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Graham Norton (born Graham William Walker, 4.4.1963)
Graham Norton is an Irish television presenter and comedian.
Childhood & Early Career: Graham Norton was born in Dublin and was later raised in Bandon, County Cork. After some time studying at University College Cork, he dropped out of his studies, in order to move to San Francisco.
On his return to Great Britain, Graham Norton attended London's Central School of Speech and Drama. In 1992, he took his comedy / drag act to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, playing a tea-towel-wearing Mother Teresa of Calcutta.
A Career in Show-business: In the early 1990s, Graham Norton made his broadcasting debut when he had a regular slot on BBC radio 4's Loose Ends. When Channel 5 first started up, Graham Norton was one of its earliest stars, winning an award for his work standing in for Jack Docherty on a late night chat show.
Graham Norton then hosted a comedy quiz show entitled Bring Me the Head of Light Entertainment, as well as another quiz show, Carnal Knowledge, with Maria McErlane.
In 1996, Graham Norton appeared in three episodes of the sitcom Father Ted, which starred Dermot Morgan and Ardal O'Hanlan. Norton then moved to Channel 4, hosting his own chat shows, such as So Graham Norton and V Graham Norton, during which his flamboyant presenting style became increasingly pronounced. In 2003, however, he was the subject of an inquiry by the Independent Television Commission, when he made an on-air joke about the death of Maurice Gibb, singer of the Bee Gees. Graham Norton was made to apologise in person.
2004 saw Graham Norton venture across the Atlantic to launch a career on the US. He began hosting The Graham Norton Effect on Comedy Central but he failed to gain the popularity that he has in the UK.
Graham Norton's next move was to the BBC, where he was chosen as the host of the Saturday evening series Strictly Dance Fever and Graham Norton's Bigger Picture, which included guests such as Jenny Eclair, Cate Blanchett, Elijah Wood and Davina McCall. Norton also read a number of bedtime stories on Bedtime Hour, part of the schedule on the children's channel CBeebies.
In 2006, Graham Norton landed the role of Mr. Puckov in the 2006 spoof Another Gay Movie, as well as hosting the BBC's How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria? The show was a public search for an actress to play the lead in Andrew Lloyd Webber's own version of The Sound of Music. The eventual winner was Connie Fisher. Norton also hosted the follow-up shows, Any Dream Will Do (in which Lee Mead landed a role in Joseph and His Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat) and I'd Do Anything (earning a place in Sir Cameron Mackintosh's production of Oliver! for Jodie Prenger).
Graham Norton then hosted the annual Eurovision Dance Contest with Claudia Winkleman in September 2007 and both presenters resumed the role the following year. In 2008, it was announced that Graham Norton would replace Terry Wogan as the presenter of the Eurovision Song Contest preliminaries, Your Country Needs You. Later that year, it was announced that he would also become the presenter of the Eurovision Song Contest.
Graham Norton also featured in the video for the Comic Relief single by Sugababes and Girls Aloud. The single was a cover of 'Walk This Way' by Aerosmith.
Norton's most recent chat show also began in 2007 on BBC Two. The show moved to BBC One in 2009 and when Jonathan Ross announced that he would not be renewing his contract with the BBC in 2010, there were a number of media speculations that Graham Norton's show would be considered the replacement for Friday Night with Jonathan Ross.
In January 2009, Graham Norton appeared in the West End, in a production of La Cage Aux Folles. It was his stage debut, not counting his earlier drag and comedy appearances.
Personal Life: Graham Norton briefly had a relationship with Carl Austin, a previous winner of Mr Gay UK.
Will the referendum result mean Britain is out of the annual competition?
On Friday (June 24) Britain voted to leave the EU in a historic referendum result. The decision to leave the EU has thrown up a lot of questions for the British public, but for some, the worry that we may no longer be able to compete in the Eurovision Song Contest is top of their list.
Eurovision host Graham Norton.
But Eurovision fans have nothing to worry about, we will of course still be able to enter after Brexit. On Friday many fans took to Twitter to voice their concerns, but the contest’s official account was quick to give assurances, tweeting: ‘British referendum outcome doesn't impact @Eurovision presence of the UK. @BBCEurovision, be welcome next year!’
Continue reading: Will The UK Still Be Able To Take Part In The Eurovision After Brexit?
Barlow will be the main judge and Mel Giedroyc and Graham Norton will present on 'Let It Shine', which looks for participants for a Take That musical.
The BBC has announced that Gary Barlow will be the centrepiece of the next big talent show rollout in its search for a reliable Saturday night TV hit, with the Take That singer auditioning hopefuls with the aim of putting together a ‘Mamma Mia’-style stage musical.
‘Let It Shine’ will be co-presented by Graham Norton and ‘Great British Bake-Off’ host Mel Giedroyc, in a format strongly redolent of BBCOne’s former hit ‘I’d Do Anything’, Barlow and other judges will be seeking to assemble a new group of performers for a production called ‘The Band’, which will feature the music of Take That.
The musical in question has been assembled by Barlow and his bandmates Howard Donald and Mark Owen.
Continue reading: Gary Barlow To Front New BBC1 Saturday Night Talent Show 'Let It Shine'
Speaking on 'The Graham Norton' show, Goldblum said "two films was enough" although he was available for the film.
Jeff Goldblum has left fans of the Jurassic World series disappointed as he revealed that he won’t be starring in the massive blockbuster’s sequel either.
The actor, who played a prominent role in the original 1993 hit Jurassic Park and its 1997 follow-up The Lost World: Jurassic Park, chose to give the 2015 re-boot a miss. Now, he’s told British TV host Graham Norton that he’s not going to take part in Jurassic World 2.
Speaking on ‘The Graham Norton Show’ this week, which is due to air on Friday night (June 10th), Goldblum was asked about the prospects of jumping back into the franchise, and revealed that while he was available, he wasn’t taking part.
Continue reading: Jeff Goldblum Will Not Be Starring In 'Jurassic World 2', He Reveals
Lawrence went to join his table on a night out a few months ago, but Ford didn't know who she was - "he just stared at me!"
She’s the highest-earning actress in Hollywood, but it seems that not everybody knows who Jennifer Lawrence is, as she revealed an embarrassing recent encounter when Harrison Ford gave her a blank stare of non-recognition.
The 25 year old star of X-Men Apocalypse was chatting with British TV host Graham Norton this week, filming an episode of his chat show that is due to air on Friday evening (May 13th). Recollecting the highly awkward incident, she said it happened earlier this year when she was on a night out with comedian Jack Whitehall, and spotted the Han Solo actor dining with Star Wars: The Force Awakens director Jj Abrams.
Jennifer Lawrence recounted the embarrassing incident to Graham Norton on his chat show this week
Continue reading: Jennifer Lawrence Admits Embarrassing Encounter With Harrison Ford
You know how it is - a few drinks, and you want to set the world to rights in messages of 140 characters.
She’s probably the most powerful woman in pop music at the moment, with her third album just a fortnight away from release, but Adele has hilariously revealed that she’s not allowed to send her own tweets because she used to post on Twitter while drunk.
The 27 year old superstar has over 24 million followers on the social networking site, but admitted that everything she wants to tweet now has to be checked over by two people from her management company and “signed off”, after she nearly landed herself in hot water in the past by tweeting after a few drinks. We’ve all been there.
Adele revealed as part of her upcoming BBC special that she's banned from tweeting by herself
Miller appeared with her 'Burnt' colleague Bradley Cooper on the BBC chat show, but wasn't wearing a Remembrance Sunday poppy.
The actress appeared on Norton’s Friday night chat show alongside her Burnt co-star Bradley Cooper, but was slammed by eagle-eyed viewers who noticed that she was the only guest who wasn’t wearing a poppy. Fellow stars Dame Maggie Smith and Alex Jennings, as well as the host, had the symbol adorning their clothes.
Sienna Miller with her 'Burnt' co-star Bradley Cooper
The ITV drama is in the middle of its sixth and final season, before a Christmas special wraps it up for good.
Many will be sad to see ‘Downton Abbey’ finally closing its doors upon the conclusion of the Christmas special this year, but one of its key stars won’t be viewing it with too much unhappiness. Dame Maggie Smith has said that she’s “glad” to be saying goodbye after six years.
80 year old Smith, who plays the irrepressible matriarch Violet Crawley in the ITV series, spoke to the ‘Graham Norton Show’ on the BBC on Friday night (October 30th) about how she’s pleased to finally wrap up the popular drama.
“I’m glad it’s over, I really am,” she said frankly. “By the time we finished she (Countess of Grantham) must have been about 110. It couldn’t go on and on, it just didn’t make sense.” Asked whether she would like to be in the movie, which has long been mooted by the series’ creator Julian Fellowes, she replied simply “I can’t. What age would she be?”
She's said 'Hello', now we're hoping we don't hear 'Goodbye' anytime soon.
Adele is making a comeback and so far she's received an ecstatic response. There's a huge buzz surrounding her new single, and she's preparing to unveil a few more wonders on an hour-long TV special featuring the young singer being interviewed by Graham Norton on BBC One.
Adele is coming to BBC One for a proper comeback
As well as performing a live rendition of her heart-wrenching new ballad 'Hello', she'll be opening up to Irish radio presenter and comedian Norton and giving viewers a glimpse into what else to expect from her upcoming album. The video for 'Hello' has already broken the Vevo record for landing the most views in 24 hours, and has amassed more than 90 million in total. It's her first song since 2012's Bond theme track 'Skyfall' and she'll be following it up with a predictably titled third album, '25', on November 20th 2015.
Continue reading: Adele Returns To Our Screens With BBC Special Presented By Graham Norton
The 'Suffragette' star and her rock star husband Marcus Mumford welcomed their daughter into the world "three weeks ago".
After a long period of silence surrounding the birth of her first child, big screen star Carey Mulligan finally confirmed that she is the mother of a baby girl born “three weeks ago”.
30 year old Mulligan, who is married to rock star Marcus Mumford, appeared on the ‘Graham Norton Show’ at the weekend and confirmed that she had given birth to their daughter in September. The British actress never actually confirmed that she was pregnant, with the media speculating in April as she appeared in public in a series of loose-fitting tops hiding her baby bump.
A source told Us Weekly at the time: “They weren't planning on announcing, but she hasn't stopped working. Everybody around her is being very supportive. The show ends soon and they're going back to England after.”
Continue reading: Carey Mulligan Confirms She's Given Birth To A Baby Girl
Hiddleston can recite whole scenes from ‘Heat’ and isn't afraid to do it in front of De Niro himself.
Any good Tom Hiddleston fan knows that the Avengers star likes to show off his impersonation skills, but on 'The Graham Norton Show' on Friday he really put his talents to the test, by impersonating Robert De Niro in front of the man himself.
Tom Hiddleston showed off his impersonation skills on ‘The Graham Norton Show’.
Hiddleston was appearing on Norton’s sofa along with De Niro and his The Intern co-star Anne Hathaway as well as Kenneth Branagh, who directed the first Thor movie. De Niro of course is one of the most imitated stars in all of Hollywood, something which, luckily for Hiddleston, the legendary actor doesn't mind.
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RT @Telegraph: Dear Graham Norton: "We're broke, but the only job on offer is coming from my ex" https://t.co/41RpbYDrfd @grahnort
Dear Graham Norton: https://t.co/uc8ifr0lzS via @telegraph
The moon over Dunmanus Bay tonight at 9.30. Taken with my phone. No filter. Crazy beautiful! https://t.co/C3XZPFyumy
@mariamcerlane I'm blushing. Thank you! xxx
@Hollyhock42 I'm not 100% sure but I can't see why not. Check with the venue and they will know. xx
@SteveBoylan @HodderBooks That makes me pathetically pleased! Thank you! #readholding
@SwearyLady Loved it but was a little distracted thinking about @SJP reading it in the Hamptons! Huge congratulations. x
Believe the hype! @SwearyLady has written a raucous heartwrenching tour de force #summerreading #thegloriousheresies https://t.co/G9mI3nA3Ux
Dear Graham Norton: 'Why do I feel guilty about my selfish mother?' https://t.co/VuBbh3hGT3 via @telegraph
Congrats to @HeronArtGallery Well deserved! https://t.co/jHsTXr2uhS
@Nigella_Lawson I'll be sure to get you a few cases!! xx
Huge congrats to the O'Donovan brothers from Skibbereen!! #rio2016 #silver #PullLikeADog
It's an article about wine sillies! - Big red from Down Under to be Graham Norton's Own https://t.co/ZRfmZHEojz
@angiehall65 October 6th to be precise! @Jenny_McShane must have got hold of one of the uncorrected proofs that the publishers send out. Soz
That makes me so happy. Thank you! @Jenny_McShane https://t.co/FjLEly0CRY
@Alison_CD2012 October the 6th from all good and bad bookshops. #readholding
RT @GayTimesMag: .@grahnort and @NicoleScherzy to guest judge on @RuPaul’s Drag Race #AllStars2 https://t.co/s1eUg0Y0qt https://t.co/UyCp0…
Listening to @talktojoe1850 and Anne @RTERadio1 is one of the most life enhancing and profound pieces of radio I've ever heard. Thank you.
RT @ThePackBelthorn: Here is our #wine of the month. Graham Norton's very own Sauvignon Blanc #delicious @InvivoWines @grahnort https://t.c…