David Walliams
English comedian, writer and actor
David Walliams
David Edward Walliams is an English comedian, writer, children's author and actor, known for his partnership with Matt Lucas on the TV sketch show Little Britain and its predecessor Rock Profile. More recently he and Lucas wrote and starred in Come Fly with Me. David is currently a judge on series 6 of Britain's Got Talent.
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David Walliams: the boy in the dress who became a national treasure
Guardian (UK) - about 1 year
From Little Britain to acclaimed children’s author, Walliams’s popularity crosses generations. Now he stars in an adaptation of his latest book, Billionaire Boy The first time David Walliams performed in a dress was at school. He was 11 and had been cast as a queen in his school play. “Stepping off the stage that night, I was a hundred times happier than I could ever say,” he wrote in his 2012 autobiography, Camp David. “I had generated laughter. Loud, explosive, wonderful laughter.” He knew what he wanted to do. He would also do quite a bit of it in a dress. Walliams’s latest role is as the rotten dinner lady in Billionaire Boy, the adaptation of his children’s book. The 44-year-old is proving hard to escape this Christmas – as well as his family drama about a rich, lonely boy, the comedian is presenting a show on children’s books and his own sketch show, David Walliams and Friends. Continue reading...
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David Walliams 'fails young readers with dumbed down books'
Daily Mail (UK) - almost 2 years
Author Anthony Horowitz said books by comedian David Walliams – who was the UK’s top-selling children’s author last year – are ‘witty and entertaining’ but nowhere near ambitious enough.
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Miranda Hart, David Walliams and Jo Sargent launch production company
Guardian (UK) - over 2 years
King Bert Productions, backed by BBC Worldwide, is adapting Walliams novel Boy in the Dress and producing Big School Miranda Hart, David Walliams and Absolutely Fabulous producer Jo Sargent have launched an independent production company backed by the commercial arm of the BBC. Continue reading...
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'Super-coach' hints at next big Sport Relief project
Bucks Free Press - about 3 years
THE man who prepared David Walliams and Eddie Izzard for their epic sporting challenges has hinted at the next major project in his long-running charity role.
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Daily Echo - about 3 years
HARDBACKS 1 Alex Ferguson: My Autobiography, Alex Ferguson 2 Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck, Jeff Kinney 3 Raising Steam, Terry Pratchett 4 Guinness World Records 2014 5 David Jason: My Life, David Jason 6 Eat – The Little Book of Fast Food, Nigel Slater 7 Minecraft: The Official Redstone Handbook 8 Bridget Jones: Mad About The Boy, Helen Fielding 9 Demon Dentist, David Walliams 10 Private Eye Annual 2013, Ian Hislop PAPERBACKS 1 And the Mountains Echoed, Khaled Hosseini 2 Philomena: The True Story of a Mother and the Son She Had to Give Away, Martin Sixsmith 3 Autobiography, Morrissey 4 The Little Coffee Book of Kabul, Deborah Rodriguez 5 Gangsta Granny, David Walliams 6 A Possible Life, Sebastian Faulks 7 The Snowman and the Snowdog 8 The Fault In Our Stars, John Green 9 Dear Life, Alice Munroe 10 Wreck This Journal: To Create is to Destroy, Now with Even More Ways, Keri Smith (Compiled by Waterstones)
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Barbershopera’s The Three Musketeers (review). Anne Cox gets plum job.
The Bucks Herald - over 3 years
Alexandre Dumas would probably have been the first to applaud Barbershopera’s blisteringly funny skit on his classic tale of derring-do, The Three Musketeers. The company brought its unique take on the story to Aylesbury’s Waterside Theatre for two nights this week and my jaw is still aching from laughter three days after I enjoyed the show. The whole thing is delightfully potty, glorious a cappella singing mixed with Monty Python-style silliness from four talented and versatile performers. The production bore all the hallmarks of Edinburgh Fringe with a debt paid, I’m guessing, to university drama clubs. It was called The Three Musketeers but it bore only a passing resemblance to the original adventure yarn. Here was a story about a beleaguered village calling on the skills of Athos, Aramis and Porthos in breaking the English blockade of, wait for it, jam roly poly (told you that it was silly). At the same time the feckless King of France has given away his royal plums to his Eng ...
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Film Review: Justin And The Knights Of Valour
Burnley Express - over 3 years
A clumsy yet kind-hearted boy on the cusp of adulthood discovers heroism comes from within, during Manuel Sicilia’s computer-animated adventure. Justin And The Knights Of Valour is a stirring tale of derring-do set in an olde worlde kingdom steeped in myth and magic that was once ravaged by dragons. A predominantly British voice cast adds lustre to the simplistic screenplay, co-written by Matthew Jacobs and Sicilia, including over-the-top comic turns from David Walliams as a demented wizard and Rupert Everett as a painfully vain evil henchman, who is a slave to sartorial daring. The setting is reminiscent of the splendid 2010 animation How To Train Your Dragon but Sicilia’s picture lacks that film’s heart and soul. A flame-throwing toothless crocodile is hurled merrily into the sweet and inoffensive mix as the narrative ambles at a gentle pace, building to the inevitable moment when fears are cast aside and gallantry struts forward to win the day. The eponymous hero is Justin (vo ...
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Did you know? Adele may pen children’s books
The Express Tribune Blogs - over 3 years
Multi-talented singer-songwriter, Adele came to fame in 2008, when her debut album, 19 released gaining great commercial and critical success. She won an Oscar for the Best Original Song, earlier this year for her James Bond theme song, Skyfall. Due to her originality and award-winning talent, she has now been approached by a top publishing company, Puffin to write children’s books which will have a simple story-line based on motherhood (since she is the mother of an adorable baby-boy,) with simple images that will make it an easy-read for kids. Dailystar.co.uk, quoted a source as saying “Adele loves the idea. It won’t reveal anything too personal as that’s not her style. But the book will be something she can have as a memory of her early days as a mum and also something she can dedicate to her son. Everyone is very excited.” Like Madonna, Ricky Gervais and David Walliams who have been very successful as authors of children’s books, Adele is also e ...
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We Hear It's A Boy For Lara Stone!
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
We hear the stork has arrived at Lara Stone's doorstep. According to the pregnant model's famed photographer friend Mert Alas, Stone recently gave birth to a baby boy. The photographer took to Instagram to announce Lara's news today and appears to have since deleted his congratulations, but our friends at Grazia took a screenshot of Alas' image. Others close to the couple have tweeted their congratulations, including Stone's model colleague Teresa Baca: Congratulations to Lara Stone and David Walliams who had a baby boy yesterday regram mertalas instagram.com/p/Y9t8fwt5x1/" — Teresa Baca (@teresabaca1) May 6, 2013 Lara and her husband, David Walliams, have yet to confirm the big news. We hope the (expanded?) family is happy and healthy in the meantime! More model moms: Want more? Be sure to check out HuffPost Style on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest and Instagram at @HuffPostStyle. -- Do you have a style story idea or tip? Email us at stylesubmissions@ ...
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This 14-Year-Old Comedian Is Our New Hero (VIDEO)
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
"Dont worry, I know what you're thinking: Harry Potter's had a nasty quidditch accident." Fourteen-year-old Jack Carroll opened his audition for "Britain's Got Talent" with this line, and the act that followed was easily one of the most memorable -- and hilarious -- of the popular British reality show. The young aspiring comedian has cerebral palsy and faced Simon Cowell and the other judges using a mobility aid on last week's episode. But the teen didn't want his cerebral palsy to be what he called "the elephant in the room." Instead, he used his short stand-up routine to poke fun at himself and the challenges he faces having a physical disability. When the teen finished, he received a standing ovation from the audience and judges, and David Walliams called him a "comedy genius." Watch Jack's incredible performance in the video above. "A lot of times in comedy, your weaknesses are your strengths," he explained backstage, adding that his other strength was "bring[i ...
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Houston Man Accused of Impregnating 11-Year-Old - ABC News
Google News - almost 4 years
ABC News Houston Man Accused of Impregnating 11-Year-Old ABC News A Houston man accused of repeatedly raping an 11-year-old neighbor who became pregnant and gave birth this week. Deandrea Devon Davis-Williams, 21, was arrested late Tuesday night and charged with continuous sexual abuse of a child. A judge ... Texas man, 21, impregnates 11-year-old girl after repeatedly raping her over ...New York Daily News all 28 news articles »
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Kids book clubs take page from adults
San Francisco Chronicle - almost 4 years
Kids book clubs take page from adults The second-grade girls excitedly discussed the meaning of the words "gallant," "posh," "Goth," and "soap dodger." "What image is the writer trying to put into your head?" asked Nicholas Baker, who runs the children's book club. "Um, he uses poisonous because he wants you to think of her as a rattlesnake," said 8-year-old Meryl Sampson, sitting cross-legged in her school uniform. Baker, an erudite Brit who lives in San Francisco and is the father of a fourth-grader, leads four children's book clubs in San Francisco and Marin. Across the Bay Area, children are taking a page from adults, who have long gathered in homes to dissect and debate books. Reading clubs for kids ages 6 and up are being held in homes, being encouraged by schools and being offered by bookstores. Steven Sautter, who runs a book club for middle schoolers at Books Inc. in Palo Alto, said, "We started our book club because we had a lot of kids coming in v ...
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Maureen Ryan: 'Community' Is Back! This A Great ... Disaster? Or Not?
Huffington Post - about 4 years
It's appropriate that a show that likes to play around with metaphors and meta-narratives has to spend much of its Season 4 premiere contending with an offscreen development that is theoretically unconnected to the realities of life at Greendale Community College. The show's creator, Dan Harmon, left (or was fired from) "Community" in a storm of acrimony last year, and rather than let the show ride off into the sunset as a "gone too soon" legend, a new pair of showrunners were recruited to keep the study group's adventures going. This is the best! No, wait! This is the worst! Two realities at once -- so confusing! Won't someone break the fourth wall and tell us how to feel about it? That's unlikely to happen, so the "gift" of a fourth season will likely remain a conundrum for the show's hardcore fans for some time to come. I feel like something of an interloper in that world, given that it took until the third season for the show to truly work its magic on me ("Reme ...
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Mark Simpson: Swishy Villainy And Psychodrama In 'Skyfall'
Huffington Post - about 4 years
When, at their first meeting in the latest Bond "outing," Skyfall, a rather forward Raoul Silva, played by a bleached-blond Javier Bardem, takes caddish advantage of James Bond's indisposition (tied as he is to a chair), running his hands over 007's craggy face, ripped chest and powerful thighs and flirtatiously suggesting, "Well, first time for everything, Bond," you could feel the audience in my local cinema freeze. And when Bond delivers his now-famous, laconic retort, "What makes you think it's my first time?" you could hear the audience's sharp intake of breath over the THX sound system. "Wot?! James Bond, a bender?!" "Oh, bloody hell!" I wanted to shout out, at Silva, at the audience and at the world in general. "Has anyone been paying attention? Of course it's not Bond's first time! In Casino Royale Bond tried a spot of CBT with Mr. Big and his knotted rope, while tied to a rim chair!" In 2006 Casino Royale rebooted and updated the tired, terminally naff Bond ...
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Supermodel Lara Stone Is Pregnant!
US Magazine - over 4 years
Supermodel Lara Stone has a little cover girl (or boy) on the way! The Dutch beauty, 28, and her husband David Walliams are expecting their first child together, Walliams announced on Twitter Nov. 15. PHOTOS: More model moms "Some wonderful news. My beautiful wife Lara is pregnant. We are having a baby!" the British comedian wrote. "It is due next year and we both couldn't be happier." In September, Walliams spoke to British Vogue about his plans to start a family with the world-famous catwalker, who has graced the covers of W and international editions of Vogue, and been the face of campaigns for Prada, Louis Vuitton and more. "Turning 40 has made me think I should probably have kids soon," he confessed. "By the time they leave school I'll be about 60. I'll be at the school gates waiting for them and it'll be embarrassing because the other kids will ask, 'Is that your granddad?'" (For her part, Stone told Dutch Vogue back in May that a baby will "probably never be as f ...
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David Walliams to host Royal Variety Performance
Monsters and Critics - over 4 years
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David Walliams 'Camp David' Book Signing Pictures
Monsters and Critics - over 4 years
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of David Walliams
  • 2016
    Age 34
    In December 2016, Walliams will present a Christmas special episode of Blankety Blank on ITV.
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    Walliams will host the final of New York comedy show Thrills and Spills in late-December 2016.
    More Details Hide Details The final will be held in Louisville, Kentucky.
  • 2015
    Age 33
    Walliams won the award for Best TV Judge at the 2015 National Television Awards.
    More Details Hide Details Walliams co-hosted a segment of the Sport Relief telethon in 2012, co-hosting the 22:00–22:40 slot with Miranda Hart when the show moved over to BBC Two while the BBC News at Ten was aired. Walliams also co-hosted the 2014 Sport Relief telethon. This time, he hosted the earlier slot between 19:00–22:00 with Gary Lineker and later Davina McCall. On 4 July 2006 Walliams swam the English Channel for Sport Relief. It took him 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. Walliams 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. Walliams 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.
    In addition to his writing credits for his Sketch Shows and adaptions of his novels, it was announced in November 2015 that he would be co-writing an animated feature with filmmaker Edgar Wright for DreamWorks Animation.
    More Details Hide Details In July 2016, it was announced the it would be titled Shadows and be released in 2019. Walliams was given a special award in recognition of his sporting efforts for charity. Matt Lucas produced a documentary on the subject, entitled Little Britain's Big Swim. On 6 November 2006, Walliams won the Pride of Britain Award for "The Most Influential Public Figure" as he raised more than £1.5 million swimming the channel for the Sport Relief charity. Although initially tipped as a contender for the BBC's Sports Personality of the Year poll for 2006, Walliams 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 Walliams 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.
    In 2015, Walliams backs children's fairytales app GivingTales in aid of UNICEF together with Roger Moore, Stephen Fry, Ewan McGregor, Joan Collins, Joanna Lumley, Michael Caine, Charlotte Rampling and Paul McKenna.
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    On 9 September 2015, Walliams filed for divorce from Stone, citing "unreasonable behaviour".
    More Details Hide Details The couple were granted a decree nisi the next day, making the marriage null and void six weeks after the date of filing. Walliams hinted at being pansexual in the book Inside Little Britain, but said he did not like to be labelled by that word. In an interview with Radio Times in 2013, he stated: "I think it's all about falling in love with the person and that is overlooked, really. I hate it when people 'confess' or 'reveal' their sexuality and also things can change for people over the years. So it is about the person but I also think it goes beyond that. You don't just fall in love with someone's body, do you? You fall in love with someone's soul and heart and brain." Walliams has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, and described his 2006 swim of the English Channel as "some sort of redemption".
    In 2015, he was recognised at the National Television Awards as Best Judge for his involvement in the series.
    More Details Hide Details 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 again 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). Walliams and Lucas also had small roles in Plunkett and Maclaine as prisoners. The duo 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.
    In September 2015, Walliams began filming for his BBC sketch show Walliams & Friend, which also starred Joanna Lumley and Morgana Robinson and premiered on Christmas Eve in 2015.
    More Details Hide Details The show will return for a full series in 2016/2017.
    In 2015, coinciding with the 125th anniversary of Agatha Christie's birth, Walliams played the role of Tommy Beresford in Partners in Crime, a six-part BBC series.
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    For Comic Relief 2015, Walliams appeared as Lou Todd and Stephen Hawking in the Andy Pipkin role along with Catherine Tate as a nun.
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    In 2015 he starred as Tommy Beresford in the BBC series Partners in Crime based on the Tommy and Tuppence novels by Agatha Christie.
    More Details Hide Details Walliams is also a writer of children's books. To date he has sold more than 12.5 million copies and his books have been translated into 46 languages. He has been described as "the fastest growing children's author in the UK": his literary style has been compared to that of Roald Dahl. Walliams was born David Edward Williams in Merton, London. He is the son of Peter Williams, a London Transport engineer, and Kathleen (Ellis), a lab technician, and grew up in Banstead, Surrey. Walliams was educated at Collingwood Boys' School in Wallington, and the independent Reigate Grammar School in Surrey, where he was a contemporary of Robert Shearman. From 1989 to 1992, he studied at the University of Bristol, where he resided at Manor Hall and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Drama) in 1992.
  • 2014
    Age 32
    In March 2014 Walliams narrated a short video for the charity, Electrical Safety First, featuring the character Charley from the Charley Says educational films of the 1970s.
    More Details Hide Details Walliams wrote and starred in two series of the BBC One sitcom Big School, playing the role of chemistry teacher Keith Church. The series also starred Catherine Tate, Frances de la Tour and Phillip Glenister. In June 2015, it was announced that Big School would not be returning for a third series.
  • 2012
    Age 30
    In April 2012 Walliams appeared in an episode of ITV's Perspectives programme entitled "David Walliams: The Genius of Dahl".
    More Details Hide Details Walliams played the mole-like alien Gibbis in the sixth series of Doctor Who, "The God Complex".
    In 2012 he narrated the ITV2 series Top Dog Model.
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    On 21 March 2012 Walliams was the narrator of Are You Having a Laugh?
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  • 2010
    Age 28
    Walliams portrayed comedian Frankie Howerd in the BBC Four television film Rather You Than Me. In 2010, Walliams appeared with Paul Rudd and Steve Carell in the comedy Dinner for Schmucks.
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  • 2009
    Age 27
    In 2009, Walliams began dating Dutch model Lara Stone. On 20 January 2010, they announced their engagement. Walliams proposed to Stone in Los Angeles after her parents had given 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 and on 6 May 2013, Stone gave birth to their son, Alfred. It was reported on 4 March 2015 that, following five years of marriage, the pair had decided to try a trial separation after "drifting apart".
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  • 2008
    Age 26
    The debut novel, The Boy in the Dress, illustrated by Quentin Blake, was released worldwide on 1 November 2008.
    More Details Hide Details 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 called Dennis' 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. It was announced that this book will be adapted into a film for Christmas 2014. 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. It was the last of Walliams books to be illustrated by Quentin Blake. The book was awarded the Children's Award in the inaugural People's Book Prize in 2010, and was made into a 60-minute film, which premiered on BBC One on 23 December 2012.
    On 26 August 2008 Walliams 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.
    More Details Hide Details The production transferred to London later in the year. In 2013 he played the part of Bottom in a production of A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Noël Coward Theatre opposite Sheridan Smith as Titania. In early 2008 Walliams signed a contract with HarperCollins to publish two children's books.
  • 2007
    Age 25
    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.
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  • 2005
    Age 23
    In 2005 Walliams, Simon Pegg, Lucy Davis and Lauren Laverne starred in the video for Charlotte Hatherley's single Bastardo.
    More Details Hide Details Later in the year, Walliams presented a documentary on James Bond, entitled David Walliams: My Life with James Bond.
  • 2003
    Age 21
    From 2003 to 2005 Walliams co-wrote and co-starred in three series of the BBC sketch show Little Britain with Matt Lucas.
    More Details Hide Details The programme first aired on BBC Three before moving to the more mainstream BBC One. 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, aired in 2008.
  • 1990
    Age 8
    During university holidays in 1990, Walliams performed with the National Youth Theatre, where he met future comedy partner and friend Matt Lucas.
    More Details Hide Details He changed his stage name to David Walliams when he joined the actors' union Equity, as there was already a member named David Williams.he also worked on the X FACTOR in 1971 for 2 years Walliams performed in the Big Finish Productions Doctor Who audio play Phantasmagoria, written by Mark Gatiss.
  • 1971
    Age -11
    Born on August 20, 1971.
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