Paul O'Grady is dead, The comedian and TV presenter, who rose to fame on the nightclub circuit as the acerbic, platinum wig-wearing Lily Savage, died “unexpectedly but peacefully” on Tuesday evening at the age of 67, his partner, Andre Portasio, said in a statement.
Paul James O'Grady is a well-known British comedian, television presenter, actor, writer, and radio presenter.
He is widely recognized for his iconic alter ego, Lily Savage, a loud and brash drag queen character he created in the 1980s.
O'Grady's work has earned him several accolades and made him a beloved figure in the entertainment industry.
Paul James O'Grady was born on June 14, 1955, in Birkenhead, Cheshire, England. His parents were both Irish immigrants, and he grew up in a working-class Catholic family.
O'Grady had a difficult childhood and struggled with his sexuality from a young age. However, he found solace in performing and began his career in show business as a drag queen.
In the 1980s, O'Grady created the character of Lily Savage, a loud and brash drag queen known for her outrageous sense of humor.
Lily Savage quickly became a popular figure on the club scene and gained national recognition with appearances on TV shows such as “The Big Breakfast” and “Blankety Blank.” In 1997, she landed her own TV show, “The Lily Savage Show,” which aired for two seasons.
In the early 2000s, O'Grady decided to retire the Lily Savage character and focus on his career as a mainstream television presenter.
He hosted several successful shows, including “The Paul O'Grady Show,” “Paul O'Grady Live,” and “For the Love of Dogs.”
His work earned him several awards, including a BAFTA TV Award and a National Television Award.
In addition to his work in entertainment, O'Grady is also a passionate animal rights activist.
He has campaigned for various animal welfare issues and has been a vocal opponent of animal testing.
O'Grady has used his platform to raise awareness about animal cruelty and encourage people to adopt rescue animals.
Paul O'Grady Husband: Meet Andre Portasio
He was married twice, first to Teresa Fernandes, a Portuguese model, and later to Andre Portasio, a former ballet dancer.
O'Grady and Fernandes divorced after 28 years of marriage, while he and Portasio were together for over a decade before tying the knot in 2017.