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Inside Graham Norton's love life: from famous former flame to low-key marriage to filmmaker husband

The TV star tied the knot with filmmaker Jonathan McLeod in 2022

Graham Norton attends the EE British Academy Film Awards ceremony at the Royal Albert Hall on 02 February, 2020 in London, England
Emmy Griffiths
TV & Film Editor
Updated: 26 February 2024
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Graham Norton is one of the country's most beloved TV presenters, and has chatted to some of the world's most famous stars on his wildly popular chat show, The Graham Norton Show, about their love lives and families, including Oscar nominee Colman Domingo, who wowed Graham's audience and guests with the incredible story of how he met his husband. Find out what he said in the video below. 

WATCH: Colman Domingo's meet cute is amazing

But how much do you know about Graham's own romances? Find out everything you need to know about his love life here…

Is Graham Norton married?

Since July 2022, Graham has been married to filmmaker Jonathan 'Jono' McLeod. The pair tied the knot in a low-key ceremony in Corke, surrounded by around 120 guests. It was also reported that Lulu performed on the special day, aw!

Speaking about his nuptials at the time, Graham said: "I got married this year and we had our wedding party near to where my mother lives in Ireland just so she could come. 

Graham Norton attends the Sunday Times Style Christmas Party in 2015© Getty
Graham Norton wed filmmaker Jonathan McLeod in 2022

"She wouldn't have been well enough to come to London so West Cork it was. And it made me very happy."

While Graham likes to keep his personal life out of the spotlight, he gave a rare glimpse into his marriage during a recent interview.

Jono McLeod at the 25th British Independent Film Awards, VIP Arrivals, Old Billingsgate, London, UK - 04 Dec 2022© Anthony Harvey/Shutterstock for BIFA
Jono is a BAFTA-winning filmmaker

Speaking about how he's finding married life, the 60-year-old said: "It's good! I feel like I’ve turned on my tribe. You know when people in relationships, or who are married, want it for you? You just want me to do it to validate the choice you made!

"But I am enjoying it. I was older, so I went into it with my eyes wide open. You know the pitfalls of relationships, the dangers. But I met someone who I was willing to take a bet on," he told Attitude.

A look at Graham's previous relationships

Graham dated Trevor Patterson for two years, and broke up in 2013. He then went out with music marketing consultant Andrew Smith, who he split from in 2015. He has candidly spoken about how his relationships ended in the past, admitting that he believed that fame was a factor in the breakups.

RuPaul's Drag Race star Tina Burner, whose real name is Kristian Seeber, also opened up about dating Graham during an episode of the hit show, saying: "I love how you say fling. I was in a relationship," Kristian responded. "Graham is so famous, he's at that level where your life is just like put on a platform. He's such a great guy and it never ever got to him. It was the most amazing thing."

Graham Norton in a suit with his ex Kristian Seeber © Getty
Graham Norton previously dated Kristian Seeber

Graham also addressed their relationship - included an ill-fated decision to move in together - in his biography The Lives and Loves of a He Devil. He wrote: "The experiment lasted for about six months and it was a disaster. I realise that even to a perfect stranger the outcome would have been glaringly obvious, but when you are in the middle of something and you are desperate for it to work, you'll try anything."

Talking to the Sunday Mirror back in 2015, he said that he felt it would be easier to find someone if he was straight, explaining: "This will sound sexist but that doesn't mean it's any less true.

"If I were a straight man, my female partner would have a role in the eyes of society. She would be the mother of my children, my hostess, the person on my arm at red carpet events. She would have a defined function. But that's not the case if your partner is male. Every man – no matter how young or fey – has something of the alpha in him." He added that his ex-boyfriends have previously ended up "loathing" attending events with him because they hadn't "earned it for themselves".

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Graham previously dated Trevor Patterson

Graham's comments on being single 

While Graham is now happily married, he has previously said that he didn't mind being single, telling The Times in 2021: "There’s a weird thing that happens in your life that the older you get the less right you have to be picky, but the pickier you become. And your dating pool becomes smaller and smaller — but that’s because you want it to be.

"When you’re young it’s the opposite — you know you could be picky, but you’re not. So I think that’s what probably changed things. And, you know, I prefer to be unhappy alone. That’s the bottom line. And I’m not even unhappy."  

Graham Norton in a red velvet jacket at the EE British Academy Film Awards 2020© Getty
Graham keeps his personal life out of the spotlight

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