GRAHAM Norton is a telly favourite thanks to his hilarious chat show which features A-list guests and the red chair challenge.
But how did the Irish funnyman make it in showbiz and how much is he worth? here’s all you need to know…
Who is Graham Norton?
Graham Norton – real name Graham Walker – was born on April 4, 1963 in Dublin, Ireland and grew up in Bandon, County Cork.
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 he earn?
Salaries of the corporation’s top earners were released so license fee payers can know where their money is going.
Graham is listed as earning between £850,000 – £899,000 per year.
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.
The Irish star is believed to be worth in the region of £12.4million.
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.
Graham previously said he’d rather live alone for the rest of his life: “You have your own rules as you get older. I would prefer to live alone for the rest of my life rather than live with towels that were folded incorrectly.
“Petty is important. That’s why marriages break up. Marriages don’t break up because of big things.”
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.”