Graham Norton feared he could die when he was stabbed during a mugging, it has been revealed.
The talk show host, 57, was stabbed during an attack in London in 1989, and has previously told how he lost half his blood.
He has now recounted the incident for a new book by author Adam Kay, in which celebrities share how the NHS has helped them.
Appearing on This Morning, Kay said: “There's this chilling section where he asks this nurse, 'Am I going to die?'
“And the long pause that the nurse gave before her response made his flesh hug his bones.
"But of course, as they do for so many of us, the NHS saved his life."
Norton opened up about the incident in 2010, writing in The Telegraph that he had been attacked by a group of boys.
“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 wrote.
In 2019, Norton revealed he was threatened with a knife for a second time.
“I did have someone pull a knife on me again a few years after the first stabbing but there were people around and it was fine, it was outside a club,” he told The Mirror.
Thrilled to share the cover of DEAR NHS, out on 9th July, crammed full of wonderful stories, and all profits going to charity. Available to pre-order from https://t.co/imjyCubYKW or your lovely local bookshop. pic.twitter.com/IWUYFb4yoR
— Adam Kay (@amateuradam) June 9, 2020
Former doctor Kay is the author of bestseller This Is Going To Hurt.
He edited new book Dear NHS, 100 Stories To Say Thank You, which is out now. Other contributors include Sir Paul McCartney, Emilia Clarke and Sir Trevor McDonald.
Proceeds from the book will go to charity.