August 9, 2022

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Graham Skidmore: Blind Date voiceover artist dies aged 90

At the age of 90, Graham Skidmore, who was the narrator for the ITV game show Blind Date, passed away.

Millions of fans in the 1980s and 1990s were accustomed to Skidmore’s voice, which presenter Cilla Black referred to as “Our Graham.”

Between 1985 and 2002, he was heard (but not seen) on the programme for 17 years.

Skidmore passed away in December, but his passing was only recently made public after being reported in the most recent Equity journal.

Vic and Bob’s Shooting Stars, with Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer, also featured vocal work from Skidmore.

The voice actor spent his final years in Kent while suffering from vascular dementia for the last ten years of his life.

“He might not have wanted to be seen on film, but he had a celebrity voice, a recognised voice,” his son Neil, 54, told the Sun.

He cherished it. I manage events, and I hired my father to provide the narration for a show I hosted in London. He was immediately recognised by the crowd.

He was a wonderful man, said Skidmore’s daughter, Catherine Johnson, 52. He took care of people and saw to it that others were taken care of.

He was quite humble. He didn’t have a theatrical, look-at-me personality. He preferred performing voiceovers since he didn’t want his face to be visible.

Skidmore, who was born in 1931, was scheduled to serve in the Korean War but stayed at home because of an ear ailment.

He started singing and doing voiceover work instead. In addition, he built properties and ran a corner store and a laundromat.

Johnson said that her father appeared in the St. Trinian’s film, a Style Council video with Paul Weller, and the Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise movie Eyes Wide Shut.