Paul O'Grady

Paul O’Grady, MBE, was born in Cheshire in 1955. His drag, alter ego character 'Lily Savage' brought him to fame, namely in vibrant comedy show’s such as Blankety Blank and Live Live!, as well as touring the UK as part of Playgirls, the drag mime double act. He later became best known as the host of ‘The Paul O’Grady Show’ and a well-known TV comedian.

After starting acting as Lily Savage in pubs and bars, his theatre debut began in 1981, where he appeared as one of the Ugly Sister's in drag pantomime of Cinderella. He then performed at the Donmar Warehouse, acting in If They’d Asked for a Lion Tamer. Other early theatre roles include playing 'Nancy' in the London Palladium’s adaption of Oliver! In 1994. He has also performed in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at the London Palladium in 2002 and starred and co-wrote Victoria Palace’s, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in 2004. Both performances were played as his iconic character, Lily Savage. Lily has won many awards ranging from the National TV Awards to the British Comedy Awards, including BBC TV personality of the year 1997.

O’Grady returns to the theatre in December 2016, playing The Wicked Stepmother in Cinderella alongside comedian Julian Clary at the London Palladium. The cast also include Lee Mead, Paul Zerdin, Amanda Holden and Nigel Havers,with the show will running from 9 December to 5 January.

Selected London & West End Stage Appearances

Show Role Theatre Year Link
Cinderella The Wicked Stepmother London Palladium 2016 News
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Wicked Queen Victoria Palace 2004 Review
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang The Child Catcher London Palladium 2002  
Oliver Nancy London Palladium 1994  
Annie Miss Hannigan Victoria Palace 1988  
If They'd Asked for a Lion Tamer Lily Savage Donmar Warehouse 1983  

 

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