Bandon, Co. Cork, Ireland
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Norton was born in Clondalkin, a suburb of Dublin but grew up in Bandon, County Cork, Ireland. He dropped out of University College Cork to move to San Francisco. He trained as a drama teacher at the Central School of Speech and Drama. In 1992 his stand-up comedy drag act in the Edinburgh Festival Fringe as a tea-towel clad Mother Teresa of Calcutta made the press when Scottish Television`s religious affairs department mistakenly thought he represented the real Mother Teresa.
His first appearances in broadcasting were in his spot as a regular on the BBC Radio 4 show Loose Ends when the show ran on Saturday mornings, in the early 1990s. His rise to fame began as one of the early successes of Channel 5, when he won an award for his performance as the stand-in host of a late-night talk show usually presented by Jack Docherty. This was followed by a comic quiz show called Bring Me the Head of Light Entertainment, which wasn`t well received as a programme but did further enhance Norton`s individual reputation. He also took part in the short-lived quiz show Carnal Knowledge with Maria McErlane.
Norton also played the part of the Father Noel Furlong in 3 episodes of the Channel 4 series Father Ted in 1996; where he was often seen taking charge of a small youth folk-group.
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Central School of Speech and Drama, London
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Full Name at Birth
Graham William Walker
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The Graham Norton Show
Graham William Walker, known by his stage name Graham Norton (born 4 April 1963), is an Irish comic presenter. Based in the United Kingdom, he is the host of comedy chat show The Graham Norton Show. Previously shown on BBC Two, it took the prestigious Friday night slot on BBC One from Jonathan Ross in 2010. He also presents on BBC Radio 2 and is the BBC television commentator of the Eurovision Song Contest, which led Hot Press to describe him as "the 21st century's answer to Terry Wogan". Norton has won the BAFTA TV Award for Best Entertainment Performance on five occasions. Norton is known for his camp demeanour, innuendo-laden dialogue and flamboyant presentation style.
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