Sir Michael Parkinson reveals his favourite ever Australian stars that he’s interviewed 

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Sir Michael Parkinson’s illustrious television career has spanned over five decades. 

Best known for hosting his own talk show, Parkinson, from 1971 to 1982 and from 1998 to 2007, the 85-year-old the British TV icon has interviewed his fair share of impressive guests. 

When it comes to Australian stars who have graced his sofa, Sir Michael was more than happy to divulge his list of favourite Aussie interview subjects with Stellar Magazine this week. 

Best guests Down Under: Sir Michael Parkinson (pictured) divulged his list of favourite Australian stars in interview with Stellar Magazine this week

Best guests Down Under: Sir Michael Parkinson (pictured) divulged his list of favourite Australian stars in interview with Stellar Magazine this week

The TV star was quick to name comedic actors Paul Hogan and Barry Humphries as among his most enjoyable interviews. 

His most beloved Australian guest happens to be Barry Humphries’ drag queen alter ego. 

‘I adore Dame Edna, I would have run away with her if I hadn’t been married,’ he joked. 

A fan: The TV star was quick to name comedic actor Paul Hogan (pictured) as among his most enjoyable interviewees

A fan: The TV star was quick to name comedic actor Paul Hogan (pictured) as among his most enjoyable interviewees 

Loves Bazza! Sir Michael also named actor Barry Humphries as a favourite. Barry is pictured left with Sir Michael (right) and Alan Joyce (centre) in 2018

Loves Bazza! Sir Michael also named actor Barry Humphries as a favourite. Barry is pictured left with Sir Michael (right) and Alan Joyce (centre) in 2018

Smitten: His most beloved Australian guest happens to be Barry Humphries' drag queen alter ego. 'I adore Dame Edna, I would have run away with her if I hadn't been married,' he joked. Barry is pictured as Dame Edna in 2019

Smitten: His most beloved Australian guest happens to be Barry Humphries’ drag queen alter ego. ‘I adore Dame Edna, I would have run away with her if I hadn’t been married,’ he joked. Barry is pictured as Dame Edna in 2019

Sir Michael also had kind words for late Australian billionaire media tycoon Kerry Packer.  

‘Kerry Packer was extraordinary. He looked great and powerful and spoke well,’ the TV icon told the magazine.  

Last year, Sir Michael told the Today show’s Richard Wilkins that one person alone -stands out as his ‘without a doubt’ all-time favourite interviewee. 

Strong aura: Sir Michael also had kind words for late Australian billionaire media tycoon Kerry Packer (pictured). 'Kerry Packer was extraordinary. He looked great and powerful and spoke well,' the TV icon told the magazine

Strong aura: Sir Michael also had kind words for late Australian billionaire media tycoon Kerry Packer (pictured). ‘Kerry Packer was extraordinary. He looked great and powerful and spoke well,’ the TV icon told the magazine

'He was the best of them all': Last year, Sir Michael revealed his favourite interview subject ever was 'without a doubt' Billy Connolly. Pictured with Richard Wilkins from the Today show

‘He was the best of them all’: Last year, Sir Michael revealed his favourite interview subject ever was ‘without a doubt’ Billy Connolly. Pictured with Richard Wilkins from the Today show

Good times:  'Billy [Connolly] was the most complex of them all - and without doubt the best of them all,' Sir Michael said. Pictured during their interview

Good times:  ‘Billy [Connolly] was the most complex of them all – and without doubt the best of them all,’ Sir Michael said. Pictured during their interview 

‘Billy [Connolly] was the most complex of them all – and without doubt the best of them all,’ Sir Michael said.   

Parkinson’s career in television spans over 50 years, and over the years, he has interviewed many names of great note.   

Some of his more memorable sit downs have included chats with Hollywood greats Bette Davis, Gloria Swanson and Orson Welles, sporting legend Muhammad Ali, even a cheeky flirt with Lauren Bacall.  

Settled: These days the television star lives a more quiet life in English village of Bray, where he lives with his wife Mary (right)

Settled: These days the television star lives a more quiet life in English village of Bray, where he lives with his wife Mary (right) 

In 2001, Victoria Beckham famously revealed in an interview that she called her husband David Beckham ‘golden balls’ at home.  

These days the television star lives a more quiet life in English village of Bray, where he lives with his wife Mary.

Sir Michael is set to release his new book, Like Father, Like Son: A Family Story, which he penned with his son Mike Parkinson, on Tuesday. 

Read more: In this week's issue of Stellar Magazine

Read more: In this week’s issue of Stellar Magazine 

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