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Patrick Kielty firm profits rise to nearly £1m

By Gordon Deegan

Funnyman Patrick Kielty is laughing all the way to the bank, with profits at his firm last year of almost £1m.

Accounts recently lodged by Kielty's Boxed Productions Ltd with Companies House in the UK show that the firm's accumulated profits in the 12 months to the end of March last year increased by £92,357, going from £834,663 to £927,020.

A native of Dundrum, Co Down, Kielty is a popular face on UK TV and has presented shows on the BBC, ITV and Channel 4 including Fame Academy, Love Island and Stand Up For The Week.

The abridged accounts for the 45-year old Irish entertainer's firm do not provide details of revenues, salaries, or if any dividends were paid in the year to the end of March 31 last.

The figures do show that the firm's cash pile marginally declined, going from £379,700 to £361,296.

During the same 12-month period, the monies owed to the firm by debtors increased from £413,359 to £543,870.

The firm's fortunes were boosted by Kielty's 'Help' Live Tour in 2015, where the comedian performed to sell-out crowds across the UK. Before completing the nationwide tour in the UK, Kielty showcased the show at the Edinburgh Festival.

Kielty married TV personality Cat Deeley in a secret ceremony in Rome in September 2012 and the two split their time between Northern Ireland, Los Angeles and London due to their respective work commitments.

Kielty's new BBC2 evening-time quiz show Debatable enjoyed a successful run last year.

The series - which involves a panel of three well-known personalities using their knowledge and debating skills to try and help a contestant win money - was commissioned for a second series last November.

Kielty began stand-up while studying psychology at Queen's University in Belfast.

He has enjoyed a lucrative career between his stand-up performances and various TV presenting and hosting roles.

The versatile performer doesn't take his career for granted either.

Previously, he has said: "Comedians are very lucky people. We're not like actors - we don't have to wait for a script to drop through the door - or presenters, where they're going in and pitching themselves to present a show.

"If you've got a show, you can write it and put tickets on sale. It's a nice bit of independence and I don't want to give it up again.

"Personally, I think you should be able to see the comedian's eyes if you go to a stand-up gig, as opposed to the eyes on the screen at the side of the stage."

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