Michael Joseph Pennington (born 5 September 1970), better known as Johnny Vegas, is an English comedian and actor. He is known for his portly figure, angry comedic rants, surreal humour, northern accent, and husky voice.
His television roles have included Al in the ITV Digital and PG Tips adverts, drug dealer Moz in the BBC dark comedy Ideal, Geoff Maltby in the ITV sitcom Benidorm, and Eric Agnew in the BBC sitcom Still Open All Hours.
Vegas was born Michael Joseph Pennington on 5 September 1970 in the Thatto Heath area of St Helens, Lancashire, the youngest of four children of Lawrence and Patricia (née Jones) Pennington. He and his elder siblings Robert, Mark, and Catharine were brought up as Roman Catholics. At the age of 11, he attended St Joseph's College in Upholland, a Catholic boarding-school seminary, to train for the priesthood, but came back homesick after four terms.