|Birth name||David Edward Williams|
20 August 1971 |
Merton, London, England, UK
|Spouse||Lara Stone (m. 2010–present)|
David Walliams (pron.: //; born David Edward Williams; 20 August 1971) is an English comedian, actor, author and television presenter. He is best known for his partnership with Matt Lucas on the sketch show Little Britain and its predecessor Rock Profile. He is a judge on Britain's Got Talent and he compèred the 2012 Royal Variety Performance.
Early life 
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Walliams was born in Merton, London, the son of Peter, a London Transport engineer, and Kathleen Williams, a lab technician. He grew up in Banstead, Surrey. His parents appeared on The Friday Night Project when he was the guest star on the show. Walliams was educated at Collingwood Boys' School in Wallington, and the independent Reigate Grammar School, where he was a contemporary of Robert Shearman. He was a member of the National Youth Theatre, where he met Matt Lucas. Walliams studied drama at the University of Bristol from 1989 to 1992, one year below Simon Pegg. He changed his stage name to David Walliams when he joined the actors' trade union Equity, as there was already a member named David Williams. This was spoofed in a mock interview on Rock Profile, when Robbie Williams was continuously referred to as "Robbie Walliams".
Television and film career 
After leaving university, his first job was writing for The Ant & Dec Show, a children's show that aired on CBBC from 1995 to 1997. His first appearance on screen was as "Lesley Luncheonmeat" on Sky1's show Games World in 1993. He appeared alongside Alex Verrey, who played Big Boy Barry, every Tuesday evening. He went on to be "The Lift" on the first series of the CBBC gameshow Incredible Games in 1994. In 1998 he wrote and starred in Barking, a late night sketch show broadcast on Channel 4 and featuring a host of then unknown stars such as Catherine Tate, Peter Kay and Mackenzie Crook. He appeared with The League of Gentlemen's Mark Gatiss, who wrote and appeared in Doctor Who parodies The Pitch of Fear, The Web of Caves and The Kidnappers for BBC Two's "Doctor Who Night" in 1999. He later performed in the Big Finish Productions Doctor Who audio play Phantasmagoria, written by Gatiss. Walliams appeared with Matt Lucas in the video of the Fat Les song "Vindaloo" (the unofficial anthem for the England national football team at the 1998 FIFA World Cup) and had a cameo role in a 1999 episode of Simon Pegg's Spaced (1x3 "Art") as Vulva, an artist/collaborator from Brian's past and now a self-proclaimed artist of impressionism.
From 2003 to 2005, Walliams co-wrote and co-starred in three series of the BBC TV character sketch show Little Britain with Matt Lucas. The programme first aired on BBC3 before moving to the more mainstream BBC1. A successful live stage show of the series, Little Britain Live, was produced in 2006. A number of seasonal and charity specials followed, up to 2009. A spin-off series produced in the USA by HBO, Little Britain USA, followed in 2008.
In 2005, Walliams starred in the video for Charlotte Hatherley's single Bastardo along with Simon Pegg, Lucy Davis and Lauren Laverne. In 2006, he made an appearance in the film A Cock and Bull Story. Later in the year, he presented a documentary on James Bond, entitled David Walliams: My Life with James Bond. In 2007, he returned to non-comedy television, garnering excellent reviews for his portrayal of a suave and dangerous manipulator in Stephen Poliakoff's Capturing Mary as well as appearing in the film Virgin Territory. In September 2007, Walliams appeared in the comedy film Run, Fat Boy, Run. Walliams portrayed comedian Frankie Howerd in the BBC4 TV film Rather You Than Me. On 26 August 2008 he made his stage debut at the Gate Theatre in Dublin opposite Michael Gambon in Harold Pinter's No Man's Land, in front of an audience that included Pinter himself. The production transferred to London later in the year. In 2010, Walliams appeared alongside Paul Rudd and Steve Carell in the comedy Dinner for Schmucks. In April 2012 he appeared in ITV Perspectives Episode 4 "David Walliams: The Genius of Dahl".
He also played the mole-like alien, Gibbis, in the eleventh episode of the sixth series of Doctor Who, entitled "The God Complex". He was the narrator of Are You Having a Laugh? TV and Disability, which was shown on BBC 2 on 25 June 2010. In early 2011, he hosted new panel show Wall of Fame on Sky1. He will star as Uncle Pumblechook in Great Expectations.
Walliams and Lucas 
Walliams and Matt Lucas first met at the National Youth Theatre. At their first meeting Lucas did an impression of Jimmy Savile and Walliams an impression of Frankie Howerd. They would not meet for another year. In the late 1990s, playing minor roles in sketches such as The Club, Walliams and Lucas played grotesque caricatures of various rock musicians in the series Rock Profile and in the spoof documentary series Sir Bernard's Stately Homes. They were also stars of the Paramount Comedy Channel show Mash and Peas, and it was in this guise that they appeared in the Fat Les video (see above). They also had small roles in Plunkett and Maclaine as prisoners.
They appeared together in a music video for the Pet Shop Boys single "I'm with Stupid", in which the two are apparently auditioning their version of the song's video for Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe, who are tied up and appear to be hostages.
The pair are best known for Little Britain, which ran from 2003 to 2009 on the BBC in the UK and from 2008 onwards on HBO in the USA. Among the characters Walliams played were Emily Howard, a deluded "transvestite", Ray McCooney, an insane Scottish hotel owner, and Sebastian Love, an aide de camp to the Prime Minister (portrayed by Anthony Head) on whom Love has a huge crush. The characters from Little Britain, played by Walliams and Lucas, appeared in a 2010 UK television advertising campaign for the Nationwide Building Society.
Their later series was Come Fly with Me, a six-part series airing on BBC One. The first episode was the third most watched programme of Christmas Day 2010, and the most watched comedy of the year.
Charity work 
Swimming the English Channel 
On 4 July 2006, Walliams swam the English Channel for Sport Relief. He took 10 hours and 34 minutes to swim the 22-mile (35 km) stretch of sea, equivalent to 700 lengths of an Olympic-size swimming pool. This was wrongly reported as one of the top 50 recorded times for an unaided Channel crossing; in reality Walliams placed 167th at the time of crossing in only the CSA listings, excluding the CSPF listings. He raised over £1 million in donations. Under the supervision of his trainer, he trained for nine months to prepare for the swim. The training had to coincide with Walliams and Lucas's Little Britain Live tour, so he daily had to train for several hours before performing on stage in the evening. He first swam from Lee-on-the-Solent near Portsmouth to the Isle of Wight in around two hours and also completed an eight-hour swim off the coast of Croatia before embarking on the cross-Channel attempt. He has insisted that prior to his challenge he had never seriously taken part in any sport. The Bluetones' lead singer Mark Morriss wrote a song, "Fade In/Fade Out", in honour of Walliams' achievement; it can be found on their self-titled album, released on 9 October 2006.
Swimming the Strait of Gibraltar 
On 7 March 2008, Walliams, along with James Cracknell, swam the 12 miles (19 km) Strait of Gibraltar from Spain to Morocco, again for Sport Relief. He successfully completed the swim in just over 4½ hours.
In March 2010 Walliams and a group of celebrities cycled an end-to-end journey through the UK, raising over £1 million for Sport Relief. Walliams suffered a serious fall when tackling the Kirkstone Pass, a thousand-foot climb in the Lake District but was able to complete the ride.
24 Hour Panel People 
In March 2011, he undertook "24 Hour Panel People", in which he took part in back to back recordings of various panel show formats over the course of 24 hours to raise money for Comic Relief. The recordings were streamed live on the BBC website. The shows featured included Would I Lie to You?, 8 out of 10 Cats, Just a Minute, It's Only TV...But I Like It, Whose Line Is It Anyway?, The Generation Game, Through the Keyhole, Blankety Blank, Mock the Week, Argumental, Celebrity Juice, QI, Mastermind, Have I Got News for You, Call My Bluff and Never Mind the Buzzcocks.
Swimming the Thames 
Between Monday 5 and Monday 12 September 2011, Walliams swam the length of the River Thames (140 miles) and raised more than £2m for Sport Relief. In the process he saved a dog from drowning in the river.
In early 2008 Walliams signed a contract with HarperCollins to publish two children's books. The debut novel, The Boy in the Dress, illustrated by Quentin Blake, was released worldwide on 1 November 2008. It explores several of the themes of Little Britain from Walliams' own life on an emotional level, such as the camp humour of cross-dressing and effeminacy. The story recounts a neglected 12-year-old boy's search for a female role model, his friendship with the popular girl in school, and the ways in which relationships develop along gender lines. The story has a strong resonance with Anne Fine's 1989 book Bill's New Frock.
In November 2009 came Mr Stink, again illustrated by Quentin Blake, about a 12-year-old girl who meets a tramp and helps look after him. She keeps him hidden from her family. The book consists of 26 illustrated chapters full of jokes. It is aimed at teenagers and children over 9. The book was awarded the Children's Award in the inaugural People's Book Prize in 2010.
On 28 October 2010 he published his third book Billionaire Boy, illustrated by Tony Ross. It tells the story of Joe Spud, the richest 12-year-old in the world. Joe has everything he could ever want: his own Formula One racing car, a thousand pairs of trainers, £8 billion, even an orang-utan for a butler, but there is just one thing he really needs: a friend. The book included a 'billion pound note' that was used to enter a competition to win a day as a billionaire in London.
His fourth book, Gangsta Granny was released in October 2011 and again illustrated by Tony Ross. It tells the story of Ben who is bored every time he is made to stay at his grandma's house as all she wants to do is to play board games and eat cabbage soup. But Ben finds out she was once an international jewel thief and all her life, she has been plotting to steal the Crown Jewels, and wants Ben to help.
In September 2012, Walliams released his fifth novel for children, Ratburger. It tells the story of a young girl named Zoe whose life is a misery.
In October 2012 his autobiography, Camp David, was released as a hardback and ebook.
|1||25 June 2009||The Boy in the Dress|
|2||27 May 2010||Mr Stink|
|3||9 June 2011||Billionaire Boy|
|4||27 October 2011||Gangsta Granny|
|5||19 September 2012||Ratburger|
Mr Stink, Walliams' second children's book, has been made into a one-off TV show, and aired on 23 December 2012 on BBC1 at 6:30 pm.
Walliams was given a special award in recognition of his sporting efforts for charity. Matt Lucas made a documentary of this, entitled Little Britain's Big Swim, which is on the DVD. On 6 November 2006 he won the Mirror's "Pride of Britain" Award for the Most Influential Public Figure as he raised more than £1 million swimming the channel for the charity Sport Relief. Although initially tipped as a contender for the BBC's Sports Personality of the Year poll for 2006, he failed to make the final shortlist of 10 contenders. Walliams was given a special award during the ceremony for his achievement. In July 2006 he became Patron of 'Cardiac Risk in the Young.' In September 2011, David won the Lincolnshire Young People's Book Award in the 9-11-year old category with his book, Mr Stink. The award is voted for by the school children of Lincolnshire.
At the 2012 National Television Awards, David won the Landmark Achievement Award, for his television career and achievements for Sport Relief. In December 2012, he was award the "Children's Book of the Year" by the National Book Awards for Ratburger.
Personal life 
In 2009, Walliams began dating Dutch model Lara Stone. On 20 January 2010, it became known that they were engaged. Walliams proposed to Stone in Los Angeles, after her parents gave their blessing to the relationship. On 16 May 2010, the couple were married at central London's Claridge's Hotel. In December 2012, the couple announced that Stone was pregnant with their first child. On the 6th May 2013 Stone gave birth to a baby boy.
Walliams has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, and described his 2006 swim of the English Channel as "some sort of redemption". He admitted to going through periods of intense self-loathing and suffered a mental breakdown, and had insomnia for nine months until he sought professional help.
Partial credits 
- Games World – Leslie (1994)
- Mash and Peas – Gareth Peas (1996)
- Dennis Pennis R.I.P. – Anthony Cream Jr. (1997)
- Alexei Sayle's Merry-Go-Round – Newsagent (1998)
- Sir Bernard's Stately Homes – Anthony Rogers (1998)
- Bang Bang it's Reeves & Mortimer – Various characters (1999)
- Plunkett & Macleane
- Rock Profile – Various characters (1999)
- Spaced – Vulva (1999)
- Doctor Who (spoof): The Web of Caves – Chief Alien (1999)
- Doctor Who (spoof): The Kidnappers – David (1999)
- Doctor Who (spoof): The Pitch of Fear – Sydney Newman (1999)
- Doctor Who: Phantasmagoria – Quincy Flowers (1999)
- Black Books – Customer (2000)
- Time Gentlemen Please: Entente Lime Cordial – Marcel (2002)
- Attachments (TV series) – Jake (2002)
- Cruise of the Gods – Jeff Monks (2002)
- EastEnders Christmas Special – Ray (2003)
- Little Britain – Various characters (2003–present)
- Monkey Trousers – Various characters (2004)
- Shaun of the Dead – voice of a news reporter (2004)
- Agatha Christie's Marple – George Bartlett (2004)
- A Cock and Bull Story – Parson (2005)
- Hustle – Shop Assistant (2005)
- Hotel Babylon – Adrian Tintagel (2007)
- Stardust – Sextus (2007)
- Waking the Dead – Bell (2007)
- Neighbours – guest starring as Lou Todd (Lou and Andy) from Little Britain (6 September 2007)
- Run Fat Boy Run – cake customer (2007)
- Capturing Mary – Greville White (2007)
- Rather You Than Me – Frankie Howerd (2008)
- The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian – voice of Bulgy Bear (2008)
- The Boy in the Dress – written by David Walliams, illustrated by Quentin Blake (2008)
- Mr Stink – written by David Walliams, illustrated by Quentin Blake
- Dinner for Schmucks – new client Mueller (2010)
- Marmaduke (film) – Anton Harrison (2010)
- Billionaire Boy – written by David Walliams, illustrated by Tony Ross
- The Itch of the Golden Nit – The Golden Nit
- Doctor Who – Gibbis (2011)
- Britain's Got Talent – Judge (2012–present)
- The Royal Bodyguard – Sir Ambrose (2012)
- Blandings – Rupert Baxter (2013)
- Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway – Celebrity guest announcer (2013)
- The Look of Love - Vicar Edwyn Young (2013)
- Justin and the Knights of Valour - Voice (2013)
- Neil Simpson: Yeah but No But: The Biography of Matt Lucas and David Walliams: London: John Blake: 2006: ISBN 1-84454-258-0
- Boyd Hilton, Matt Lucas, David Walliams: Inside Little Britain: London: Ebury Press: 2006: ISBN 0-09-191231-8
- The Boy in the Dress: Children's Fiction (2008)
- Mr Stink: Children's Fiction (2009)
- Billionaire Boy: Children's Fiction (2010)
- Gangsta Granny: 2011: (Harper Collins)
- Ratburger: 2012
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- (in English) Britain's Got More Talent. Season 6. Episode 4. 14 April 2012. ITV. ITV2. ""I had two jobs early on, one was writing scripts for Ant and Dec on their show 'The Ant and Dec Show'""
- "Perspectives | Week 17 David Walliams – ITV Press Centre". Itv.com. Retrieved 2012-12-24.
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- David Walliams (11 October 2012). Camp David. Penguin Books Limited. pp. 147–. ISBN 978-0-14-197324-1. Retrieved 6 November 2012.
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- "Channel Swimming Association Ltd". Channelswimmingassociation.com. Retrieved 2011-11-06.
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- "Walliams vs The Thames: David Walliams' 140 mile River Thames Sport Relief Swim". Littlebritainfans.com. Retrieved 2011-11-06.
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- Mills, Simon (2 September 2011). "David Walliams: In at the deep end". ES Magazine (London). Retrieved 2 September 2011.
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