Graham Norton.

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.

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.

Gender
Male
Nationality
Ireland
Born
Thursday 4th April 1963 (57 years-old)

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Credits

 
Year Production Role
2020 The Graham Norton Show - Series 27 Coming Soon 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 Host / Presenter
2018 The Graham Norton Show - Series 24
  1. E9 - Steve Carell, Dawn French, Michael B Jordan, Ruth Wilson, Cheryl
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. E6 - Episode Six
  2. E1 - Episode One
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. E3 - Episode Three
  2. E2 - Episode Two
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 - QI VG: Compilation Show 4
  2. Special - QI VG: Compilation Show 3
  3. Special - Hocus Pocus
Guest
2010 The Graham Norton Show - Series 7 Host / Presenter
2010 Just A Minute - Series 56 Guest
2010 QI - Series G
  1. Special - QI VG: Compilation Show 2
  2. Special - QI VG: Compilation Show 1
  3. E6 - Genius
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 Friday Night With Jonathan Ross - Series 10
  1. E4 - Graham Norton, Dita von Teese, Sir Tom Jones, Chicane
Guest
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 - Series 5 Host / Presenter
1998 So Graham Norton - Series 4 Host / Presenter
1998 So Graham Norton - Series 3 Host / Presenter
1998 So Graham Norton - Series 2 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 - Series 5 Host / Presenter
1997 Bring Me The Head Of Light Entertainment - Series 4 Host / Presenter
1997 Bring Me The Head Of Light Entertainment - Series 3 Host / Presenter
1997 Bring Me The Head Of Light Entertainment - Series 2 Host / Presenter
1997 Bring Me The Head Of Light Entertainment - Series 1 Host / Presenter
1996 Father Ted - Series 2
  1. E10 - Flight Into Terror
  2. E1 - Hell
Father Noel Furlong
1988 Comic Relief Host / Presenter

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