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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.
The actress loves inking her friends and she got to do it on television.
As most Margot Robbie fans will know, she's got a huge passion for tattooing and regularly goes around etching small body art pieces for her friends and colleagues. So, naturally, when she appeared on 'The Graham Norton Show', he had a tattoo gun all set up for you.
Margot Robbie at the world premiere of 'Goodbye Christopher Robin'
After getting matching 'toe-mojis' with Cara Delevingne on the set of 'Suicide Squad' and showing them off on Instagram, the media has been fascinated with Margot Robbie's secret obsession. Of course, not everyone on the movie was up for getting a smiley face on their big toe.
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Promoting his new Amazon series 'I Love Dick', Bacon said that he found an experience when he went shopping in disguise "awful" because no-one recognised him.
Many celebrities complain about the lack of privacy that comes with fame, particularly about being virtually unable to walk down the street without being recognised. Not Kevin Bacon, however, who says he couldn’t imagine going back to being anonymous!
The 58 year old Hollywood legend stopped by ‘The Graham Norton Show’ this week, to film an episode of the chat show which goes out on Friday (May 5th). Speaking about the subject of fame and universal recognisability, Bacon said that he found the experience of being not stopped by fans in the street when he went shopping in disguise one time as “awful”.
Kevin Bacon says he loves being recognised by people in the street
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The actor revealed his mistake on The Graham Norton Show
Even movie stars make mistakes and Hollywood favourite Will Ferrell has admitted to one of his biggest regrets: not accepting Harrison Ford’s offer of dinner. During a recent appearance on The Graham Norton Show, the actor revealed his blunder.
Will Ferrell stars in Daddy's Home
The star of Daddy’s Home explained that he might have offended Harrison when he declined his invitation to dinner after the first day of filming Anchorman 2.
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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.
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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.”
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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.
The BBC will hold an ‘X-Factor’ style talent search to determine the UK’s next Eurovision hopeful.
After years of Eurovision disappointment, the BBC are hoping the UK can do better next year, by handing the decision of who will represent the country back to the public. The UK’s Eurovision entry had always been chosen by the public until 2011, when a ‘panel of experts’ were brought in by the Beeb to make the decision.
Last year Electro Velvet were chosen with the song ‘Still In Love With You’, which earned an embarrassing five points and saw the UK finish fourth from last. The biggest success the UK has had in recent years was back in 2009 when Jade Ewen finished fifth with ‘It’s My Time’. Ewen won the right to represent the UK through BBC show ‘Eurovision: Your Country Needs You’.
Continue reading: BBC Will Let Public Pick The UK Entry For 2016 'Eurovision Song Contest'
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