Host of Blind Date and Blankety Blank described as someone who stuck up for the underdog – particularly if they were canine
Paul O’Grady, pictured with rescue dogs in Battersea Park, London, once said that given the choice of more sex or money, he would choose a mongoose given his love of animals. Photograph: Geoff Caddick/PA
Television stars, human rights campaigners, the queen consort and animal rights charities have paid tribute to the entertainer Paul O’Grady, who has died aged 67.
O’Grady, who brought one of the first drag acts to television as Lily Savage, died “unexpectedly but peacefully” on Tuesday evening.
His appearance in drag on popular television shows in the 1990s meant he was seen as a “trailblazer” and “the most important person in British culture for drag”.
The campaigner Peter Tatchell told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme that O’Grady was “fierce in his beliefs and principles” and went out of his way to help people.