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Overview (3)

Born in Birkenhead, Merseyside, England, UK
Birth NamePaul James O'Grady
Height 6' 1" (1.86 m)

Mini Bio (1)

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, Sharyn, was born in 1974. However, Paul felt that he was too young to be a father and decided to travel to Europe where he worked (among other occupations) as a waiter in a brothel in Manila. He returned to England in the 1980s and in 1985 he debuted his drag character, Lily Savage, in the gay bars and clubs throughout London. The character became extremely popular and afforded Paul his own television show, "Live From The Lilydrome", which debuted in 1995. In 2000 he retired the character of Lily Savage and began appearing on television solely as Paul O'Grady. In 2002 Paul suffered a heart attack in his London flat. He now lives on a farm near Kent, England. Paul is currently single and happily devoted to his daughter, with whom he shares a very close relationship.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Calliope & Frankie_fan4711

Spouse (2)

Andre Portasio (5 August 2017 - present)
Teresa Fernandes (1 April 1977 - 2005) ( divorced)

Trade Mark (2)

Outrageous drag persona
Liverpudlian accent

Trivia (25)

Although gay, he was married to a woman before he was famous, which produced a daughter, Sharon (born 16 May 1974).
He was a social worker before becoming famous.
He was close to fellow Liverpudlian Cilla Black and inherited her role as presenter of Blind Date (1985) following her death.
He has a small farm.
He has three small dogs, named Buster, Olga and Louie, the former two being regulars on his show. 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 often claims that he learned to play the organ at the fictitious "Birkenhead School of Music" during a segment of his TV show where he (pretends) to play a Hammond Organ, and contestants must guess the tunes he "plays".
He was offered a guest part in "Emmerdale Farm" (1972)_.
He was offered a cameo part of a TV Producer in Doctors by Christopher Timothy.
His only child Sharon Jansen married her childhood friend Philip Moseley at Liverpool Town Hall on July 30, 2005.
On 22 July 2005, he was given an honorary fellowship to Liverpool John Moores University.
His long term lover and business partner of 20 years was TV producer Brendan Murphy, who died of cancer on June 12, 2005. After the first show of series three of the "Paul O'Grady Show", there was a tribute to him.
In the Independent on Sunday 2006 Pink List - a list of the most influential gay men and women - he came no. 32, up from 33.
He became a grandfather for the first time when his daughter, Sharon, gave birth to her first child - a baby boy - with husband Philip on 26th December 2006. The baby weighed 7lbs and 14ozs and was named Abel Moseley.
He was awarded the MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2008 Queen's Birthday Honours List for his services to entertainment.
His favourite television series is The Avengers (1961).
He owns a tapestry that was made and given to him by Wendy Richard.
He is a close family friend of Natalie Cassidy, whom he refers to as his "niece".
On 29th September he adopted a new puppy live on air after much nagging from the studio audience. O'Grady was hosting a segment on homeless animals when he began to fall in love with the dog, named Scottie. He announced that the new puppy would be renamed Bullseye on the following show.
On 19th November 2009 he had to put his beloved dog, Buster, to sleep after it was found he was suffering from cancer. He announced Buster's death live on air on 23rd November and had to leave the stage during a tribute to Buster as he was too upset to watch.
He is an accomplished pianist and organist.
At age 11, discovered Barbra Streisand over the hospital radio while convalescing after a tonsillectomy operation. Ever since has counted her as one of his all-time favorite recording artists.
In March 2005, he was presenting a new series of "The Paul O'Grady Show" which started on 14th March 2005 and is running for 16 weeks.
He suffered near-fatal heart attacks in 2002 and 2006.
He was said to be trying to give up smoking when he suffered an angina attack in November 2013, which necessitated further heart surgery.
He is major supporter of the Labour Party and an LGBT rights activist. He joined a public protest in the UK against Russia's introduction of a law under Vladimir Putin which prevented the promotion of homosexuality to children.

Personal Quotes (7)

I was sort of, well, I hate the word bisexual, because I think bisexuality's just greed. There's no such thing, you're either gay or straight. But I've never said, 'Oh, I'm gay.' I always liked girls and fellas as a teenager, way up into my 20s. But my sexuality's never been a problem for me - I've got as many gay friends as I have straight friends.
I still consider myself working class. I know my circumstances have changed dramatically since I was growing up back in Birkenhead. Now I live in rural Kent in what I suppose people would call a posh house. But it's still in me.
The working class has taken a real battering over the past few decades, so much so that you can barely see them. But I have spoken to lots of cab drivers and shop keepers, for instance, who work 14 hours a day and are proud to be called working class.
The Catholic Church has no right to wag the finger at gay people. How can we respect a church that has encouraged paedophiles by moving them from one parish to another, free to carry on again?
It's Sheriff-of-Nottingham times: 'What do the working classes eat? Pasties. Let's tax those. Where do they go on their holidays? In static caravans. We'll tax them.' I didn't notice a tax on polo mallets. I loathe Cameron; I loathe Osborne. We didn't vote them in and yet here they are deciding for us. I'd like to see their heads on spikes on Tower Bridge. Seriously. I'd sleep well.
Why aren't the bankers in the dock? The working classes are suffering in this country. They're a joke in the media - they're portrayed as chavs and rioters.
I do count my blessings. I have had two heart attacks, and if I get to 60 that will be amazing. I don't fear anything nowadays. There has to be an angel out there. They are trying to steer me out of trouble 24 hours a day.

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