Graham Norton

Graham Norton is a 56 year-old Irish comedian, presenter, actor, commentator, and author whose smash-hit chat show The Graham Norton Show has one five BAFTA TV awards. Much-loved as the BBC's television commentator on the Eurovision Song Contest, and known for his innuendo-laden style of comedy, in 2016 he appeared as himself in Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie, and in 2019 was made a judge on RuPaul's Drag Race UK.

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Born
Thursday 4th April 1963
Nationality
Irish

Biography

Born in Clondalkin, Dublin, in 1963, Graham Norton's ancestors hail from Yorkshire - a fact he discovered after participating in the BBC genealogy documentary series Who Do You Think You Are?. He went on to study English and French at University College, Cork, but dropped out after two years, at which point he decided to study acting at the Central School of Speech and Drama. After joining the actor's union Equity, he discovered that there was already an actor registered under the name Graham Walker (his birth name). It was here that the figure of Graham Norton was born, taking his great-grandmother's maiden name.

After presenting Comic Relief in 1988, Norton brought a stand-up set to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, memorably dressing as Mother Teresa for one show in 1992. This led to appearance on BBC Radio 4 programme Loose Ends, and Norton went on to feature as Feather Noel Furlong in two episodes in series 2 of well-loved sitcom Father Ted, broadcast in 1996. Throughout the 90s, he would appear in many shows including The Jack Doherty Show and Bring Me The Head Of Light Entertainment, firmly establishing himself as a popular and successful comedy figure in the minds of the nation.

These initial triumphs earned him the opportunity to host two of his own shows, So Graham Norton and V Graham Norton, on Channel 4. The former, which ran from 1998-2002, won Norton a BAFTA for Best Entertainment Performance. After honing his craft with the first chat-show iterations The Graham Norton Effect (2004) and Graham Norton's Bigger Picture (2005-2006), he would follow these TV achievements with his greatest TV success, which began in 2007.

This saw the start of what would later become one of the most successful chat shows in British TV history, The Graham Norton Show. Each episode follows the same format: a short monologue by Norton himself, followed by an intimate and fast-paced interview with at least 3 guests (featuring strong adult humour and innuendo, as per Norton's hallmark style), and lastly a musical guest to play out over the credits.

Several other gimmicks have come and gone during the history of the show, from rude objects in 'Graham's drawer' and phone-calls through to hidden camera surprises and the 'Big Red Chair', a segment towards the end in which members of the public tell their funniest stories to the assembled celebrities, who decide whether to 'eject' them from the chair or allow them to 'walk' free. Having begun on BBC Two, in 2009 it shifted to BBC One with a one-hour slot, and has won 5 BAFTA awards.

Alongside this landmark show, Norton has also presented a series of reality TV musical shows on the BBC, including 'Any Dream Will Do', 'How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria?', and 'I'd Do Anything'. In 2007 he began hosting the Eurovision Dance Contest on the BBC, alongside Claudia Winkleman, and has become a regular, annual mainstay for many due to his warm, infectious wit, and glorious descriptions of the participants. In 2009 he replaced Terry Wogan as the presenter of the main show, which was hosted that year at the Olympic Stadium, Moscow.

Openly gay, Norton frequently speaks about his homosexuality, and supports the LGBTQIA+ community on a regular and active basis. On multiple occasions he has been named one of the most influential public figures in popular entertainment.

Awards

Edinburgh TV Festival Awards 2021
Best TV Presenter: Nominee
BAFTA Television Awards 2021
Best Entertainment Performance: Nominee
National Television Awards, The 2021
TV Presenter: Longlisted
BAFTA Television Awards 2020
Best Comedy and Comedy Entertainment: Nominee
BAFTA Television Awards 2020
Best Entertainment Performance: Nominee
Edinburgh TV Festival Awards 2020
Best TV Presenter: Nominee
I Talk Telly Awards 2020
Best TV Presenter: Nominee
BAFTA Television Awards 2018
Best Entertainment Performance: Winner
BAFTA Television Awards 2017
Best Entertainment Performance: Nominee
BAFTA Television Awards 2016
Best Entertainment Performance: Nominee
RTS Awards 2015
Entertainment Performance: Nominee
BAFTA Television Awards 2015
Best Comedy and Comedy Entertainment: Winner
BAFTA Television Awards 2015
Best Entertainment Performance: Nominee
VLV Awards 2015
Best TV Individual Contributor: Nominee
BAFTA Television Awards 2014
Best Comedy and Comedy Entertainment: Nominee
BAFTA Television Awards 2014
Best Entertainment Performance: Nominee
British Comedy Awards 2014
Best Comedy Entertainment Personality: Winner
British Comedy Awards 2014
King or Queen of Comedy: Nominee
BAFTA Television Awards 2013
Best Entertainment Programme or Series: Winner
British Comedy Awards 2013
King or Queen of Comedy: Nominee
British Comedy Awards 2013
Best Comedy Entertainment Personality: Nominee
BAFTA Television Awards 2013
Best Entertainment Performance: Nominee
British Comedy Awards 2012
King or Queen of Comedy: Nominee
BAFTA Television Awards 2012
Best Entertainment Performance: Winner
British Comedy Awards 2012
Best Comedy Entertainment Personality: Nominee
British Comedy Awards 2011
Best Comedy Entertainment Personality: Winner
British Comedy Awards 2011
King or Queen of Comedy: Nominee
RTS Awards 2011
Entertainment Performance: Nominee
BAFTA Television Awards 2011
Best Entertainment Performance: Winner
BAFTA Television Awards 2011
Best Entertainment Programme or Series: Nominee
BAFTA Television Awards 2010
Best Entertainment Programme or Series: Nominee
British Comedy Awards 2008
Best Comedy Entertainment Personality: Nominee
British Comedy Awards 2003
Best Comedy Entertainment Personality: Nominee
BAFTA Television Awards 2002
Best Entertainment Performance: Winner
British Comedy Awards 2002
Best Comedy Entertainment Personality: Winner
BAFTA Television Awards 2001
Best Entertainment Performance: Winner
British Comedy Awards 2001
Best Comedy Entertainment Personality: Nominee
BAFTA Television Awards 2000
Best Entertainment Performance: Winner
British Comedy Awards 2000
Best Comedy Entertainment Personality: Winner
British Comedy Awards 1999
Best Comedy Entertainment Personality: Nominee
British Comedy Awards 1998
Top BBC Two, Channel 4 or Channel 5 Comedy Personality: Nominee
Edinburgh Comedy Awards 1997
Best Comedy Show: Nominee
British Comedy Awards 1997
Best Comedy Breakthrough Artist: Winner

Credits

Year Production Role
2022 Holding Announced Writer
2021 The Graham Norton Show - Series 29 Host / Presenter
2021 Mel Giedroyc: Unforgivable - Series 1
  1. E1 - Episode One
Guest
2020 Greatest Celebrity Wind-Ups Ever! - Series 2
  1. E6 - Episode Six
Self (Archive Material)
2020 The Graham Norton Show - Series 28 Host / Presenter
2020 The Graham Norton Show - Series 27 Host / Presenter
2019 Jack Whitehall: Christmas With My Father Self
2019 The Graham Norton Show - Series 26 Host / Presenter
2019 Just A Minute - Series 85 Guest
2019 The Graham Norton Show - Series 25 Host / Presenter
2018 The Graham Norton Show - Series 24
  1. E1 - Bradley Cooper, Lady Gaga, Jodie Whittaker, Ryan Gosling, Rod Stewart
  2. E2 - Rowan Atkinson, Jamie Lee Curtis, Gary Barlow, Jeff Goldblum, Imelda May
  3. E3 - Whoopi Goldberg, Jamie Dornan, Rosamund Pike, Harry Connick Jr, BTS
  4. E4 - Michael Caine, Chris Pine, Rami Malek, Sally Field, Christine And The Queens
  5. E5 - Eddie Redmayne, Jude Law, Melissa McCarthy, Emma Stone, Rick Astley
  6. E6 - Claire Foy, Kurt Russell, David Walliams, Lee Evans, Mumford & Sons
  7. E7 - Ian McKellen, Carey Mulligan, Taron Egerton, Michael Bublé
  8. E8 - Nicole Kidman, Stephen Fry, Joe Lycett, Geraint Thomas, Take That
  9. E9 - Steve Carell, Dawn French, Michael B Jordan, Ruth Wilson, Cheryl
  10. E10 - Matthew McConaughey, John Cena, Hailee Steinfeld, Jamie Oliver, Mark Ronson, Miley Cyrus
  11. E11 - Jason Momoa, Dame Darcey Bussell, Bill Bailey, Little Mix
  12. E12 - Emily Blunt, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ben Whishaw, Emily Mortimer, Boy George & Culture Club
  13. Special - Olivia Colman, Nicholas Hoult, Keira Knightley, Guy Pearce, Rita Ora
  14. Special - Graham Norton's Good Story Guide
  15. E13 - James McAvoy, Sarah Paulson, Richard E Grant, Steve Coogan, John C Reilly, Westlife
  16. E14 - Laura Linney, Saoirse Ronan, Timothée Chalamet, Stephen Mangan, The 1975
  17. E15 - Judi Dench, Kenneth Branagh, Anthony Joshua, Greg Davies, Noomi Rapace, Claire Richards
  18. E16 - Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Jennifer Connelly, Paul Whitehouse, Chaka Khan
  19. E17 - Sir Patrick Stewart, Ricky Gervais, Regina King, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Jack Savoretti
  20. E18 - Felicity Jones, Armie Hammer, Stephen Merchant, Rob Beckett, Calvin Harris, Rag 'n' Bone Man
Host / Presenter
2018 The Graham Norton Show - Series 24 Host / Presenter
2018 The Graham Norton Show - Series 23 Host / Presenter
2017 Greatest Celebrity Wind-Ups Ever! - Series 1
    Self (Archive Material)
    2017 The Graham Norton Show - Series 22 Host / Presenter
    2017 The Graham Norton Show - Series 21 Host / Presenter
    2017 Just A Minute - Series 77 Guest
    2016 The Graham Norton Story Self (Archive Material)
    2016 The Graham Norton Show - Series 20 Host / Presenter
    2016 Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie Self
    2016 Just A Minute - Series 75 Guest
    2016 The Interviews - Series 2
    1. E4 - Julie Walters
    Self (Archive Material)
    2016 The Graham Norton Show - Series 19 Host / Presenter
    2016 Just A Minute - Series 74 Guest
    2016 Williams On The Wireless Guest
    2015 The Graham Norton Show - Series 18 Host / Presenter
    2015 The Interviews - Series 1
    1. E2 - The Two Ronnies
    Self (Archive Material)
    2015 The Graham Norton Show - Series 17 Host / Presenter
    2015 Just A Minute - Series 71 Guest
    2014 The Graham Norton Show - Series 16 Host / Presenter
    2014 The Graham Norton Show - Series 15 Host / Presenter
    2014 Just A Minute - Series 68 Guest
    2013 The Graham Norton Show - Series 14 Host / Presenter
    2013 The Graham Norton Show - Series 13 Host / Presenter
    2013 Comic Relief's Big Chat With Graham Norton Host / Presenter
    2013 Alexander Armstrong's Big Ask - Series 2
    1. E1 - Episode One
    Self
    2012 The British Comedy Awards
    1. E1 - Nomination Show 2012
    Self
    2012 The Graham Norton Show - Series 12 Host / Presenter
    2012 God Save The Queens
    1. E3 - Episode Three
    Self (Archive Material)
    2012 The Graham Norton Show - Series 11 Host / Presenter
    2012 Just A Minute
    1. E1 - Episode One
    2. E6 - Episode Six
    Guest
    2012 Alexander Armstrong's Big Ask - Series 1
    1. E1 - Episode One
    Guest
    2011 Ben Elton: Laughing At The 80s Self
    2011 Catherine Tate: Laughing At The Noughties Self
    2011 The Graham Norton Show - Series 10 Host / Presenter
    2011 Two Episodes Of Mash - Series 1
    1. E2 - Episode Two
    Self
    2011 QI - Making Of Special
    1. QI Genesis
    Guest
    2011 Jennifer Saunders: Laughing At The 90s Self
    2011 My Favourite Joke
    1. E2 - Episode Two
    2. E3 - Episode Three
    Self
    2011 Sorry, I've Got No Head - Series 3
    1. E2 - Episode Two
    Interviewer (Voice)
    2011 Incredible Women - Series 1
    1. E1 - Eleanor Fane-Gore
    Graham
    2011 And The Winner Is... - Series 2
    1. E5 - Episode Five
    Guest
    2011 The Graham Norton Show - Series 9 Host / Presenter
    2011 Small, Far Away - The World Of Father Ted Self
    2010 The Graham Norton Show - Series 8 Host / Presenter
    2010 Open That Door: Gay Comedy In The Last 30 Years Self
    2010 QI - Series H
    1. Special - Hocus Pocus
    2. Special - QI VG: Compilation Show 3
    3. Special - QI VG: Compilation Show 4
    Guest
    2010 The Graham Norton Show - Series 7 Host / Presenter
    2010 Just A Minute - Series 56 Guest
    2010 QI - Series G
    1. E6 - Genius
    2. Special - QI VG: Compilation Show 1
    3. Special - QI VG: Compilation Show 2
    Guest
    2009 The Graham Norton Show - Series 6 Host / Presenter
    2009 Friday Night With Jonathan Ross - Series 17
    1. E4 - Graham Norton, Verne Troyer, Armstrong & Miller, Shakira
    Guest
    2009 Just A Minute - Series 55 Guest
    2008 Harry Hill's TV Burp - Series 8
    1. E5 - Episode Five
    Self
    2008 The Graham Norton Show - Series 4 Host / Presenter
    2008 Sorry, I've Got No Head - Series 1
    1. E12 - Episode Twelve
    Interviewer (Voice)
    2008 The Graham Norton Show - Series 3 Host / Presenter
    2007 The Graham Norton Show - Series 2 Host / Presenter
    2007 The Graham Norton Show - Series 1 Host / Presenter
    2006 Graham Norton's Bigger Picture - Series 3 Host / Presenter
    2006 Friday Night With Jonathan Ross - Series 10
    1. E4 - Graham Norton, Dita von Teese, Sir Tom Jones, Chicane
    Guest
    2006 Graham Norton's Bigger Picture - Series 2 Host / Presenter
    2005 Graham Norton's Bigger Picture - Series 1 Host / Presenter
    2005 Absolutely Fabulous - White Box
    1. Special - Comic Relief Special
    Self
    2004 Friday Night With Jonathan Ross - Series 7
    1. E6 - Graham Norton, Björk, Duran Duran
    Guest
    2004 Comedy Connections - Series 2
    1. E3 - Father Ted
    Self
    2004 Bob Monkhouse: A BAFTA Tribute Self
    2002 Absolutely Fabulous - Gay
    1. Gay
    Self
    2001 Rex The Runt - Series 2
    1. E4 - A Crap Day Out
    The Plants (Voice)
    2001 Rex The Runt - Series 2
    1. E3 - Patio
    Osvaldo Halitosis (Voice)
    1998 So Graham Norton Host / Presenter
    1998 So Graham Norton Host / Presenter
    1998 So Graham Norton Host / Presenter
    1998 So Graham Norton Host / Presenter
    1998 So Graham Norton - Series 1 Host / Presenter
    1998 Father Ted - Series 3
    1. E4 - The Mainland
    Father Noel Furlong
    1997 Bring Me The Head Of Light Entertainment Host / Presenter
    1997 Bring Me The Head Of Light Entertainment Host / Presenter
    1997 Bring Me The Head Of Light Entertainment Host / Presenter
    1997 Bring Me The Head Of Light Entertainment Host / Presenter
    1997 Bring Me The Head Of Light Entertainment - Series 1 Host / Presenter
    1996 Father Ted - Series 2
    1. E1 - Hell
    2. E10 - Flight Into Terror
    Father Noel Furlong
    1988 Comic Relief Host / Presenter
    Graham Norton: Charlie's Angels Go To Hell Self

    Non-comedy TV and film credits may be found here:
    Graham Norton on IMDb

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