Paul O'Grady moved into the world of entertainment via his alter ego Lily Savage - notorious for her shop-lifting and acid tongue. Well-known for hosting 'The Lily Savage Show' (BBC); 'Lily Live' (ITV); and 'Lily Savage’s Blankety Blank', Paul has been increasingly appearing on television in his own right with several TV presenting roles under his belt.
Paul O’Grady moved into the world of entertainment via his alter ego Lily Savage. Born in Cheshire he moved to London to work as a social worker and began his comedy career on the pub and club circuit developing the ‘blonde bombsite’ character of Lily – a single mother of two – notorious for her shop lifting and acid tongue.
Lily’s television career is well-known including hosting “The Lily Savage Show” (BBC); “Lily Live” (ITV); and “Lily Savage’s Blankety Blank”. Her theatre career has seen her touring nationally with her own live show; a twelve-week run in the West End and national tour in “Prisoner Cell Block H – The Musical”; playing Miss Hannigan in “Annie” at the Victoria Palace Theatre and on national tour. Lily was also a hit on the panto scene.
Whilst Lily had a soaring career, Paul has made an incredibly successful career on television himself. He has two travel shows under his belt – the first recorded in the Far East in the spring of 2000 “Paul O’Grady’s Orient” and the second recorded in the US in the spring of 2001 “Paul O’Grady’s America”
He presented “Screen Tests of the Stars” which was shown on ITV in April 2002 and he also recorded “Live Forever” which focuses on the career of Bette Davis and is yet to be shown.
In 2002 Paul also recorded a pilot for a reality gameshow “Madworld”. Towards the end of 2002 he appeared in the role of Child Catcher in “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” at the London Palladium for three months.
In 2004 he launched his own chat show The Paul O’Grady Show, it successfully ran for twelve series, featuring countless all-star guests.
Witty and accomplished, Paul is the perfect host to bring showbiz glamour to any awards ceremony.