How old is Graham Norton, what's his net worth and BBC salary and is he married?
But how did the Irish funnyman and Bafta award winner make it in the showbiz world and how much is he worth? Here's what you need to know…
Who is Graham Norton, how old is he and what is his background?
Graham Norton – real name Graham Walker – was born on April 4, 1963, in Dublin, Ireland and grew up in Bandon, County Cork – he is 55.
After studying French and English at University College Cork for two years in the 80s, he dropped out and moved to London to attend the Central School of Speech and Drama.
He joined the actor's union Equity and took his great-grandmother's maiden name, Norton, as his stage name because there was already an actor called Graham Walker.
The Irish telly host has won five Bafta TV Awards for The Graham Norton Show, which airs on Friday nights on BBC One.
He also presents a radio show on BBC Radio 2 and is the commentator for the Eurovision Song Contest.
How did Graham make it in showbiz?
He got his first break as a regular comedian/panellist on the BBC Radio 4 show Loose Ends in the early 1990s.
But he rose to fame on TV after winning an award for being a stand-in host on a Channel 5 late-night talk show hosted by Jack Docherty.
He then presented a quiz show called Bring Me the Head of Light Entertainment on Channel 5 in 1995 and co-hosted the late-night quiz show Carnal Knowledge on ITV with Maria McErlane the following year.
One of his most notable TV appearances was playing father Noel Furlong in three episodes of iconic Channel 4 show Father Ted.
He then moved to Channel 4 where he fronted chat shows including So Graham Norton and V Graham Norton before moving to the BBC in 2005.
After hosting a multitude of different shows like How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria? and When Will I Be Famous? he landed The Graham Norton Show on BBC Two in February 2007.
In 2009, the show moved to BBC One after Friday Night with Jonathan Ross was cancelled.
How much does Graham earn and does he sell wine?
Graham has wealth of £20 million.
On July 11, 2018, it was revealed in 2017/2018 that he earned £600,000-£609,999 for his work with the BBC.
However, this is not believed to include any fees for his chat show as he paid via a production company.
In 2015, he was paid £2.52million in “presenter fees, production fees and royalties” from production company So Television.
The production company was sold to ITV in 2012 in a £17million deal and lists Norton as a creditor.
Since 2014, Graham has also earned a pretty penny by selling his own wine under the brand name GN.
Is Graham married?
Graham is currently single and has never been married.
He split from music marketing consultant Andrew Smith in the summer of 2015.
Graham dated Scott Michaels for five years until 2000 and was in a relationship with Trevor Patterson from 2010 to 2013.
When was he attacked?
In 1988, Graham – who was studying at the Central School of Speech and Drama – was mugged, beaten up and stabbed by two men as he walked towards Queen's Park in London.
He almost died after the attack, which resulted in him losing half his blood and left him in hospital for two and a half weeks.
Speaking to the Evening Standard about the incident, he said: "I nearly died, but in a way being mugged liberated me. Before, being cast in the best role in drama school was all that mattered. After that, well, it all seemed a bit silly really."
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