Graham Norton Biography

Graham Norton (Graham William Walker) was born on 4th April 1963 in Clondalkin, Republic of Ireland. He is an Irish television and radio presenter, DJ, comedian, actor, and writer.

His father, Billy, was a Guinness salesman, while his mother, Rhoda, was a member of the local Mothers’ Union.

Norton was educated at Bandon Grammar School, in West Cork, and then University College, Cork, where he spent two years studying English and French in the 1980s but did not complete his studies. In June 2013, he received an honorary doctorate from University College Cork. Norton moved to London and attended the Central School of Speech and Drama. He also worked as a waiter during that time. Upon joining the actor’s union Equity, he chose Norton as his stage name, as there was already an actor called Graham Walker.

After a successful stand-up show at the Edinburgh Fringe in 1992 and a bit part in the much-loved sitcom Father Ted (as the hyperactive Fr Noel Furlong), Norton’s break came in 1997 when he filled in for Scottish comedian Jack Docherty on his Channel 5 chat show. His one-off appearance was such a success that Norton won the best newcomer prize at that year’s British Comedy Awards (a gong that Docherty himself was expected to win).

The following year, Norton moved to Channel 4, where he dominated the chat show circuit for five years. Despite repeated attempts by the BBC to poach him, the comedian stayed with the network, seeing it as the “natural home of smutty humour”. He relented in 2005. But the Beeb didn’t quite know what to do with him, a guffawing, cavorting Irishman beloved of the post-watershed audience. Instead of fronting his own show, he was given presenting jobs on Strictly Dance Fever and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria? (and its three follow-up talent shows). He even read stories on the CBeebies channel during Bedtime Hour, further honing his family-friendly appeal.

For 10 years he was the face of near-the-knuckle comedy on Channel 4, a far cry from the prime-time slot that has made him a national treasure. Recent polls put Norton top of the list of Britain’s funniest comedians and of celebrities that members of the public would like to invite home for dinner.

In 2007, The Graham Norton Show – the platform that would complete Norton’s makeover from Channel 4 wild card to BBC star – was born. Aired first on Sundays, Norton’s show was transferred to the coveted Friday night slot, replacing chat show behemoth Jonathan Ross, in 2010. The embarrassment of the Sachsgate scandal, which had marred Ross’s career and led him to walk away from the BBC earlier that year, was still raw. Some said it was bold of the network to gamble this crucial programming slot on a self-confessed “camp cheeky chappy”.

Graham Norton Age

He was born on 4th April 1963 in Clondalkin, Republic of Ireland.

The Graham Norton Show

The Graham Norton Show is a British comedy chat show broadcast on BBC One. The show airs on Monday night.

Graham Norton Guest List

On his red sofa sit the world’s most sought-after celebrities: guests have included Tom Cruise, Gwyneth Paltrow, Daniel Craig, Judi Dench and Hugh Jackman.

Graham Norton Episodes

  • 1st series which aired between 22nd February 2007 to 5th July 2007 which had 19 episodes.
  • 2nd series- 11th October 2007 – 26th December 2007 had 12 episodes
  • 3rd Series – 17th April 2008 to 3rd July 2008 had 12 episodes
  • 4th Series – 2nd October 2008 to 30th December 2008 had 14 episodes
  • 5th Series – 5 March 2009 to 28 May 2009 had 12 episodes
  • 6th Series – 5 October 2009 to 31 December 2009 had 13 episodes.
  • 7th Series – 12 April 2010 to 28 June 2010 had 12 episodes.
  • 8th series – 22 October 2010 to 11 March 2011 had 20 episodes.
  • 9th Series – 15 April 2011 – 8 July 2011 had 13 episodes
  • 10th Series – 21 October 2011 – 16 March 2012 had 21 episodes.
  • 11th series – 13 April 2012 – 6 July 2012 had 13 episodes.
  • 12th series – 19 October 2012 – 22 March 2013 had 20 episodes.
  • 13th series – 5 April 2013 – 5 July 2013 had 14 episodes.
  • 14th series – 11 October 2013 – 28 February 2014 had 20 episodes
  • 15th series – 4 April 2014 – 27 June 2014 had 13 episodes.
  • 16th series – 26 September 2014 – 20 March 2015 had 24 episodes
  • 17th series – 10 April 2015 – 3 July 2015 had 13 episodes.
  • 18th series – 25 September 2015 19 February 2016 had 20 episodes
  • 19th series – 25 March 2016 – 1 July 2016 had 15 episodes.
  • 20th series – 30 September 2016 3 March 2017 had 22 episodes.
  • 21st series – 7 April 2017 – 30 June 2017 had 13 episodes.
  • 22nd series – 29th September 2017 – Ongoing has 19 episodes.

BBC Graham Norton

In 2005, Norton moved to the BBC and began hosting the Saturday evening reality TV series Strictly Dance Fever on BBC One, as well as a new comedy chat show, Graham Norton’s Bigger Picture. He also read stories some nights on the BBC children’s channel CBeebies as part of Bedtime Hour.

In 2006, Norton hosted the BBC One series How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria? in which Andrew Lloyd Webber tried to find a lead actress for his West End version of The Sound of Music.

2007 he presented ‘Any Dream Will Do’ in which a group of males competed to win the role of Joseph in the West End production of ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’

In 2008 he presented ‘I’d Do Anything’ in which Lloyd Webber seeks to find the parts of Nancy and Oliver for Sir Cameron Mackintosh’s production of Lionel Bart’s Oliver!

In 2010 he presented ‘Over the Rainbow’ to find a new Dorothy for a Wizard of Oz West end Production.


Graham Norton Book

In October 2014 he released his second memoir, ‘The Life and Loves of a He-Devil’. The memoir won the Non-Fiction Book of the Year category at the 2014 Irish Book Awards.

Graham Norton Wine

He has a two percent in New Zealand winery Invivo Wines.Norton has his own wine range in collaboration with Invivo, the first wine was first released in 2014.

Graham Norton Husband

He dated Scott Michaels for five years before they split. Scott claims that Graham sacrificed their love to further his career, but insisted there are no hard feelings between the pair.

Graham Norton Wife

Norton is openly gay.

Graham Norton Family

His family are members of the Church of Ireland. His father’s family were from County Wicklow, while his mother was Northern Irish, from Belfast


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Graham Norton Height

Graham Norton’s height is 174 centimetres (5 feet and 8.5 inches/68.5 inches).

Graham Norton Awards

  • 1999: Gay Presenter of the Year, Gaytime Award.
  • 2000: Best Entertainment Performance, ‘So Graham Norton’, British Academy Television Awards.
  • 2001: Best Presenter,’So Graham Norton’, Royal Television Society.
  • 2001: Best Entertainment Performance,’So Graham Norton’,British Academy Television Awards.
  • 2002: Best Entertainment Performance,’So Graham Norton’,British Academy Television Awards.
  • 2011: Best Entertainment Performance,’The Graham Norton Show’,British Academy Television Awards.
  • 2012: Best Entertainment Performance,’The Graham Norton Show’,British Academy Television Awards.
  • 2013: Lew Grade Award for Entertainment Programme,’The Graham Norton Show’, British Academy Television Awards.
  • 2015: Best Comedy Programme or Series,’The Graham Norton Show’, British Academy Television Awards.
  • 2017: Special Recognition Award, National Television Awards.

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