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 'Bad Education' actor and popular stand-up comedian scooped the prize for the third year in a row.
Jack Whitehall has been named as “king of comedy” for the third consecutive year at the British Comedy Awards 2014.
The 26 year old comedian and actor won the publicly-voted prize at the ceremony in Wembley, north-west London, on Tuesday evening. He beat the other nominated contenders David Mitchell, Lee Mack, Graham Norton, Greg Davies and Jo Brand.
Jack Whitehall won 'King of Comedy' at the BBC Comedy Awards for a third time a row
Continue reading: Jack Whitehall Wins 'King Of Comedy' For Third Time
Bono has revealed why he always wears sunglasses and it's not what you'd expect!
Bono explained why he wears sunglasses seemingly all the time whilst appearing on a British talk show.
Bono spotted in London on Thursday (16th Oct.).
Continue reading: Bono Reveals Why He Always Wears Sunglasses: "I Have Glaucoma"
Samuel Jackson joined Graham Norton on Friday (13th June) to discuss his charity work in the UK. Much to Norton and the audience's delight Jackson recited his famous speech from 'Pulp Fiction'.
Samuel Jackson knows the words of the gospel, or at least Ezekiel 25:17. The actor appeared on The Graham Norton Show on Friday night (13th June) and recited his famous speech from Pulp Fiction perfectly.
Samuel L Jackson played hit man Jules Winnfield in the cult classic.
Norton was joined by Jackson and actress Keira Knightley on the show. Jackson is currently in the UK promoting awareness for male cancer in the charity campaign One For The Boys. The campaign is intended to encourage men to discuss their health and get tested. In an interview with the Telegraph, Jackson explained he became interested in the charity after a friend of his British publicist, Sofia Davis, died of cancer.
'X-Men: Days of Future Past' actor Hugh Jackman revealed a funny story about co-star Michael Fassbender on 'The Graham Norton Show.'
Hugh Jackman revealed he would play "Blurred Lines" to "coax" Fassbender out of his trailer
The three hunky actors looked sharp and similar, dressed in smart suits while they chatted to talk show host, Graham Norton. Jovially, Jackman told Norton, “Michael is one of those actors you have to coax out the trailer,” adding, “to get him out there was really only one song…so I used to get the sound guy to play it very loud in the studio as he came in, just so he could get his mojo up.”
Michael McIntyre didn't convince all the critics, but there's hope for his new late night chat show.
Michael McIntyre's talk show launched on Monday evening (March 10, 2014), with guests Alan Sugar, Terry Wogan and Lily Allen. Though it suffered an underwhelming response from critics, the comedian's show actually performed pretty well and pulled in 2.4 million (21.9%) for the 10.35pm-11.20pm timeslot.
Terry Wogan [L], Lily Allen, Michael McIntyre and Lord Alan Sugar [R]
The figures tied McIntyre with Graham Norton's Monday night chat show The Bigger Picture, which aired in August 2005 and also pulled in 2.4 million, according to Broadcast Now. Norton's Friday night chat show is one of the most popular shows on British television and the Irish broadcaster regularly welcomes a line-up of A-list guests.
Continue reading: Michael McIntyre's Chat Show Ties With Graham Norton (In A Way, Sort Of)
The new and improved Jamie Dornan can now walk just like Chritstian Grey should.
Just because Jamie Dornan is a model, that doesn’t mean he always had the model strut. The Fifty Shades of Grey star revealed as much during his appearance on The Graham Norton Show last night. Apparently, Dornan’s walk wasn’t hopeless, just a little too bouncy for the confident character he’s portraying in Fifty Shades.
Jamie Dornan had the look down, but he couldn't quite master the strut.
"So basically, I've always had a complex with the way I walk," the former model revealed. "I've not always been told I've got a bad walk, but someone's always commented on my walk," he continued. "It's always been a bit like, 'alright. That's how you walk?"
The decision, according to Norton, is a disgrace
Graham Norton has spoken out against RTE’s decision to award €85,000 to gay marriage opponents, calling the settlement “absolutely moronic” according to The BBC.
Graham Norton has expressed his feelings without holding back
"I'm not registered to vote in Ireland but I do pay the licence fee there and I'm fucking furious that some of my money has gone to these idiots," explained Norton to Hot Press.
Continue reading: RTE Payout Decision Angers Graham Norton: "It Was Absolutely Moronic"
Ant and Dec look to be taking over telly with TWO shows up for Entertainment Programme gong.
The duo won't only be up for Entertainment Presenter(s) of the year - a prize they have won for 12 years running - but they are also in with a chance of collecting gongs for two shows they have been presenting over the years. Their entertainment variety show 'Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway' will be up against jungle reality show 'I'm A Celebrity. Get Me Out Of Here!' for Entertainment Programme of the year, while both will also be competing against Keith Lemon's 'Celebrity Juice' and chat-show 'The Graham Norton Show'.
'Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway' made a comeback in February 2013 after a four-year break having ran since 2002. As for 'I'm A Celebrity.', the pair recently finished presenting their thirteenth series in which Westlife's Kian Egan was crowned King of the Jungle.
Osbourne appeared on British chat show 'The Graham Norton Show' where she revealed that she has had her lady parts tightened
Sharon Osbourne isn't exactly known for being closed off or unwilling to delve into her private life and when she appeared on the BBC's The Graham Norton Show earlier this week, Sharon lived up to her billing as an open book. Discussing plastic surgery procedures, Sharon revealed that she has been under the knife, but not necessarily where you'd expect the knife to go.
Sharon is no stranger to the plastic surgeon's knife
Osbourne was a guest on the show on Friday, 29 November, with the interview going to air on 7 December. Whilst on the show, Osbourne was complimented on her looks by host Graham Norton when she revealed that she is no stranger to the surgeon's scalpel. Admitting to having gone under the knife to keep her youthful looks, Sharon went on to explain that she has also had a few other procedures done, including having her "vagina tightened."
Which of the six nominees will you vote to become King or Queen of comedy?
The nominations are in for this year's British Comedy Awards King or Queen. Out of various awards for television performances, breakthrough comedians, and entertainment personalities, one comedian will rise to be crowned the year's King or Queen of Comedy at the ceremony hosted by Jonathan Ross.
Though there are 15 categories in total, only one - the King or Queen of Comedy - is open to public voting meaning British people will choose their favourite comedian of the year. Entertainers up for one of the country's most prestigious comedy awards include Jack Whitehall, David Mitchell, Sarah Millican, Graham Norton, Lee Mack and Alan Carr.