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Paul O'Grady

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Paul O'Grady

English comedian, television presenter, actor, writer and radio DJ. He is best known for presenting the daytime chat television series, The Paul O'Grady Show and, more recently, Paul O'Grady Live, as well as his drag queen comedic alter ego, Lily Savage, as whom he performed in various television series including Blankety Blank and Lily Live add

Category: Movies & TV

Born in 1955.

Countries: United Kingdom (67%), United States (11%), Italy (7%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: BBC, Daily Mirror, Coronation Street

Linked to: Celebrity Driving School, De Montfort University, Royal Air Forces Association, Daily Mail




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Paul O'Grady was born in 1955 add something


However, he has previously had relationships with women as well as men, and married a Portuguese lesbian, Teresa Fernandes, who was from a Catholic family, at Harrow Road register office, London, on 1 April 1977 in a marriage of convenience add something


Being made redundant from the hospital due to public sector cuts, O'Grady took up a job at a gay club called the Showplace, where he befriended a Portuguese lesbian named Theresa Fernandes, and in May 1977 they legally married in order to prevent her deportation back to Portugal, although eventually lost contact and only gained a divorce in 2005 add something


It was whilst living in London in 1978 that he first turned his hand to drag, developing the character of Lily Savage based upon various female relatives of his add something


His debut was on the afternoon of Saturday 7 October 1978, at a pub called the Black Cap, where he mimed the words to the Barbra Streisand song "Nobody Makes a Pass at Me" from the show "Pins and Needles" add something


He returned to London in the early 1980s and subsequently achieved fame with his creation of Lily, initially playing to gay clubs and pubs up and down the country add something


It was during the 1980s that O'Grady met Brendan Murphy, known as "Murph" or "Murphy" to his friends, who would become his partner add something


They separated in 1980, before eventually divorcing in 2005 add something


Following the success of Lily Savage, O'Grady played a prostitute informant, Roxanne, in several episodes of "The Bill" between 1988 and 1990; in 1990 he appeared in the ITV miniseries "Chimera" as Tony Donaldson, a social worker skilled in signing for the deaf add something


Performing as Lily, O'Grady co-hosted the 1996 Smash Hits Poll Winners Party with Ant & Dec add something


Abandoning drag, to portray himself, in 2000 he appeared in a six-part travelogue series entitled "Paul O'Grady's Orient", filmed in Shanghai, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Bangkok, Bali and Singapore add something


O'Grady appeared along side Cilla Black and Barbara Windsor in the 2001 Royal Variety Performance where the trio performed a rendition of "You Gotta Get a Gimmick" from the musical "Gypsy" add something


This was followed in 2001 by "Paul O'Grady's America" add something


From 2002 onwards, he appeared less as Savage and more often as himself add something


In 2002 he presented "Outtake TV", a bloopers show, and in 2003 starred as the lead character in the BBC sitcom "Eyes Down" for two series, as the manager of a northern Bingo hall add something


In April 2002, O'Grady suffered a heart attack after weeks of complaining that he felt unwell; after an emergency operation and weeks of rest, his health recovered and he gave up smoking for two years add something


In 2003, O'Grady was listed in "The Observer" as one of the 50 funniest acts in British comedy, and in 2006 he was listed by "The Independent" at number 32 in their 101 most influential gay men and women in Britain add something


O'Grady made his radio debut on 12 April 2003, when he stood in for Jonathan Ross to present the Saturday morning show on BBC Radio 2 add something


Then, later in December 2003, O'Grady presented a two-part documentary about Cilla Black's illustrious career, with contributions from Black's other celebrity friends add something


On 28 December 2003, O'Grady was the castaway on "Desert Island Discs" on BBC Radio 4 add something


O'Grady retired the Lily Savage character around 2004 add something


Throughout 2004 and 2005, O'Grady voiced many adverts for other local radio stations add something


Eventually they decided that O'Grady would be a success if he presented his own daytime television show, and so commissioned a series, "The Paul O'Grady Show", which first aired on October 2004 in the 5 to 6pm slot add something


Despite the competition, O'Grady's was a success, and won a number of awards in 2005, including a BAFTA and the award for Best TV Comedy Entertainment Personality at the British Comedy awards add something


He is very close to his daughter Sharyn, who married her childhood friend Philip Mousley at Liverpool Town Hall on 30 July 2005 add something


O'Grady returned to Radio 2 on Easter Saturday 2006, with his very own live 3-hour special radio show add something


The fourth series of the show appeared on Channel 4 under the title of "The New Paul O'Grady Show" and began broadcasting in March 2006 add something


He suffered a second heart attack on 30 June 2006; again he was taken to the William Harvey Hospital and into intensive care add something


The delayed second series started on 25 September 2006, and ran over three weeks into January , due to its 3 week delay start add something


O'Grady became a grandfather on 26 December 2006, when his daughter Sharyn gave birth to a son, Abel add something


O'Grady returned with his own show on Easter Monday 2007 add something


O'Grady stood in for Elaine Paige on her Sunday radio show "Elaine Paige on Sunday" for two weeks, on 28 January and 4 February 2007 add something


On 24 August 2007 the "Daily Mirror" revealed that O'Grady had rejected a £5 million deal to return to ITV as the "New Parkinson add something


On Christmas 2008, O'Grady returned to Radio 2 with his own show "The Paul O'Grady Christmas Show", featuring a seasonal mix of Christmas music and some of the biggest hits of the year, including music from McFly and Girls Aloud add something


In January 2008, O'Grady once again presented "Elaine Paige on Sunday", on 13, 20 and 27 January add something


On 23 May 2008 on the 500th edition of "The Paul O'Grady Show", guest star Julie Goodyear told O'Grady that Bet Lynch, the character she played in television soap opera "Coronation Street", had joined Savage in the French convent add something


On 28 June 2008, O'Grady appeared in the "Doctor Who" episode "The Stolen Earth" add something


In September 2008, he appeared in a 2-hour long show, called "Ghosthunting with Paul O'Grady & Friends", filmed in Sicily, with fellow Liverpudlians Jennifer Ellison, Philip Olivier and Natasha Hamilton add something


On 18 September 2008, O'Grady released his first autobiography entitled, "At My Mother's Knee add something


In October 2008, he was appointed MBE in the 2008 Birthday Honours list for services to entertainment add something


Instead he signed a £4 million deal to remain with Channel 4 until the end of 2009 add something


O'Grady once again presented a Christmas Day show in 2009, from 11am until 1pm add something


From 22 February 2009, O'Grady returned to "Elaine Paige on Sunday" to present the show for a month, whilst Paige was on tour add something


On 6 June 2009, the "Daily Mirror" confirmed that O'Grady will sign a new two year contract with Channel 4 in autumn 2009 to keep his show on air until the end of 2011 add something


On Monday 21 September 2009, O'Grady returned to present the 11th and final series of "The Paul O'Grady Show" add something


On the 7 October 2009 episode of "The Paul O'Grady Show", after being prompted by actor Martin Clunes to "bring Lily back", O'Grady said he could not because she had been "bricked up in a chimney" by the Mother Superior of the convent add something


On 14 October 2009, O'Grady agreed to an £8 million deal with ITV to host a Friday prime-time chat-show, to rival that of BBC One's "Friday Night with Jonathan Ross" from 2010, after budget talks broke-down with Channel 4 add something


Also in November 2009, O'Grady reunited with Yvette Fielding to take part in a 2 part paranormal investigation series called "Death In Venice" where he and Fielding investigated haunted locations in Venice add something


On 30 November 2009, O'Grady was a guest presenter on ITV's "GMTV with Lorraine", in celebration of Lorraine Kelly's 50th birthday add something


He revealed on his show on 2 December 2009 that he had become a grandfather again as Sharyn had given birth to a girl in the early hours of that morning add something


On 18 December 2009, Channel 4 broadcast the final ever episode of "The Paul O'Grady Show", after 11 series which started in 2004 add something


For the third year running, O'Grady once again presented a special show on Christmas Day 2010 add something


His "Bambi" quote was soon after quoted by Peter Taffe at the Socialism 2010 conference add something


O'Grady spoke to "The People" in March 2010 about this show, saying "I have no idea what format it will take yet because we have not sat down with the producers add something


In July 2010 "The Sun" tipped that Paul O'Grady may judge acts in next year's series of "Britain's Got Talent at the audition stages add something


On 23 July 2010, O'Grady received an Honorary Doctor of Arts from De Montfort University, Leicester, in recognition of his outstanding contribution to television, radio and the stage add something


On 7 September 2010, O'Grady presented 'Come To The Cabaret', a documentary celebrating the boozy, glitzy and subversive delights of the cabaret add something


The programme began airing on ITV on Friday 10 September 2010 and the first series ran for 10 episodes, ending on Friday 12 November 2010 add something


In October 2010, O'Grady attracted media attention when, on an episode of "Paul O'Grady Live", he openly criticised the Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition government for their implementation of mass cuts to government spending on social services, calling them "bastards" and proclaiming "Do you know what got my back up- Those Tories hooping and hollering when they heard about the cuts add something


He confirmed on 14 October 2010, during an interview on "Loose Women", that he will write a third and final chapter add something


The show was picked up for a second series from April to July 2011 and a Lady Gaga special add something


It was revealed on 6 October 2011, that ITV had axed his show after two series add something


In 2012, O'Grady became a Celebrity Ambassador of Battersea Dogs and Cats Home after recording the first series of his ITV documentary "For the Love of Dogs" add something


From 3 September 2012, O'Grady has presented this new documentary series for seven episodes on ITV, covering life at Battersea Dogs and Cats Home add something


O'Grady will reprise the role again in the same pantomime at London's O2 Arena from December 2012 till January 2013 add something


Episodes will be filmed later in 2013 and will be produced by his own production company Olga TV add something


In 2013, he joined the Pedigree Feeding Brighter Futures campaign, which aims to give a million meals to rescue dogs nationwide add something


The other will be filmed in the summer of 2013 about African elephants and orang-utangs add something


O'Grady presented a documentary about burlesque act Gypsy Rose Lee, which was screened in April 2013 as part of ITV's "Perspectives" series add something


On 26 June 2013, it was announced that O'Grady would guest star in three episodes of "Holby City", to be aired in September add something


The two-part series begins airing on 15 August 2013 on BBC One add something


His first episode was broadcast on 17 September 2013 add something


The pilot episode will be recorded on 31 October 2013 add something


In November 2013, O'Grady was admitted to hospital after suffering an angina attack, and underwent surgery add something


It has been nominated for a second National Television award in the same category ahead of the 2014 ceremony add something


From 14 January 2014, Paul will front new three-part documentary series entitled "Paul O'Grady's Animal Orphans" for ITV add something


In March 2014, O'Grady revealed on his BBC Radio 2 Sunday afternoon show that following his hospitalisation in 2013 it was discovered when test's were being made on him that he now has an allergy to chocolate the news of this didn't go down well with O'Grady add something


On 31 December 2014, O'Grady will take part in ITV documentary "Rita and Me", celebrating Barbara Knox's fifty years playing Rita Tanner in "Coronation Street" add something


A second series began on 20 January 2015 add something


In September 2015, O'Grady's fourth book "Open the Cage, Murphy" was released add something


The series will begin on 8 October 2015 and will air for 8 episodes add something


In December 2015, O'Grady appeared in "Our Cilla", a one-off programme about the life of Cilla Black add something


The series is called "Paul O'Grady: The Sally Army & Me" and began airing on 27 March 2016 at 6,05pm add something


On 6 June 2016, O'Grady presented a 90 minute programme for More4 called "Paul O'Grady's 100 Years of Movie Musicals" add something


Despite this claim, "For the Love of Dogs" returned for a fifth series of eight episodes, beginning in September 2016 add something


In December 2016, O'Grady will present "Paul O'Grady's Favourite Fairy Tales", a one-off special for ITV add something


On 20 December 2016, O'Grady presented "Paul O'Grady's Favourite Fairy Tales", a one-off special for ITV add something


This programme aired on 20 December 2016 add something


In 2017, O'Grady was a guest judge for an episode of "Let's Sing and Dance for Comic Relief" add something


In 2017, O'Grady was a guest judge for an episode of "Let's Sing and Dance for Comic Relief" add something


In 2017, O'Grady was a guest judge for an episode of "Let's Sing and Dance for Comic Relief" add something


In 2017, O'Grady was a guest judge for an episode of "Let's Sing and Dance for Comic Relief" add something


In 2017, O'Grady was a guest judge for an episode of "Let's Sing and Dance for Comic Relief" add something


On 7 February 2017, it was reported that "Blind Date" would return for a revived series in 2017 on Channel 5 add something


On 16 March 2017, it was announced that O'Grady would present the series, replacing Cilla Black add something


The new series will be produced by So Television and Stellify Media, and will begin airing on 17 June 2017 at 7pm add something


The first series concluded on 22 July 2017 and a second series will air in late 2017/early 2018 add something


In August 2017, O'Grady presented the three part Channel 4 documentary "Paul O'Grady's Hollywood" add something


A sixth series of "For the Love of Dogs" begins in September 2017 on ITV add something


A sixth series of "For the Love of Dogs" began in October 2017 on ITV add something


On 2 November 2017, O'Grady will release a new book called "Paul O'Grady's Country Life" add something


A Christmas episode aired on 23 December 2017, before the second series aired from 30 December 2017 until 2018 add something


In 2018, O'Grady will present "Paul O'Grady: For the Love of Dogs: India" add something


A third revived series of "Blind Date" has been confirmed and will be filmed in February 2018 add something


Olga was put to sleep on 21 April 2018 after suffering from kidney failure add something