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Who is Andre Portasio? Paul O’Grady’s husband and former English National Ballet dancer

PAUL O'Grady got married to Andre Portasio in a romantic ceremony attended by stars like Sir Ian McKellan.

But just who is his hubby? When did they get married? Here's what we know…

Andre Portasio is a 37-year-old dancer.

He used to perform with the English National Ballet,

He began dating Paul O'Grady in 2006.

Andre and Paul got hitched in a 30-minute ceremony in the gardens of The Goring Hotel, central London, on August 5, 2017.

Guests including actors Ian McKellen and Michael Cashman and comedian Julian Clary then enjoyed champagne on the private lawn and canapes including smoked salmon pancake rolls and Dorset crab cornets.

The wedding reception menu included cured sea bream and glazed ox cheek.

A close friend told The Sun: “Paul is as happy as he’s ever been to be married to Andre.

The marriage brought joy to Paul who suffered heartbreak in 2005 when his boyfriend Brendan Murphy died suddenly aged 49.

Brendan, who Paul called “my best friend and manager”, suffered a brain tumour days before Paul turned 50.

A year later, the Lily Savage star met up with Andre — who was introduced to him by Brendan before his death.

On their wedding certificate it says Paul’s previous marriage was “dissolved”.

This refers to his marriage of convenience in 1977 to Portuguese model Teresa Fernandez which ended in 2005.

Paul James O'Grady, MBE was born on June 14, 1955.

He is an English comedian, television presenter, actor, writer and radio presenter.

Paul became nationally known when he appeared on stage and screen as his alter-ego Lily Savage.

He has since gone on to host many shows including The Paul O'Grady Show and Blind Date.

Source: https://www.thesun.co.uk/tvandshowbiz/4286463/andre-portasio-paul-ogrady-husband-national-ballet-dancer/

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