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Graham Norton is one of the UK’s most popular television personalities. Originally Graham Walker, he was born and raised in Cork, Ireland.
As a young man, he moved to San Francisco to live on a commune. After spending time in the States, he went to the UK to become a stand-up comedian.
In 1996, he made a big splash on British television with his role as Father Noel on the highly-rated sitcom, “Father Ted.”
He went on to host two enormously successful, BAFTA-winning chat shows, “So Graham Norton” and “V Graham Norton,” on the UK broadcaster Channel 4.
Graham then moved to the BBC where his work has included hosting “Strictly Dance Fever,” “Any Dream Will Do,” “How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria,” “I’d Do Anything” as well as “Would You Rather…? with Graham Norton” for BBC America. Since 2008, he’s served as the lead commentator for The BBC’s “Eurovision Song Contest.”
In America, he had a short-lived talk show “The Graham Norton Effect,” hosted the GLAAD Media Awards and appeared on “Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List.” He’s also had cameos in “Another Gay Movie” (2006) and “I Could Never Be Your Woman” (2007), featuring Michelle Pfeiffer and Paul Rudd.
In addition to a growing body of television work, Graham made a mark on the London stage when he starred in the West End revival of “La Cage Aux Folles” in 2009. He issued “Ask Graham,” a collection of his Daily Telegraph columns, last year.