It seems he didn’t always want to be a TV star.
This picture from The Children’s Society reveals that the young Graham Norton wanted to be a zoo keeper.
Graham gets up and personal with a giraffe at London Zoo as part of a unique photographic exhibition that sneaks a peek for the first time ever into the childhood dreams 20 famous celebrities.
“Growing up I wanted to be a zoo keeper, as it seemed like the glamorous side of being a farmer,” said Graham.
“The first time I visited a zoo was in Dublin when I was five; most of the exotic creatures seemed to be just sleeping heaps of fur.
“Then I learnt the plan to work with animals involved actual study rather than hanging around swinging from tyres, and I can’t really imagine working with them now.”
Cherie Blaire, Eric Sykes, Chris Tarrant, Dame Judi Dench, Sadie Frost and Beverley Knight were photographed for the exhibition along with Graham.
This is the first time any of the sitters have been asked this question and photographed like this. Their real childhood dreams revealed a few surprises along the way on what they wanted to do.
Hosted by The Children’s Society and photographed by award-winning photographer David Chancellor.
This free exhibition at is being launched tomorrow at The Hospital, Covent Garden and is open to the public from Wednesday until April 10 2007.
The images sit alongside four images of the children the charity works with photographed as themselves.
When I Grow Up highlights that regardless of background all children have the right to dream.
The Children’s Society is a national children’s charity working with over 50,000 children and teenagers every year, in 90 towns and cities.
It works in partnership with communities, schools and families and helps children at risk on the streets, children in trouble with the law, young refugees and children with disabilities.
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