Graham Norton turns 60: The TV legend’s style evolution from the nineties to now

The Irish star has long had a penchant for fabulous fashion. By Katie Wright.
Graham Norton turns 60: The TV legend’s style evolution from the nineties to now

By Katie Wright, PA Fashion and Beauty Editor

Graham Norton has become a household name thanks to his entertaining celebrity interviews and legendary Eurovision commentary.

The much-loved chat show host and author, who turns 60 on April 4th, is also known for his signature suits – he’s rocked some eye-popping ensembles over four decades in the spotlight.

To mark his milestone birthday, this is how Norton’s style has evolved over the years…


Graham Norton at the 1999 Royal Television Society Programme Awards
(Peter Jordan/PA)

Born Graham William Walker in County Dublin in 1963, Norton later moved to London to study at the Central School of Speech and Drama.

After starting his career in stand-up comedy, Norton became a regular on TV panel shows in the Nineties, appeared in three episodes of classic comedy Father Ted and landed his first chat show hosting gig with Channel 4’s So Graham Norton in 1998.

Graham Norton at the 1999 National Television Awards
(William Conran/PA)

Attending showbiz events in the 1990s, the fashionable funnyman was already rocking his trademark tailoring, often choosing single-breasted suits in extravagant fabrics and bold colours.


Comedian Graham Norton and television presenter Davina McCall at the Rover British Fashion Awards 2000
(Fiona Hanson/PA)

Making the move to the BBC, Norton took part in Comic Relief in 2001, before making some of the biggest moves in his career – getting his own Friday night slot with The Graham Norton Show in 2007 and taking over from Terry Wogan as Eurovision commentator the following year.

 Graham Norton at the Royal Television Society Programme Awards 1999
(Martyn Hayhow/PA)

Appearing on the red carpet alongside famous friends, his style became increasingly flamboyant, with metallic fabrics becoming his signature look.

Graham Norton arrives at the 2002 British Academy Television Awards
(William Conran/PA)

When Norton did opt for a monochrome look, his suits often featured ruffles, lace or glitzy embellishments.


Graham Norton attends the Jimmy Choo and Esquire London Collections: Men opening night party in 2013
(Lewis Whyld/PA)

Continuing to interview A-listers on his hugely popular TV show and lend his wit to Eurovision, Norton landed another chatty role in 2010, taking over from Jonathan Ross to present BBC Radio 2’s Saturday morning slot.

Graham Norton arriving for the 2014 Arqiva British Academy Television Awards
(Ian West/PA)

Midway through the decade, Norton revealed a major style change, growing a trendy grey beard which he’s kept ever since.

Graham Norton arrives at the Serpentine Gallery Summer Party
(Ian West/PA)

Toning down his style somewhat in his 50s, he swapped shiny suits for more luxe fabrics with pops of primary colour in summer.


Graham Norton attending the Royal Television Society Programme Awards 2022
(Yui Mok/PA)

Still riding high as chat show king, Eurovision legend, bestselling author and now podcast host with The Graham Norton Book Club, the comedian turned all-round entertainer has achieved bonafide national treasure status.

Graham Norton attending the Paramount+ UK launch event in 2022
(Ian West/PA)

His personal style continues to go from strength to strength, too. Favouring designers like Tom Ford and Thom Browne, Norton always looks dapper on the red carpet in perfectly tailored suits with just the right amount of pizzazz.

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