Michael discusses Oscar chances

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The Graham Norton Show (Friday, January 17, BBC One, 10.35pm)

What’s It All About? More blarney from the king of chat, who this week welcomes Michael Fassbender.

Born in Heidelberg, Germany in 1977, to an Irish mother and German father, Michael and his family moved to County Kerry aged two.

He caught the acting bug at 17; moved to London to study drama, and honed his craft on epic mini-series Band of Brothers in 2001.

He really made critics sit up and take notice as hunger striker Bobby Sands in director Steve McQueen’s critically acclaimed drama Hunger.

They reunited for sex addict drama Shame, and their latest collaboration, 12 Years a Slave, looks like a strong contender for Oscars and Baftas galore this year.

Michael will be plugging that movie on this week’s show, and with a bit of luck will also be discussing his upcoming X-Men sequel, Days of Future Past.

Look Out For: Fellow guest Lena Dunham. The 27-year-old New Yorker will be plugging her hit comedy drama Girls.

On his collaborator McQueen, Michael says: “He’s passionate about what he’s doing and expects that from everyone else.”