Paddy Spooner, from Hampshire, England, is notable for being the only person in the world to appear on three international versions of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? - the Australian, British and Irish versions respectively. He won $250,000 on the Australian version, the same amount in pounds sterling on the British version, and €1,000 on the Irish version. When he appeared on the British show he was the fourth person to win a quarter of a million.

Australian version

Paddy on the Australian version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?.

Paddy appeared on the Australian version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? on April 28, 1999, in its first season, when the money tree consisted of only 11 questions. He answered 9 questions correctly to win $250,000 and become Australia's biggest winner for one year and four months until Trevor Sauer won $500,000 on August 28, 2000. He also became the only contestant of the show under the 11-question format to see the penultimate question.

Fastest Finger First

Fastest Finger First Question
By what stage name do we better know Helen Porter Mitchell?
• A: Gladys Moncrieff • B: Dame Nellie Melba
• C: Lille Langtry • D: Gracie Fields
From 10 contestants, 2 got it right, but Paddy got the right answer fastest in 4.21 seconds.

Paddy's Run to The Million

$1,000 (1 of 11) - Not Timed
Which bird has the type called 'redbreast'?
• A: Kookaburra • B: Eagle
• C: Robin • D: Tern
$2,000 (2 of 11) - Not Timed
'If anything can go wrong, it will' is known as whose Law?
• A: Rafferty's • B: Murphy's
• C: Hobson's • D: Parkinson's
$4,000 (3 of 11) - Not Timed
Which sea separates Australia and New Zealand?
• A: Coral • B: Tasman
• C: Arafura • D: Timor
$8,000 (4 of 11) - Not Timed
Making up which '80s rock duo were Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart?
• A: Tears For Tears • B: Wham!
• C: Eurythmics • D: Yazoo
$16,000 (5 of 11) - Not Timed
Dubbed the 'Laureate of the Larrikin' was the Australian poet C.J who?
'Ask the Audience' lifeline used.
• A: Paterson • B: Murray
• C: Wright • D: Dennis
Ask the Audience Results: A: 30% • B: 10% • C: 11% • D: 49%
$32,000 (6 of 11) - Not Timed
What name was shared by a series of cars, speedboats and hydrofoils driven by Sir Malcolm and Donald Campbell?
• A: Bluebird • B: Bowerbird
• C: Blackbird • D: Bellbird
$64,000 (7 of 11) - Not Timed
Who was Hitler's Minister for Propaganda?
• A: Joseph Goebbels • B: Hermann Goering
• C: Rudolf Hess • D: Heinrich Himmler
$125,000 (8 of 11) - Not Timed
What is the name for the western half of New Guinea?
• A: Irian Jaya • B: East Timor
• C: Java • D: Sarawak
$250,000 (9 of 11) - Not Timed
The last convicts transported from Britain arrived in Fremantle in which year?
• A: 1848 • B: 1858
• C: 1868 • D: 1878
Klaxon called time.
Paddy Spooner with his cheque for $250,000 with Eddie McGuire.

$500,000 (10 of 11) - Not Timed
In which of the sciences did Australian Sir T. W. Edgeworth David specialize?
'50:50' and 'Phone-A-Friend' lifelines used.
• A: Geology • B: ?
• C: Chemistry • D: ?
Paddy Spooner used 50:50 and Phone-A-Friend (calling his flatmate Steve Freyer), but still wasn't sure so he took the money. The correct answer is A: Geology.

British version

Paddy made his second international appearance on the UK version of the show on March 30, 2000. He won £250,000, the same amount of money he won in Australia, but in a different currency. He was the fifth person in the UK to see the £500,000 question.

Fastest Finger First

Fastest Finger First Question
Starting with the lowest in value, put these pre-decimal coins in order:
• A: Half-crown • B: Sixpence
• C: Guinea • D: Farthing
From the 10 starting contestants, 7 got it right, but Paddy (with a time of 4.26 seconds) was the fastest to correctly answer D-B-A-C, making it into the Hot Seat.

Paddy's Run to The Million

£100 (1 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of these is a popular jumping toy for children?
• A: Walking stick • B: Pogo stick
• C: Cocktail stick • D: Dipstick
£200 (2 of 15) - Not Timed
In the Bible, what did Adam and Eve use to cover their modesty?
• A: Blades of grass • B: Fig leaves
• C: Apples • D: Thermal underwear
£300 (3 of 15) - Not Timed
Which creatures famously joined Hannibal on a journey across the Alps?
• A: Mice • B: Elephants
• C: Giraffes • D: Kangaroos
£500 (4 of 15) - Not Timed
The platypus is native to which country?
• A: Germany • B: Australia
• C: Iceland • D: Jamaica
£1,000 (5 of 15) - Not Timed
Which flowers is traditionally associated with Remembrance Day?
• A: Poppy • B: Daisy
• C: Peony • D: Violet
£2,000 (6 of 15) - Not Timed
At the start of a game of chess, there are sixteen of which piece on the board?
• A: Pawn • B: Knight
• C: Rook • D: Bishop
£4,000 (7 of 15) - Not Timed
Who starred in the films 'The Mask' and 'The Truman Show'?
• A: Billy Crystal • B: Kevin Kline
• C: Jim Carrey • D: Bill Murray
£8,000 (8 of 15) - Not Timed
What colour is the dye made from woad, said to have been used by Ancient Britons as a battle paint?
'Ask The Audience' lifeline used
• A: Green • B: Blue
• C: Red • D: Yellow
Ask the Audience Results: A: 14% • B: 55% • C: 18% • D: 13%
£16,000 (9 of 15) - Not Timed
In which English city will the Commonwealth Games be held in 2002?
'Phone-A-Friend' lifeline used
• A: Birmingham • B: London
• C: Manchester • D: Newcastle
Paddy used the Phone-A-Friend lifeline and phoned Nick who was 90% certain it was Manchester, which was right.
£32,000 (10 of 15) - Not Timed
Who composed the theme from the film 'The Pink Panther'?
• A: Marvin Hamlisch • B: John Williams
• C: Henry Mancini • D: Burt Bacharach
£64,000 (11 of 15) - Not Timed
The Galapagos Islands belong to which country?
• A: Chile • B: Spain
• C: Ecuador • D: Mexico
£125,000 (12 of 15) - Not Timed
In Charles Dickens' 'David Copperfield', what is Mr Micawber's first name?
'50:50' lifeline used
• A: Thomas • B: Joe
• C: Wilkins • D: Daniel
£250,000 (13 of 15) - Not Timed
In which of these cities was the doge once an important figure?
• A: Berlin • B: Geneva
• C: Seville • D: Venice
£500,000 (14 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of these is not a ship built by Isambard Kingdom Brunel?
• A: Great Western • B: Great Eastern
• C: Great Britain • D: Great Republic
Paddy walked away with £250,000, and said his guess would have been Great Western. If he went for it he would have lost £218,000, the right answer was Great Republic.

Irish version

Paddy made his third international appearance when he was a contestant on Ireland's version of the show in 2002. He only won €1,000 though, as he did not know the name of Pierce Brosnan's baby for €4,000. Flipping an old £1 coin to decide on the answer.


In May 2003 it was claimed that he ran a syndicate where contestants gatecrashed their way onto the show by helping contestants on the phone lines question in return for a percentage of the contestants winnings.


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