow-witted Spencer had chin-length light brown hair and thick rimmed glasses when he was seen behind the bar.

Daniel, now 44, is a stand-up comedian and performs around the country for festivals and theatres after his small stint in the show inspired by Peter Kay.

He presents a breakfast show on Resonance FM in London and also has released his own cassette tape called Shenigan this year.

During 2020, he also performed live screenings of his show The Interminable Suicide of Gregory Church.

Phoenix Nights first aired on Channel 4 in 2001 and quickly became a fab favourite, winning People's Choice Award at the British Comedy Awards in 2002.

It also shot comedian Peter Kay into fame as he played three different actors on the show, as well as writing and directing some episodes.

Peter wrote the show alongside Neil Fitzmaurice and Dave Spikey, who also appeared on the show, but their working relationship disintegrated into a bitter feud.

After the show ended, Spikey accused Kay of taking the credit for the success of the show.

He told the MEN in 2010: "He rang me and Neil Fitzmaurice, the other writer on Phoenix Nights, and said we’d been nominated for a Writers Guild Of Great Britain award.

"We thought it was fantastic, only for it to go away and for us to discover that actually we hadn’t been nominated, it was only Peter. And you think, ‘well, he’s probably not going to accept that because of all the work we did’.

"There were three writers. If you’re talking about the person who sat down at the end and collated everything and wrote it, then that was Peter. If that’s how you qualify, by putting the words on the paper, then so be it."

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