Graham nearly died in 1989 (Picture: Getty)

Graham Norton has reflected on knife crime 30 years after being left for dead in a stabbing.

In 1989, the Irish presenter was stabbed while walking in Kilburn in London by a group of attackers.

Graham, who was at drama school at the time, lost half of his blood and spent two and a half weeks in hospital after the brutal attack.

Speaking about the wave of knife crime in London, the 56-year-old said that everyone is a victim when it comes to stabbings.

He told The Mirror: Because people are losing their lives and equally the kids stabbing people, their life is destroyed for nothing, for this stupid thing because they couldnt get their heads around the consequences.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 05: Graham Norton attends The Daily Front Row's 7th annual Fashion Media Awards on September 05, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Brian Ach/Getty Images for Daily Front Row, Inc.)
The presenter knows about the damage knife crime can have first hand (Picture: Getty Images for Daily Front Row, Inc.)

I think its a lack of imagination in the end, that if you had the empathy, that level of imagination to think it through, that the person youre stabbing could be a brother friend sister, mother or father, you wouldnt do it. Somehow people have been dehumanised.



Norton added that a few years after he nearly died in a stabbing, he had a knife pulled on him outside a club, but said it was ok because there were people around.

Back in 2003, Graham opened up on his near-death experience, admitting that it was touch and go.

The star said: It was very serious. It was a mugging, I didnt even realise Id been stabbed in that classic way, because your adrenaline is pumping.

Host Graham Norton with (seated left to right) Simon Reeves, Helen Mirren, RuPaul, Jack Whitehall, Anders SG and Stine Bramsen during the filming for the Graham Norton Show at BBC Studioworks 6 Television Centre, Wood Lane, London, to be aired on BBC One on Friday evening. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday September 26, 2019. Photo credit should read: PA Images on behalf of So TV
Graham is back on our box tonight (Picture: BBC/ PA)

I looked down, and I saw all this blood.

I lost a bit over half my blood. So it was very touch and go, I think.

Six years later, he wrote for an Irish book: Horrible, horrible, horrible as it is to contemplate, I was stabbed in the chest, at about 3am in the morning, Friday, 8th of July.

Needless to say, it was a bit of a waking hell. Everything dissolved into sheets of white, and waves of weakness swamped over me.

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