Paul O'Grady: The comedian and TV presenter

By Ronny

March 29, 2023

1955- 2023

He had a remarkable journey, marked by various ups and downs. Here are some significant points in his life story:

The early LIFE


He was born in Birkenhead, England. He grew up in a working-class family and left school at the age of 16.


He worked as a civil servant and then as a social worker. However, he always had a passion for comedy and entertainment.

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Early 1990,s

He created his drag queen persona, Lily Savage. The character was a hit in the comedy circuit, and Paul became a popular performer on the cabaret scene. Lily Savage was known for her sharp wit, risqué humor, and outrageous costumes.

Drag Queen Persona

1. Paul O'Grady's television career began in the late 1990s when he was offered a slot on Channel 4's "The Big Breakfast." He then went on to host his own show, "The Paul O'Grady Show," which ran for several years on ITV. In 2004, he won a BAFTA award for Best Entertainment Performance for the show.

Television debut

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He suffered a heart attack and underwent emergency surgery. He also struggled with alcoholism and depression, which he had been open about in his memoirs.

Health Issues

After leaving ITV, Paul O'Grady signed a deal with the BBC . He hosted a variety of shows for the broadcaster, including "Paul O'Grady's America" and "The One Show."

Joined BBC

He was a passionate animal lover and had been involved in animal welfare work for many years. He has presented several TV shows about animals, including "Paul O'Grady's Animal Orphans" and "Paul O'Grady: For the Love of Dogs."

Animal lover

He was successfull author. He had written several books, including his autobiography "At My Mother's Knee...and Other Low Joints" and the children's book series "The Adventures of Paul and Percy."

Literary success

He  had won numerous awards throughout his career, including a BAFTA a for best entertainment performance in 2005 and an OBE for services to entertainment in 2008

Awards and recognition

O'Grady continued to worked in television, radio, and writing.  He was a beloved figure in british entertainment and had inspired many with his talent, perseverance, and dedication to his passions.

Continued success

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