Paul O'Grady

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Paul O'Grady
Paul James Michael O'Grady MBE (born 1955. Died 2023) was an English comedian, television presenter, actor, writer and radio DJ, previously better known for his drag act under the name "Lily Savage".
Lily Savage clothing (Liverpool Museum: Photograph by Dr Clifford Williams)

Born in Birkenhead, Paul O'Grady moved to London in 1978 working as a care officer for Camden Council, and began appearing as Lily Savage, initially at the Black Cap. As Lily Savage he appeared at the Royal Vauxhall Tavern and other venues, and in several popular TV shows. He retired Lily Savage around 2004, and then began appearing regularly on television as himself.

Further reading

Paul O'Grady, At my Mother's Knee... and other low joints, Bantam Press, 2008. ISBN 978-0-593-05925-8