Paul O'Grady

Paul O’Grady may be best known for his love of dogs but his career in entertainment has been a long and very diverse one.

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Paul moved to London from Birkenhead and whilst working as a social worker he began his comedy career on the pub and club circuit. He appeared as Lily Savage on stage and screen hosting his own shows on BBC and ITV. He appeared on stage in "Prisoner Cell Block H – The Musical" and played Miss Hannigan in "Annie" at the Victoria Palace Theatre.  Paul went on to appear in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang as the Childcatcher in 2002, as well as appearing in Eyes Down, a BBC sitcom in 2003.

In 2004/5 Paul hosted his own teatime TV show for ITV - "The Paul O’Grady Show". With a move to Channel 4 this became "The New Paul O’Grady Show" in 2006, running for 11 series. Mixed with Paul’s irrepressible humour and the occasional comment from Buster and Olga, Paul’s dogs, he brought new life to the early evening schedule. Paul moved to the 9pm slot for two series on ITV with "Paul O’Grady Live" in 2010/11.

"The Paul O’Grady Show" returned to ITV in November/December 2013 and again May 2014 and April/May 2015. Paul has become a regular at Battersea Dogs and Cats Home presenting a behind the scenes documentary: "Paul O'Grady: For the Love of Dogs" - a hugely successful series which began on ITV Sept/Oct 2012 reaching 5 million viewers.  He is about to start filming the seventh series.

Paul has also travelled to South Africa and Zambia to film a three-part documentary "Animal Orphans" which aired on ITV in January 2014 with a second series including a visit to Namibia in January 2015 and a third series in April 2016 visiting Borneo to meet orangutans and sun bears.  In 2016 he travelled to India to film in Agra and Assam highlighting the plight of the elephants and bears that have been rescued from terrible cruelty.  In 2017 he visited Delhi to film with the street dogs.


2017 also saw Paul become the host of the relaunched Blind Date show, along with his other regular hosting duties.

In between filming Paul has found time to write his autobiography in four parts to great acclaim and he has been a regular presenter on Radio 2 with his own show “Paul O’Grady” running on Sundays 5-7pm since 5th April 2009.

Paul has five dogs of his own who all live with him and his menagerie of pigs, sheep, chickens, goats, and owls. He is a supporter of many charities, Ambassador for Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, and Save the Children, a Patron of, among others, Orangutan Appeal UK and Wildlife SOS.

Paul and his dogs