Graham Norton – Broadcaster and Awards Host.
Graham Norton, one of the best known comedy presenters on British television.
He began his career playing one man shows at the Edinburgh Festival (1992-97), most of which played residencies in London and toured throughout the UK. His 1997 show was nominated for a Perrier Award, bringing him plenty of attention.
Making his move from stage to TV, Graham Norton went on to host three series of Bring Me The Head of Light Entertainment, was a regular guest presenter on Channel 5’s Jack Docherty Show and made several appearances as the character Father Noel on Channel 4’s Father Ted.
On his flagship Channel 4 shows So Graham Norton (1998-2002) and V Graham Norton (2002-03), he teased his guests with the most outrageous and personal questions imaginable, picking up four Baftas in the process
In 2004, Graham joined the BBC in 2004 bringing with him his own unique blend of humour. He also successfully transferred his show to American audiences when he hosted The Graham Norton Effect for Comedy Central.
He got the nation’s feet tapping, fronting the Saturday night dance extravaganza Strictly Dance Fever and delivered his own take on the weekly news in The Bigger Picture.
In the summer of 2006, Graham presented a nationwide search for the next musical theatre star in How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria, this was followed by Any Dream Will Do, and I’d Do Anything!
Graham’s popularity has also earned him acclaim on the international circuit, presenting the Emmy Awards, fronting the Philadelphia leg of Live 8 and hosting the 2005 Bafta Awards.
Since 2007, Graham has presented The Graham Norton Show on the BBC.
In 2009, Graham replaced Sir Terry Wogan as presenter of the Eurovision Song Contest.
Graham’s awards for his comedy include:
- Best Entertainment Performance – BAFTA 2002, 2001, 2000
- Best Talk Show – National Television Awards 2002
- Best Light Entertainment Programme – Broadcast Award 2002
- Best Entertainment Comedy Prog. – British Comedy Awards 2002, 2001
- Best TV Comedy Personality – British Comedy Awards 2002, 2000
- International Emmy – Popular Arts Category 2001
- Best Entertainment Show – TV Quick Awards 2002, 2001
- Best Entertainment Programme – BAFTA 2001
- Best TV Performer in a Non-Acting Role – Broadcasting Press Guild 2000
- Best TV Presenter – Television and Radio Industries Club 2000
- Best Presenter – Royal Television Society Awards 2000
- Variety Club Television Personality of the Year 2000
- Rear of the Year Award – 2000
- Gay Entertainer of the Year – Gaytime Awards 1999
- Best Talk Show – British Comedy Awards 1999
- Best Newcomer – British Comedy Awards 1997
- Perrier Award – Edinburgh Festival – Nominated