Palin was born in Broomhill, Sheffield, West Riding of Yorkshire. He became famous as a member of Monty Python in the 1970s. Afterwards he had his own television series, Ripping Yarns, and also appeared in many movies, such as A Fish Called Wanda.
Over the last 20 years, he has become very well known as a funny but sensitive television travel broadcaster ("Around The World in 80 days", etc.).