Life Before Fame: BBC's Legendary Host Graham Norton

Graham Norton at the National Television Awards in London, England, 2002
January 24, 2020 - 10:15 / Laura Pérez

Graham Norton has been hosting The Graham Norton Show since 2007 and we just love to see him on screen! Do you know what his life was like before finding fame? Get the full story here...

Graham Norton is best known for being the host of BBC's comedy chat show The Graham Norton Show since 2007. Originally from Dublin, Ireland, the 56-year-old television personality is also a five-time BAFTA TV Award winner.

Graham is also the commentator of the Eurovision Song Contest, and in 2019 he became a judge on RuPaul's Drag Race UK. But do you know what his life was like before being famous?

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BBC's legendary host Graham Norton - His life before fame

Before making his major breakthrough on television, Graham Norton attended the University College, Cork, where he studied English and French, however, he left school in the 1980's after having a mental breakdown.

Later on he moved to London where he attended the Central School of Speech and Drama and worked as a waiter. In the early 1990's he had a stand-up comedy drag act, and during that time he started to be noticed and had a spot as a regular panelist and comedian on BBC Radio 4's show Loose Ends. 

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BBC's Graham Norton has an impressive television career

Graham Norton is so talented that in 2003 he was listed in The Observer as one of the funniest acts in British comedy. After his early success the rest is just history.

In 2004 he ventured into American television with The Graham Norton Effect, a talk show featuring different celebrities who were usually involved in games and side attractions, relying on audience member participation.

Later on he appeared on Who Do You Think You Are?, When Will I Be Famous, and The Graham Norton Show, which is still on air today!

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Graham Norton at the "Death of a Salesman" press night in London, England, 2019

Five quick facts about Graham Norton

  • He was born on April 4, 1963
  • In 1989 Graham Norton was stabbed by a group of attackers in London, lost half of his blood and nearly died
  • The Irish comedian reportedly has two dogs! A labradoodle named Bailey and a terrier called Madge
  • Chris Pratt, Olivia Colman, and Hugh Grant are some of the celebrities who have appeared on his show! 
  • He has an estimated net worth of 30 million dollars