Graham Skidmore: who was the voice of Blind Date?

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Graham Skidmore, affectionately known to ITV viewers as ‘Our Graham’, has died aged 90.

With a voice that entertained millions in the 1980s and ’90s, he was best known for his work on Cilla Black’s Blind Date.

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The father-of-three, who had five grandchildren, was a Saturday night match from 1985 to 2002, summarizing the responses of contestants on the famous ITV dating show.

He was also the voice artist on Shooting Stars with Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer.

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Skidmore passed away on December 27, 2021, with news of his death only just confirmed by family.

Here’s everything you need to know about Graham Skidmore.

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Who Was Graham Skidmore?

Born in 1931, Skidmore was scheduled to fight in the Korean War and only avoided the fight due to an ear infection.

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He discovered his passion for singing and began doing voiceover work, which led to his famous role in Blind Date.

According to his daughter, Catherine Johnson, Skidmore also did additional work, appearing in St Trinian’s move, a Style Council video starring Paul Weller and Eyes Wide Shut starring Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman.

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As well as being the announcer for one of Britain’s most famous dating shows, he also ran a laundromat and a corner shop.

Why did Cilla Black call him “our Graham”?

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Skidmore got his famous nickname from Blind Date host Cilla Black.

During shows, she often referred to him as “Our Graham,” telling viewers, “Well, it’s over Our Graham for a quick reminder.”

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The affectionate nickname made viewers connect with the speaker even though they couldn’t see him.

Cilla Black was the host of the show that made him famous and earned him the affectionate nickname “Our Graham”.

Black was a singer, actress and television presenter whose career took off in 1963 thanks to the help of her friends The Beatles.

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The popular entertainer died of a stroke in August 2015.

At her funeral, her good friend Sir Cliff Richard called her “the greatest television presenter alive”.

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How did he die?

Skidmore passed away on December 27, 2021, but news of his death has only just been confirmed by the family.

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In conversation with the Sunhis 54-year-old son, Neil, confirmed the voice actor had been diagnosed with vascular dementia and spent the final years of his life in Kent.

What did his family say?

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Tributes for the former voice actors have arrived from his family.

In an interview with The Sun, his son explained that his father has a “familiar voice”.

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He said: “He might not have wanted to be seen on screen, but he had a celebrity voice – a well-known voice.

“He loved it. I handle events and had a show in London and got dad to do the voiceover. People recognized him immediately.”

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His son fondly remembered TV commercials starring his father.

Skidmore said: “We used to do TV commercials with him when we were kids. We would go and be a family for P&O trips and Abbey National.”

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His daughter described him as a “wonderful man” who “cared for people and made sure other people were cared for.”

She added: “He was very humble. He wasn’t a theatrical ‘look at me’ persona. He never really wanted his face to be seen, so he was happy to do the voiceovers.”

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