Paul O'Grady

(Paul James O'Grady)

Paul O'Grady
Paul O'Grady
  • Born: June 14, 1955
  • Nationality: British
  • Profession: Broadcaster, Comedian, Drag Queen, Actor, Entrepreneur, Author, Television Personality, Producer









Paul James O'Grady, MBE is an English comedian, television presenter, actor, writer, and radio disc jockey. O'Grady achieved notability in the London gay scene during the 1980s with his drag queen character, Lily Savage, with which he went mainstream in the 1990s. He subsequently dropped the character and in the 2000s became the presenter of a range of television and radio shows, most notably The Paul O'Grady Show.

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Channel 4 are a great bunch of people to work with and the crew are lovely. Working at ITV was like being in the court of Caligula. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
Comedy, your funny bone, is formed in childhood. Humor
Every week I have a disaster in my kitchen. The fire alarm goes off repeatedly. But it doesn't stop me being adventurous.
I am quite happy to take a cut. You've got to, if you want to work and continue working. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I can eat beef, provided it's minced in disguise. I couldn't eat a gammon steak. Forget it.
I don't go for glamour roles.
I don't like awards ceremonies. I'd sooner go to the pub with mates I've known for years.
I don't live with people, that's why my relationships last. I'm not romantic. Even when I was a teenager if somebody asked if they could hold my hand I'd say, - no, it's not heavy, I can hold it myself, thank you'. Romantic
I don't want to sit until I'm 90 with people running around after me. I'm not one for sitting on the couch.
I don't want to sound like Catherine Cookson but I've worked since I was eight, with a paper round and in a fruit and veg shop. Taking a pay cut won't demotivate me, not at all. It's not about money in the first place. It's about the job. Money, Coins & Minting
I dress up as a middle-aged prostitute and do a game show.
I enjoyed school - although I ran away on the first day. I'd reminded the teacher that it was nearly time for 'Watch With Mother' on TV. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;Time
I go in the butchers and there's not a lot of meat I can eat these days, with having all the animals.
I know it's a cliche, but I didn't want to work in an office. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I like to travel, and I would love to be fluent in at least four languages. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Travel
I like working with kids; they keep you going.
I love looking after animals. I find it very enjoyable. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
I make a wonderful cure-all called Four Thieves, just like my mum did. It's cider vinegar, 36 cloves of garlic and four herbs, representing four looters of plague victims' homes in 1665 who had their sentences reduced from burning at the stake to hanging for explaining the recipe that kept them from catching the plague.
I only like doing live telly. It's great because you go in and do it and then go home. No edit, no retakes.
I still consider myself working class. I know my circumstances have changed dramatically since I was growing up back in Birkenhead.
I think it's bad for fellas when they lose their mothers. Mine was such a character. Oh it was sad, really sad. And, with her gone, the family home was gone, so what was left of any roots I had were completely dug up. Families, Children & Parenting
I was a really picky eater as a child. Because I was obsessed by Popeye, my mum and aunts would put my food in a can to represent spinach and we'd hum the Popeye tune and then I'd happily eat it. Nutrition, Food, Starvation, Farming & Agriculture
I was born late - what my mother calls the last kick of a dying horse. There's three of us children, but I'm 13 or 14 years younger than my brother and sister.
I was Popeye mad when I was a kid, and I'd eat spinach until the cows came home.
I went to work for the Civil Service. I'd wanted to work for the Ministry of Defence because I had some far-fetched idea that it had something to do with the Avengers, but I ended up in Social Security. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I'd rather do community service than sit and write a load of Christmas cards.
If I wanted your opinion, I'd slap it outta ya.
I'm not a businessman. I could pack it in, but I like work. I don't want to sound like Catherine Cookson, but I've worked since I was eight, with a paper round and in a fruit and veg shop. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
It's become normal for me to walk on set as Popeye, Frankenstein or an Elf or even a chicken.
I've got four dogs, eight chickens, 10 sheep and six pigs.
Mum and Dad died of heart problems, my grandparents died of it, my sister has had mini strokes, my brother has had a heart attack - it's genetic; there's nothing I can do. Families, Children & Parenting
My primary school teacher once poured a bottle of curdled school milk forcefully down my throat. Then I threw it up all over her suede shoes. I'd rather have drunk from the spittoon in Barney's barber shop. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
Taking a pay cut won't demotivate me, not at all. It's not about money in the first place. It's about the job. Money, Coins & Minting
The person I always enjoy having a meal with is Cilla Black. I might not see her for months, but then I'll pick her up at her flat, and we'll go to a restaurant, and it's like I've seen her that morning. Morning
The worst drivers are women in people carriers, men in white vans and anyone in a baseball cap. That's just about everyone. Women
Times are hard and friends are few.
When my dog Buster died, I couldn't get over it. I was in bits.
Writing is such a solitary existence, and I can only do it late at night.
You can draw the character out of pets, and you can make them your friends, but they are animals, and they have to be allowed to live the lives of animals.