GRAHAM NORTON, Irish talk show host, born; an Irish actor, comedian and television presenter. In his autobiography, So Me, Graham Norton noted that it was “easier to be gay than Protestant in Ireland”. He achieved fame as a broadcaster on Britain’s Channel 4 and also through his role as Father Noel Furlong in the critically acclaimed Irish television series Father Ted.

Though he only appeared in three episodes, Norton’s performance as Father Noel proved extremely popular with viewers. Norton is out Gay, and is one of the UK’s most famous Gay personalities. He has since moved from Channel 4 and done much work for the BBC, with various shows for BBC One and BBC Two, and work on BBC Radio 2. He is also the co-owner of SO Television: the company which produces his various shows.