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 appeared on Australia's 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 five months until Trevor Sauer won $500,000 on August 28, 2000.

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 to 11) - Not Timed
Which bird has the type called 'redbreast'?
• A: Kookaburra • B: Eagle
• C: Robin • D: Tern
$2,000 (2 to 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 to 11) - Not Timed
Which sea seperates Australia and New Zealand?
• A: Coral • B: Tasman
• C: Arafura • D: Timor
$8,000 (4 to 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 to 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 to 11) - Not Timed
What name was shared by a series of cars, speedboats and hydrofoils driven by Sir Malcom and Donald Campbell?
• A: Bluebird • B: Bowerbird
• C: Blackbird • D: Bellbird
$64,000 (7 to 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 to 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 to 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.
$500,000 (10 to 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.

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 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 to 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 to 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 to 15) - Not Timed
Which creatures famously joined Hannibal on a journey across the Alps?
• A: Mice • B: Elephants
• C: Giraffes • D: Kangaroos
£500 (4 to 15) - Not Timed
The platypus is native to which country?
• A: Germany • B: Australia
• C: Iceland • D: Jamaica
£1,000 (5 to 15) - Not Timed
Which flowers is traditionally associated with Remembrance Day?
• A: Poppy • B: Daisy
• C: Peony • D: Violet
£2,000 (6 to 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 to 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 to 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 to 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 to 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 to 15) - Not Timed
The Galapagos Islands belong to which country?
• A: Chile • B: Spain
• C: Ecuador • D: Mexico
£125,000 (12 to 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 to 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 to 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 Brosnam'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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