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Series 15, Episode 7 - Dawn French, Kirsten Dunst, Bear Grylls, Conchita Wurst, Sam Smith

Dawn French and Kirsten Dunst talk about kissing, Bear Grylls talks about near death experiences, Conchita Wurst reveals Elton John sent her flowers, and Sam Smith sings live in the studio.

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Talking about starring in Interview With The Vampire aged 11, in which she played a little girl that can never grow up, Kirsten Dunst says: "I was very young and I worked very hard to get that role. My acting teacher taught me little tricks that made it seem adult but I felt very safe. I could cry very easily, I was fine and doing my job but the producers asked my parents if anything bad had happened to me in the past!"

Talking about the iconic kiss between her and Tobey Maguire in Spider-Man, she says, "We wanted it to be good but I never expected it to be so epic. You never know when you are making these things."

Dawn French, with a surprisingly acrobatic Bear, recreates the famous kiss. She also talks about the moment Brad Pitt snogged her: "I was in a restaurant with Jen (Saunders) and Terry Gilliam walked in with Brad Pitt. I passed a note to Terry that said, 'Make Brad kiss me like he's in love with me.' I got on with lunch and forgot all about it and suddenly Brad was on my face, kissing me passionately and saying, 'I'll call you.' Well, Jen's chin hit the table! It was great."

Talking about her wedding last year, she says, "There was no veil but there was a gown and flowers and a groom, that's always important. It was a quiet affair for our nearest and dearest and my daughter sang." Asked about the proposal, she says, "It was in a gondola in Venice - I know that sounds clich├ęd, but what he did do was engage the gondolier in a big, 40 minute conversation about the sewage system of Venice and then he asked me!"

Bear Grylls, talking about is own marriage proposal, reveals: "We were skinny dipping and I got down on one knee, ring in hand and a huge wave came in and just took me like tumble weed up the beach. I got it on the second go. I think she felt sorry for me."

Talking about several near-death experiences, he says "The truth is there have been a lot. They're not times I'm proud of, but they are an occupational hazard. I was doing a commercial in America and I had to take my shirt off and I have a scar on my chest. The female director asked if a crocodile had done it and I didn't know whether to admit the truth that I had taken a pizza out of the oven without my shirt on! I thought if I told her she would be so disappointed and I would have gone from hero to zero in her eyes in five seconds."

Fresh from her Eurovision win, Conchita Wurst arrives with her trophy. She says, "I am embarrassed that I take it everywhere with me." Asked how she celebrated her win she says, "I slept. I haven't celebrated yet."

On receiving a tweet from Cher following her performance, she says, "I was so excited to receive the tweet, which said, 'Darling you deserve a lovelier name and better wig.' - Cher, The Cher tweeted me!"

Revealing a bouquet of flowers was waiting for her in her dressing room at the recording of Graham's show, she says, "The card read, 'We love you, Elton and David.'"

Asked if her beard confuses people, she says, "It's my own truth. It makes me comfortable on stage. I love myself and the bearded lady is fun and expresses everything I feel. Being a teenager in a small Austrian village was not fabulous. I tried to fit in and changed myself to be part of the game. I now realise I can create the game."

Talking about people loving her, she admits that there are also haters, "Of course there are but I don't care. I don't focus on negativity, I focus on the good things."

On her plans for the future she says, "Our society is so fast so I'm going to sit back and choose wisely. I will have to make new stuff (referring to music) my goal is a Grammy so my songs will have to be good," adding, I have cast myself in the role of host at Eurovision next year in Vienna."

Sam Smith performs Stay With Me live in the studio before joining Graham for a chat.

Talking about appearing on Saturday Night Live in the States, he says, "It was the scariest night of my life."

Broadcast details

Friday 16th May 2014
50 minutes

Cast & crew

Regular cast
Graham Norton Host / Presenter
Guest cast
Dawn French Guest
Bear Grylls Guest
Kirsten Dunst Guest
Thomas Neuwirth (as Conchita Wurst) Guest
Sam Smith Guest
Writing team
Rob Colley Writer
Dan Gaster Writer
Production team
Steve Smith Director
Jon Magnusson Series Producer
Rina Dayalji Producer
Pete Snell Producer
Alan Thorpe Producer
Graham Stuart Executive Producer


Eurovision winner Conchita Wurst on fitting in

Conchita Wurst chats about trying to fit in before deciding "I create the game".

Featuring: Graham Norton, Dawn French, Bear Grylls, Kirsten Dunst, Conchita Wurst.

Dawn French & Bear Grylls discuss their marriage proposals

Dawn French chats about her husband proposing on a gondola and Bear Grylls tells how he proposed whilst skinny dipping in Spain.

Featuring: Graham Norton, Dawn French, Bear Grylls, Kirsten Dunst.


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