Graham Payn

Singer and Actor
Born Apr 25, 1918

Graham Payn was a South African-born English actor and singer, also known for being the life partner of the playwright Noël Coward. Beginning as a boy soprano, Payn later made a career as a singer and actor in the works of Coward and others. After Coward's death, Payn ran the Coward Estate for 22 years.… Read More

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1918 Birth Born in 1918.


1931 13 Years Old In October 1931, he broadcast as a boy soprano on the BBC in a programme featuring Derek Oldham and Mabel Constanduros, and made further broadcasts in 1932 and 1933. … Read More
1936 18 Years Old Returning to England in 1936, Payn broadcast frequently as a light baritone on radio as well as on the new television service in variety shows in 1938 and 1939; he was also cast in radio plays. … Read More


1941 23 Years Old In 1941 and 1942, he appeared in Up and Doing, a revue, with Leslie Henson, Binnie Hale, Cyril Ritchard and Stanley Holloway, and its successor Fine and Dandy, with the cast unchanged except for Dorothy Dickson replacing Binnie Hale. … Read More


1949 31 Years Old Payn also did some film work. In 1949, he was in the Borstal drama Boys in Brown, with Dirk Bogarde and Richard Attenborough. … Read More


1973 55 Years Old After Coward died in 1973, Payn's career for the rest of his life became the administration of the Coward estate. … Read More


1988 70 Years Old In 1988, 15 years after Coward's death, Payn, who "hadn't the heart to use it again", gave their Jamaican home, the Firefly Estate, to the Jamaica National Heritage Trust.
1994 76 Years Old …  Payn wrote his autobiography, My Life With Noël Coward, in 1994.
2005 87 Years Old He retained their other home in Switzerland, where he died in 2005, aged 87.
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