Saturday 25 January 2020

Step aside Graham Norton, Dara O'Briain lands plum role of BAFTA presenter

Dara O'Briain
Dara O'Briain
Graham Norton
Adele gives the middle finger after her acceptance speech was cut short at the Brit Awards
Adele with her two awards in the press room at the 2012 Brit Awards at The O2 Arena

Brian O'Reilly

IRISH comedian and ‘Mock the Week’ host Dara O’Briain is to host the 2012 BAFTA awards, it has been announced.

The former host of RTE’s ‘The Panel’ will take over from fellow Irish man Graham Norton, who has had to step aside due to his commitments to hosting the BBC’s coverage of the Eurovison song contest.



The popular comedian isn’t taking his role too seriously however, telling PA "I'm delighted and honoured to be taking the reins at this year's British Academy Television Awards in the prestigious role as the person who introduces the people who read out the winners of the awards."



O’Briain also said he will not be interrupting Adele should she win anything, after the controversy when James Corden interrupted the ‘rolling in the deep’ singer’s acceptance speech at the Brits.



“If Adele wins anything I promise I'll leave her well alone, no matter what time it is,” he joked.



The Wicklow native has seen his star rapidly rise over the last few years. It was announced last week he is to make his acting debut in Michael Winterbottom's new film, ‘The King of Soho’.



His first major TV role was as host of RTE satirical show ‘The Panel’, from which he moved to front a similar BBC satirical panel show, ‘Mock the Week.’ He is also host of the BBC’s Apprentice spin off show, ‘The Apprentice: You’re Fired!’



He is currently on the UK leg of his tour after selling out Irish venues through out January and February. He returns to Dublin’s Vicar Street in July. He refuses to discuss his private life, but is married to a doctor in London and they have two daughters.



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