Biography

Paul James O'Grady, MBE (born 14 June 1955) is an English comedian, television presenter, actor, writer and radio disc jockey. He's achieved fame using his comedic drag queen character, "Lily Savage", and later became well known for presenting TV programmes as himself, such as The Paul O'Grady Show. Born to a working-class Irish family in Birkenhead, he attended Blessed Edward Campion Secondary Modern School, in Claughton Village, Birkenhead, Cheshire (now Merseyside). O'Grady moved to London in the late-1970s, there working as a peripatetic care officer for Camden Council. It was here in 1978 that he developed his drag act, basing the character of Lily Savage upon traits found amongst female relatives. Touring northern England as part of drag mime duo, the Playgirls, he eventually went solo as a stand-up comedian. Performing as Savage for eight years at a South London gay pub, the Royal Vauxhall Tavern (RVT), he gained a popular following among the city's gay community and used his character to speak out for LGBT rights. After being nominated for a 1992 Perrier Award, he attracted mainstream attention and made various television, radio, and theatrical appearances. As Savage, he presented morning chat show The Big Breakfast (1995–96), game show Blankety Blank (1997–2002) and comedy series Lily Live! (2000–01), earning various awards and becoming a well known public figure. Seeking to diversify his career away from Savage, O'Grady starred in BBC sitcom Eyes Down (2003–04) and presented two travel documentaries for ITV. In 2004, he began presenting ITV's daytime chat show The Paul O'Grady Show, which proved a hit with audiences. After the network refused to transfer creative control of the series to O'Grady's production company, Olga TV, in 2006 he defected to rival Channel 4, where the show was rebranded as The New Paul O'Grady Show and ran until 2009. O'Grady subsequently presented a late night ITV show, Paul O'Grady Live (2010–11) as well as Paul O'Grady: For the Love of Dogs (2012–present) and Paul O'Grady's Animal Orphans (2014–2016), while presenting BBC Radio 2's Paul O'Grady on the Wireless and publishing a four-volume autobiography. O'Grady has received a variety of awards, among them honorary degrees and an MBE in the 2008 Birthday Honours for services to entertainment.

Paul James O'Grady, MBE (born 14 June 1955) is an English comedian, television presenter, actor, writer and radio disc jockey. He's achieved fame using his comedic drag queen character, "Lily Savage", and later became well known for presenting TV programmes as himself, such as The Paul O'Grady Show. Born to a working-class Irish family in Birkenhead, he attended Blessed Edward Campion Secondary Modern School, in Claughton Village, Birkenhead, Cheshire (now Merseyside). O'Grady moved to London in the late-1970s, there working as a peripatetic care officer for Camden Council. It was here in 1978 that he developed his drag act, basing the character of Lily Savage upon traits found amongst female relatives. Touring northern England as part of drag mime duo, the Playgirls, he eventually went solo as a stand-up comedian. Performing as Savage for eight years at a South London gay pub, the Royal Vauxhall Tavern (RVT), he gained a popular following among the city's gay community and used his character to speak out for LGBT rights. After being nominated for a 1992 Perrier Award, he attracted mainstream attention and made various television, radio, and theatrical appearances. As Savage, he presented morning chat show The Big Breakfast (1995–96), game show Blankety Blank (1997–2002) and comedy series Lily Live! (2000–01), earning various awards and becoming a well known public figure. Seeking to diversify his career away from Savage, O'Grady starred in BBC sitcom Eyes Down (2003–04) and presented two travel documentaries for ITV. In 2004, he began presenting ITV's daytime chat show The Paul O'Grady Show, which proved a hit with audiences. After the network refused to transfer creative control of the series to O'Grady's production company, Olga TV, in 2006 he defected to rival Channel 4, where the show was rebranded as The New Paul O'Grady Show and ran until 2009. O'Grady subsequently presented a late night ITV show, Paul O'Grady Live (2010–11) as well as Paul O'Grady: For the Love of Dogs (2012–present) and Paul O'Grady's Animal Orphans (2014–2016), while presenting BBC Radio 2's Paul O'Grady on the Wireless and publishing a four-volume autobiography. O'Grady has received a variety of awards, among them honorary degrees and an MBE in the 2008 Birthday Honours for services to entertainment.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 34

Birthday 1955-06-14

Place of Birth Birkenhead, England, UK

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Acting TV ShowsMovies

Lily Live! (13 episodes) as Lily Savage
The Untransmittable Lily Savage Show as Lily Savage
2017 The Paul O'Grady Story as Himself / Lily Savage (archive footage)
2015 Our Cilla as Himself
2012 Playhouse Presents (1 episode)
2010 Coronation Street - 50 Years, 50 Moments (1 episode)
2009 Death In Venice (2 episodes)
2009 Piers Morgan's Life Stories (1 episode)
2009 Let's Dance for Comic Relief (1 episode)
2008 Alan Carr's Celebrity Ding Dong (1 episode)
2007 The Life and Times of Vivienne Vyle (6 episodes)
2007 The Graham Norton Show (1 episode) as Himself
2005 Doctor Who (1 episode)
2005 Comic Aid
2004 The Paul O'Grady Show (259 episodes)
2003 Celebrity Mastermind (1 episode)
2003 Eyes Down (15 episodes) as Ray Temple
2003 Celebrity Driving School (5 episodes)
2002 Outtake TV (19 episodes)
2002 Harry Hill's TV Burp (1 episode)
2002 Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway (1 episode)
2001 Friday Night with Jonathan Ross (2 episodes)
1998 Lily Savage: The Live Show as Lily Savage
1997 The Lily Savage Show (6 episodes) as Lily Savage
1995 Lily Savage: Live And Outrageous as Lily Savage
1995 The Ant & Dec Show (1 episode)
1993 In the Name of the Father as Prisoner
1993 Lily Savage Live: Paying the Rent as Kitty Kelly as Lily Savage
1991 Chimera (4 episodes) as Donaldson
1988 This Morning (2 episodes)
1987 The New Statesman (26 episodes) as Marlene Dietrich
1984 The Bill (2 episodes)
1979 Blankety Blank (245 episodes) as Lily Savage
1978 An Audience with... (2 episodes) as Himself

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