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‘‘We are very aware of the international audience we have now. Some weeks, we will look at the guest list and decide it’s a very domestic sofa. The thing we love the best is when someone British, like Benedict Cumberbatch, becomes a big star. We also know that Doctor Who is big in the United States,’’ Norton says.
Until Madonna stopped by for a chat, the singer had always been at the top of Norton’s wish-list of guests. He’s had to move up people such as George Clooney, Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Emma Stone and Jennifer Lawrence to the roster of people he would like to see on the show.
If the tables were turned and Norton had to be a guest, he would love to share the furniture with Joan Rivers and Bradley Cooper.
He believes that Americans don’t revere Rivers enough and Cooper is ‘‘pretty to look at’’.
Getting Tom Cruise on the show was another major coup for Norton, who never thought it would happen. Cruise was late to the show and Norton didn’t get to meet him until they were both in front of the cameras.
‘‘I don’t normally feel starstruck, but I was shocked by how affected I was having Tom Cruise on the show. I was gobsmacked. I just kept thinking ‘That’s Tom Cruise’,’’ Norton says.
While Norton is best known for his talk show, he also worked as a comedian and was in the series Father Ted.
He was born in a suburb of Irish capital Dublin but grew up in the small community of Bandon, County Cork.
Norton credits his youth in the small community with giving him the kind of curiosity a good talk show host needs.
His theory is that people who grow up in a rural community are more nosy by nature than those who live in urban environments and who tend to keep to themselves.
And when you’ve grown up in the country, it’s easier to appreciate a good ‘‘dead chicken’’ story when you hear it.
The Graham Norton Show: Sundays, 8.30pm, Ten, Ten SC.