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Graham Norton opens up on being stabbed in London

By Darragh Murphy

October 27, 2019 at 12:08pm

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Graham Norton has admitted that his whole perspective on life changed after being stabbed in the chest in 1989.

The Irish television presenter opened up on being left for dead in London during his days as a drama student.

Norton, 56, suffered significant blood loss in the knife attack 30 years ago but has revealed that the experience made him begin appreciating the important things in life.

"The most formative thing that ever happened to me was getting stabbed in 1989," Norton told The Observer in a new interview. "It gave me real perspective on life and what mattered."

He continued: "I went back to drama school and people were slamming doors because of the roles they got and I was like: 'Uh, I nearly died. I’m just really happy to be alive'."

Norton, from Bandon in West Cork, has urged young people to stop carrying knives amid an ongoing knife crime crisis.

In an interview with the Mirror last month, Norton discussed being stabbed as well as another attempted mugging a few years later.

He said: "I think it’s a lack of imagination in the end, that if you had the empathy, that level of imagination to think it through, that the person you’re stabbing could be a brother, friend, sister, mother or father, you wouldn’t do it.

"Somehow people have been dehumanised."

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