Blind Date’s ‘Our Graham’ Dies At 90 | Television

Graham Skidmore, the veteran Blind Date announcer, has died aged 90.

Skidmore was dubbed “Our Graham” by Cilla Black, the host of the long-running dating show, which originally aired between 1985 and 2003.

Skidmore died in December, PA news reports, and his death is only now coming to light after it was featured as a memoriam in the latest actors’ union magazine Equity.

Though often heard and rarely seen, his daughter Catherine Johnson, 52, told the Sun that he was an “amazing man” who made sure that others were taken care of.

“He was very humble. He wasn’t a theatrical ‘look at me’ person. He never really wanted his face to be seen, so he liked to do the voiceovers,” Johnson said.

Born in 1931, Skidmore dreamed of becoming a doctor but missed his final exams due to an ear infection, which also prevented him from fighting in the Korean War. Skidmore took up theater and voiceover work and owned a corner shop, laundromat and developed properties.

In addition to doing voiceovers for BBC Two’s Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer’s Shooting Stars, Johnson said her father appeared in a St Trinian’s film and was featured in the background of the film Eyes Wide Shut, starring Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman.

“He was a wonderful father and husband to us and the family. He had a great celebrity voice,” his son Neil, 54, told the PA news agency.

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†[It] got to the end of his career that he had Blind Date so he loved it. He was doing [voice work] his whole career as, I think he started with modeling, theater, he did some musical work, and then he did a lot… kind of a working background artist and all this stuff.

“It was fantastic to get that and he loved it and did it for years. And then he also got Shooting Stars, which was a lot of fun.”

Skidmore had vascular dementia for the last decade of his life and spent his last years in Kent, the BBC reports. He leaves behind three children and five grandchildren.

An ITV spokesperson said: “As the voice behind Blind Date for nearly two decades, Graham has been at the heart of the show, and along with Cilla Black, a big part of the show’s continued success among audiences. Our thoughts and deepest condolences are with his family and friends.”

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