With his witty innuendo-laden dialogue and flamboyant presentation style, Graham Norton has become one of the most popular presenters and chat show hosts on British television. He is a five-time BAFTA TV Award winner for The Graham Norton Show, which he continues to present on BBC1.
Graham’s other television credits include So Graham Norton, V Graham Norton, The Graham Norton Effect, Graham Norton's Bigger Picture, Strictly Dance Fever, The Big Finish, The British Academy Television Awards, the Eurovision Song Contest and the Eurovision Dance Contest.
Born Graham Walker in Clondalkin, a suburb of Dublin, he grew up in Bandon, County Cork, Ireland. When he first joined Equity as a budding actor, Graham chose Norton - his great-grandmother's maiden name - as his stage name, since there was already an actor called Graham Walker. He first made his mark as a stand-up comedian in London and Edinburgh, where he was nominated for a Perrier award in 1997.
Graham’s big break was as a regular panellist on the BBC Radio 4 show Loose Ends in the early 1990s. His rise to fame continued when he won an award for his performances as the stand-in host on a late-night TV talk show on Channel 5. In 1996, he co-hosted the late-night quiz show Carnal Knowledge on ITV with Maria McErlane. That year, he also played the part of Father Noel Furlong in three episodes of the popular comedy series Father Ted.
More recently, Graham has become the UK presenter of the famous Eurovision Song Contest, replacing the much loved Sir Terry Wogan, who held that much vaunted position for many years! Despite being a brilliantly tough act to follow, Graham proved the natural choice when Sir Terry decided to retire from the role and is now a firm favourite with Eurovision devotees, as much a part of the contest to British viewers as Sir Terry was, with the witty asides to match!
Graham has also presented numerous radio programmes, including sitting in for Steve Wright and also Chris Evans on BBC Radio 2, and presenting his own weekly BBC Radio 2 Saturday show since 2010.
Graham has written three books, the autobiographical So Me and The Life And Loves Of A He Devil: A Memoir, plus his non-fictional work Ask Graham. In addition, he has made a popular stand-up DVD entitled Live At The Roundhouse.
In addition to his five BAFTA Awards for The Graham Norton Show, Graham has also won The Lew Grade Award For Entertainment and the Best Comedy Programme in The British Academy Television Awards. On 7 March 2013, Graham broke the Guinness World Record for The Most Questions Asked On A TV Chat Show on Comic Relief's Big Chat, which raised over £1 million.
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