Paul O’Grady, the beloved British television presenter and comedian, has passed away at the age of 67. The news of his death has left fans and colleagues in shock this morning. He was a prominent figure across TV and radio, known for his wit, humour, and warmth.
Best known in his earlier years for his drag character Lily Savage who had a residency at the famous Royal Vauxhall Tavern, who took over from Paula Yates on the Big Breakfast Bed, hosted Top of the Pops and of course Blankety Blank, Paul gradually showed more of himself in his TV appearances with his own tea time chat show and hosted a Sunday afternoon Radio 2 show.
Born in Birkenhead, Merseyside, O’Grady began his career in the 1980s as a drag queen known as Lily Savage. He rose to fame with his witty and irreverent persona and went on to become a household name in the UK. In the late 1990s, he reinvented himself as a television presenter, hosting his own talk show, “The Paul O’Grady Show,” which aired from 2004 to 2015. He also hosted numerous other programs, including “For the Love of Dogs” and “Blind Date.”
O’Grady’s death has sparked an outpouring of tributes from fans, colleagues, and friends. Many have praised his talent, kindness, and generosity, both on and off screen. Comedian and actor David Walliams tweeted: “Shocked and saddened to hear that the brilliant Paul O’Grady has passed away. He was one of the funniest, warmest, and most talented people in the business. My heart goes out to his family and loved ones.”
O’Grady was also known for his activism and philanthropy. He was a vocal supporter of numerous charities, including Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, which he supported through his program “For the Love of Dogs.” He was also a patron of the Terrence Higgins Trust, which works to support people living with HIV and AIDS.
The death of Paul O’Grady is a loss not just for his family, friends, and fans, but for the entertainment industry as a whole. His talent, humour, and kindness will be deeply missed. As we mourn his passing, we can take comfort in the legacy he leaves behind and the joy he brought to so many people’s lives.
We’d like to send our deepest condolences to Paul’s partner Andre and all of his family and friends at this sad time.