Paul O’Grady was an English comedian, actor, and television presenter, born on June 14, 1955, in Birkenhead, England.
He was best known for his drag queen alter ego, Lily Savage, and his work as a presenter on various TV shows.
O’Grady began his career as a stand-up comedian in the 1980s, performing as Lily Savage, a larger-than-life drag queen with a sharp tongue and an irreverent sense of humor.
He gained popularity on the UK comedy circuit and made several TV appearances, including on the BBC’s “Saturday Live” and Channel 4’s “The Big Breakfast.”
In 1998, O’Grady began hosting his own talk show, “The Paul O’Grady Show,” on Channel 4. The show was a hit and ran for ten years, during which time O’Grady won numerous awards for his presenting skills.
O’Grady has also appeared in a number of TV dramas, including “The Bill,” “Holby City,” and “Coronation Street,” and has lent his voice to several animated TV shows, including “Bob the Builder” and “Watership Down.”
In addition to his work in entertainment, O’Grady is a passionate animal rights activist and has campaigned for better treatment of animals in the UK and around the world.
He has written several books about his experiences with his own pets and the animals he has encountered during his travels.
O’Grady died “unexpectedly but peacefully” on 28 March 2023, aged 67.
His death was announced by his partner, André Portasio, and tributes for the former television host came in from TV presenter Lorraine Kelly and LGBTQ+ rights campaigner Peter Tatchell.
Paul O’Grady Siblings: Meet Brendan O’Grady, Sheila O’Grady
Paul O’Grady had four siblings. His older brother, Eddie, died when he was young, and his other siblings were:
Sheila – O’Grady’s older sister who worked as a nurse and was a supportive figure in his life.
Brendan – O’Grady’s younger brother who tragically died in 2018 after a battle with cancer.
Patrick – O’Grady’s younger brother who was estranged from the family for many years but was reunited with them later in life.