Graham Norton has recalled the moment he asked a “little old lady” to hold his hand after being stabbed and left lying on a mat “dying” in 1989.
The comedian was robbed and attacked while walking home as a drama student, and lost half of his blood in the violent stabbing.
Speaking on Elizabeth Day’s How To Fail, he recalled the harrowing attack and realising that he did not want to “die alone”.
Graham said: “I’m on this mat and I didn't know I was dying, I didn't figure it out until later, and this is so not me but I remember saying to this little old lady ‘will you hold my hand?’”
“And it was a flicker on her face of ‘oh do I want to hold his hand?’ but she did and she held out her hand.
"I held her hand and I think that's something so deep within us and it motivates so much of our life that we don't want to die alone.”
He went on: “I think so many decisions in our lives like having a partner and having children are about not being alone when you die. It's about having someone to hold your hand.
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“It gave me a really good attitude to risk and to failure because if you think of the worst-case scenario, no failure compares to dying.
“I'm not recommending anyone do it but for me, it was a very useful and powerful life lesson.”
In 2010 Graham had revealed that he was stabbed in a piece for The Telegraph, writing: “In 1989 I was mugged, beaten and stabbed by a group of boys, who left me for dead.
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“To add insult to injury, not only did I lose half my blood but I lost my boyfriend too: he dumped me the next day, which wasn't the most tactful piece of timing.”
He also wrote about this horrifying incident in Adam Kay’s This Is Going To Hurt, with followed the stories of celebrities who had relied on the NHS.
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