How much is Graham Norton paid and what’s his net worth? – The Sun

IRISH funnyman and national treasure Graham Norton has interviewed more A-List stars than most could ever dream of.

His red sofa welcomes a variety of stars, and Norton's bank account has certainly benefitted from his talent.

How much is Graham Norton paid and what's his net worth?

Eurovision commentator Graham is one of the highest paid presenters at the BBC.

Estimates of his net worth vary between £20 million and £24 million.

The broadcaster takes home a salary of £729,999 a year from the BBC for The Graham Norton Show, Eurovision and his show on Radio 2.

His production company So Television was sold to ITV in 2012 in a £17million deal and lists Graham as a creditor.

Graham was thought to earn £3.23 million from the company in 2019, on top of his other earnings.

Since 2014, Graham has also earned a pretty penny by selling his own wine under the brand name GN.

How old 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 – he is 59.

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.

Graham is also a regular judge on RuPaul's Drag Race UK, an influential show for the LGBTQ+ community.

Is Graham married?

Graham is currently single and has never been married, although he has dated publicly.

He dated Kristian Seeber, who performs in drag as Tina Burner and appeared on the 13th season of RuPaul's Drag Race.

In the summer of 2015, he split from music marketing consultant Andrew Smith, saying that the public eye puts strain on his relationships.

Graham also 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."

How did Graham get his big break?

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 the 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.

Graham has been a household name and national treasure since the show began airing and has been compared to beloved presenter Terry Wogan.



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When was Graham Norton 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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