Paul O'Grady

Paul O'Grady


6/14/1955, Birkenhead, Merseyside, England

Birth Name

Paul James O'Grady



Also Known As

Lily Savage, Paul O'Grady
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Paul James O'Grady was born on 14 June 1955 in Birkenhead, England. He attended Christian Brothers School and, after his graduation, worked as a clerk in a magistrate's court. During that time he met a woman named Diane Jansen with whom he had a brief affair. Their daughter,…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • He can eat fire.

    • Does precise immitations of various celebrities.

    • "I knew after the semifinal game that my team would not be able to run for the whole game. We felt that we could run in the second half."

    • "We weren't going to give up our trip, so we saved up the cost of gas prices over time. It's pretty much doubled our (driving) cost. We have one more major trip across the U.S. in November. We're still taking that. Other than that, I don't know. We've cut down to one car. We let the other one sit."

    • "[The success of my show is due to] people on the dole who have nothing else to do at 5 o'clock."

    • "It's time to nip this one in the bud."

    • "The worst drivers are women in people carriers, men in white vans and anyone in a baseball cap. That's just about everyone."

    • My nose is running like a gas blowers bum.

    • [when he's talking about ghost hunting] I'd kill to see a ghost.

    • [catchphrase said to "Bert"] Bert, put that clip on!

    • "I got mistaken for a serial killer in Germany, once. Two years ago, I was in Berlin and they let some nut out and the people in the street were all goin' "Ooh ooh!" pointing at me, and I thought, "Oh I didn't know they had the Lilly Savage Show here." "

    • Keeps joking about his producer, Bert.

    • Paul currently lives on a farm in a tiny village in Kent.

    • O'Grady was brought up in an Irish Catholic household in Tranmere. He attended St Anselm's College, Birkenhead. When he was 19 he worked as a clerk in a magistrate's court and met Diane Jansen, ten years his senior, with whom he had a daughter, Sharyn. However, he claims he was "gay from the moment he was born". Three years after his daughter was born, Paul wed a Portuguese lesbian waitress called Teresa Fernandes in a marriage of convenience.

    • Paul's jobs have included civil servant, cleaner for Cleo Laine, office work in an abattoir and a woodsman. He has also worked in a children's home in Kirkby.

    • In 1977, he went to Manila where he worked as a waiter in Gussy's Bar (also a brothel). It was here he got the idea for Lily Savage. He returned to London in the early 1980s and subsequently achieved fame with his creation of Lily, initially playing to gay clubs around Vauxhall in London but then taking the act into the mainstream. Lily first became popular on television as the 'On the Bed Presenter' on The Big Breakfast, a Channel 4 morning show. For a few years Lily hosted the game show Blankety Blank for the BBC and later for Talkback Thames shown on ITV, as well as her own comedy show Lily Live! (made by London Weekend Television for the ITV Network, 2000).

    • Paul once played a prostitute called Roxanne in an episode of The Bill.

    • In 2003, he was listed in The Observer as one of the 50 funniest acts in British comedy.

    • More recently (in 2005) he has tended to appear less as Lily and more often as himself, and he had success as the presenter of his own early evening talk show, The Paul O'Grady Show, on the ITV network, which controversially ran head to head with Richard and Judy who are both close friends of Paul on rival terrestrial station Channel 4. In 2003 he appeared in Celebrity Driving School for the BBC and more recently guested on LivingTV's paranormal show, Most Haunted Live. In December 2005 he won the Best TV Comedy Entertainment Personality category of the British Comedy Award.

    • On the 10th January 2006, in a shock decision, Paul decided to ditch ITV and take his daytime chat show to Channel 4 after the company which produces Granada programming apparently 'forgot' to renew his contract. Paul is still in an ongoing dispute with ITV, regarding the use of props and studio design for his daytime chat show (The Paul O'Grady Show). As a consequence of this, Paul has decided he never wants to work for ITV again and has pulled out of appearing on a new talent show and host of The British Soap Awards. Mr O'Grady was very outspoken in his anger towards ITV plc for a while after his move to 4, but less so recently.

    • On the 27th March 2006, Paul began hosting his talk show, now called The New Paul O'Grady Show, on Channel 4. It is shown weekdays from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. and this series is scheduled to run until 16 June 2006. Channel Four's Richard and Judy went head to head with ITV's Paul O Grady Show during 2004 with the friends being forced against each other, but ever since O'Grady's decision to move to Channel Four, they have agreed to bury old quarrels. Richard and Judy and O'Grady share the Channel Four 5pm-6pm slot with each show sharing 6 Months of the Channel 4 teatime schedule.

    • Appeared on "Most Haunted Live".

    • In 1977 Paul wed a Portuguese lesbian waitress in a marriage of convenience.

    • To celebrate passing his driving test in 2003, following the show 'Celebrity Driving School', Paul bought himself a VW Beetle convertible which he named Emma Peel.

    • His production company, Olga TV is named after one of his pets.

    • Has his own production company- Olga TV.

    • His show moved to Channel 4, even though he doubted it would happen throught the first episodes of the Paul O'Grady show.

    • Has a close relationship to Cilla Black.

    • Has a Liverpudlian accent.

    • He was given an honorary fellowship to Liverpool John Moores University [22 July 2005].

    • His only child Sharon Jansen married her childhood friend Philip Moseley at Liverpool Town Hall on July 30, 2005.

    • He was offered a cameo part of a TV producer in Doctors by Christopher Timothy.

    • He was offered a guest part in Emmerdale Farm.

    • Often jokes that he "learnt" to play the organ at the "Birkenhead school of music." After a segment of his new TV show where he mimes to tunes for competition contestants to win up-to £2,000.

    • Has 3 small dogs. Two of which are called Buster and Olga. He got Olga in 2004 as she was one of many puppies who appeared on the show in an appeal to be re-homed. O'Grady decided he himself would keep her.

    • He owns a small farm.

    • He is close to Cilla Black.

    • Formerly a social worker.

    • Has a 30-year old daughter

  • Quotes

  • The Paul O\'grady show is a good show.

    I would say the show is really good, the downside is it has to many Americans on and this spoils it due to the fact they don\\\'t get the humour side of the show. Stick to the English humour and everythings fine.

    Paul pulls it off well and his organ is the best, giving money away is always 100% crowd puller.

    Would like to see Paul doing some stand up as well instead of just sitting behind the desk but all in all it\\\'s very entertaining.

    I might even plug you at smilieland tvmoreless