JK Rowling will pay tribute to her friend Peter Kay in BBC1’s Christmas Eve show about the Bolton comic

Exclusive: The Harry Potter author is filming an interview for the seasonal special profiling the comedian's 20-year career

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If you are going to have someone sing your praises then one of the most successful writers on the planet is probably as good a person as any…

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Harry Potter author JK Rowling will be one of those paying tribute to Peter Kay in a special BBC1 programme dedicated to the Bolton comic airing on Christmas Eve. 

Rowling is an old friend of Kay’s and in 2009 was pictured dancing with him at a charity ball (below).

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And in 2011 she was spotted watching Take That perform at Glasgow’s Hampden Park with the comedian. 

The profile show, Peter Kay: 20 Years of Funny, will chart the Phoenix Nights and Car Share star’s life from his childhood growing up in Bolton, via the places and people who have influenced him, to his rise “to become a household name and national treasure”. 

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Other names expected to “share their insights into just what makes Peter tick” include Four Weddings and a Funeral and Love, Actually scriptwriter Richard Curtis and author and broadcaster Danny Baker.