30 Facts About Graham Norton

1. From 2010 to 2020 Graham Norton presented the Saturday-morning slot on BBC Radio 2.

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2. Graham Norton was educated at Bandon Grammar School in County Cork and then University College Cork, where he spent two years studying English and French in the 1980s, but did not complete his studies after having a breakdown and refusing to leave his dorm room.

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3. Graham Norton was one of the early successes of Channel 5, winning an award as stand-in host of a late-night TV talk show usually presented by Jack Docherty.

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4. In 1996, Graham Norton played the part of Father Noel Furlong in three episodes of the Channel 4 series Father Ted, which was set on the fictional Craggy Island off the west coast of Ireland.

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5. Graham Norton began his career on the BBC in 2001 when he hosted Comic Relief 2001.

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6. Graham Norton read stories some nights on the BBC children's channel CBeebies as part of Bedtime Hour.

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7. On 7 July 2007, Graham Norton presented at Live Earth and undertook a trip to Ethiopia with the Born Free Foundation to highlight the plight of the Ethiopian wolf – the rarest canid in the world.

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8. On 2 October 2010, Graham Norton began presenting a Saturday morning show on BBC Radio 2, which he took over from Jonathan Ross.

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9. On 11 November 2020, Graham Norton announced that he would step down from the show and hosted his final Saturday morning show on 19 December 2020 after 10 years.

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10. Graham Norton was replaced by Claudia Winkleman from February 2021.

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11. Graham Norton confirmed in November 2020 that he would join Virgin Radio UK in 2021 to host shows on Saturday and Sunday.

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12. Graham Norton played Mr Puckov in the 2006 American comedy spoof film Another Gay Movie.

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13. In 2007, Graham Norton played Taylor in the romantic comedy film, I Could Never Be Your Woman.

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14. Graham Norton was involved in a high-publicity advertising campaign for the UK National Lottery as an animated unicorn, the stooge to a character based on Lady Luck.

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15. In January 2009, Graham Norton made his West End stage debut in a revival of La Cage Aux Folles at the Playhouse Theatre.

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16. In 2009, Graham Norton was the host of the comedy game-show Most Popular on US cable television channel WE tv.

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17. Graham Norton wrote an advice column in The Daily Telegraph newspaper from 2006 to 2018.

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18. In October 2010, his columns were made into a book entitled Ask Graham Norton, published by John Blake Publishing.

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19. In late 2018, Graham Norton stood down from the role and the newspaper found a replacement as their agony aunt in Richard Madeley.

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20. Graham Norton won Popular Fiction Book of the Year award for Holding in the Bord Gais Energy Irish Book Awards 2016.

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21. In October 2014, Graham Norton released his second memoir, The Life and Loves of a He-Devil.

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22. In July 2015, the Bishop of Cork, Paul Colton, hosted an evening with Graham Norton involving 90 minutes of interview, questions, and answers with an audience of more than 400 people.

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23. In 1989, Graham Norton was mugged, beaten up, and stabbed by a group of attackers in London.

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24. Graham Norton lost half of his blood and nearly died.

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25. Graham Norton said that an elderly couple were the ones who found him and that they "saved his life" after calling for an ambulance.

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26. Graham Norton was hospitalised for two-and-a-half weeks before eventually recovering from the attack.

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27. Graham Norton owns an apartment in New York City and a holiday home in Ahakista, County Cork.

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28. Graham Norton dated Kristian Seeber, who performs as the drag queen Tina Burner.

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29. Graham Norton said in 2015 that his ex-boyfriends often resented the role they had to play in the public eye as his partner.

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30. On 10 July 2022 Graham Norton held a wedding blessing party, with his new husband Jonothan McCleod, at Bantry House in West Cork.

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