Blind Date’s ‘Our Graham’ dies aged 90: Iconic voiceover artist Graham Skidmore recapped hundreds of hopefuls’ answers for Cilla Black over the ITV show’s 17-year run
- Blind Date, which ran from 1985 to 2002, featured Skidmore as a regular fixture
- He was also a voiceover artist on BBc2’s Shooting Stars with Vic Reeves
- ‘He might not have wanted to be seen on screen, but he had a celebrity voice – a known voice,’ said his son Neil, 54
Graham Skidmore, known as the iconic voiceover artists of Blind Date, has died
TV legend Graham Skidmore, known as the iconic voiceover artists of Blind Date, has died aged 90.
Blind Date, which ran from 1985 to 2002, featured Skidmore as a regular fixture where he recapped hundreds of answers given by potential suitors and was known as ‘Our Graham’ on the show.
He was dropped from the ITV hit show after a 17-year run, with Tommy Sandhu taking his position in 2002.
Skidmore attended the funeral of co-host Cilla Black in 2015.
It was black who gave him the nickname ‘Our Graham’.
He was also a voiceover artist on BBC2’s Shooting Stars with Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer.
Before his television career, Graham owned a launderette, a corner shop and did up flats before going on to do voiceover work for Blind Date and Shooting Stars.
‘He might not have wanted to be seen on screen, but he had a celebrity voice – a known voice,’ his son Neil, 54, told The Sun.
‘He loved it. I do event organising and had a show in London and got Dad to do the voice over. People recognised him straight away.’
Skidmore, who suffered from vascular dementia in later life, spent his last years living in Kent.
His daughter Catherine Johnson, 52, said Graham had wanted to be a doctor, but missed his final exams because of an ear infection – leading him to a career in television as a voiceover artist.
He died on December 27 2021, but the news of his passing was only confirmed on Sunday.
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