David Walliams

David Walliams

David Walliams was born on 20th August 1971, but back then he was known by his real name David Williams, before he had to change it to join Equity. He first started acting at school in Surrey, before going on to study at Bristol University where he was in the year below Simon Pegg. Subsequently David joined the National Youth Theatre, and it was there that he met Matt Lucas. After a stint as a stand-up comedian, children's television presenter and scriptwriter, he teamed up with Lucas on a professional basis in 1995, on Sir Bernard Chumley and Friends - a show they took to the Edinburgh ...

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David Walliams News

Updated May 7, 2012
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David Walliams has been talking to The Sun about previous Syco-related reality judges Piers Morgan and Cheryl Cole. ...
Funnyman David Walliams has signed up to play funnyman Michael Barrymore in a TV drama about the funnyman’s life, ...
David Walliams has endured a 140 mile swim in dirty water, he’s battled diarrhoea and he even saved a dog all in the ...
David Walliams’ River Thames swim for Sport Relief is by no means an easy feat with the Little Britain star having now ...
David Walliams is currently in day two of his biggest Sport Relief swim to date – swimming the length of the River ...
Peep Show star David Mitchell has defended a recent slur on Little Britain after an Observer writer branded it ...
Not quite akin to the 127 hours Aron Ralston spent trapped under a boulder in a Utah canyon before chopping his arm off ...
Somehow, James Corden and Mat Horne have been voted the greatest comedy duo of all time (!) in a poll by SeeSaw.com. ...
David Walliams’ other half Lara Stone is suing the French arm of Playboy magazine. BBC News writes that the ...
A new trailer for Steve Carell’s new movie Dinner for Schmucks has dropped and thank the Lord it actually looks ...
Little Britain’s David Walliams and Matt Lucas are to star in a new BBC One comedy based in an airport. ...
David Walliams has made it official and married his Dutch girlfriend Lara Stone at the weekend. The couple tied the ...
The trailer for Steve Carell’s new movie Dinner for Schmucks and it features a cavalcade of Comedy Central ...
No longer will we hear “What are the scores George Dawes?” because Matt Lucas has decided to quit Shooting ...
BBC Two has commissioned a new six-part comedy series starring stand-up comic Stephen K. Amos.   The show will ...
Skimming the congealed skin of conjecture off the rice pudding of truth, here's another comedy news round-up: ...
 Noel Fielding WILL be a regular team member on Never Mind The Buzzcocks, the BBC has confirmed. The Boosh ...
Michael McIntyre has been named by GQ magazine as Comedian of the Year The glossy mens' mag held their annual Men Of ...
Jerry Hall might not be the first name you think of when it comes to comedy – but she’s the host  ...
Reports of the death of Little Britain have been exaggerated – but only a bit. David Walliams sparked headlines ...

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The final leg of David Walliams' epic River Thames swim in aid of Sport Relief.

Full Biography

David Walliams was born on 20th August 1971, but back then he was known by his real name David Williams, before he had to change it to join Equity.


He first started acting at school in Surrey, before going on to study at Bristol University where he was in the year below Simon Pegg. Subsequently David joined the National Youth Theatre, and it was there that he met Matt Lucas.


After a stint as a stand-up comedian, children's television presenter and scriptwriter, he teamed up with Lucas on a professional basis in 1995, on Sir Bernard Chumley and Friends - a show they took to the Edinburgh Festival, returning in 1996 and 1997.


Following this, they embarked on a sell-out UK tour throughout 1997 and appeared at the Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal, Canada in 1999.


His appearances on television include the drama ttachments, Spaced, The League of Gentlemen and, Cruise of the Gods with Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon. But it's for Rock Profiles and Little Britain that he, along with Lucas, is best known.


The original radio series Little Britain, written and performed by Walliams and Lucas, transferred as an eight-episode TV series to BBC Three in September 2003. Following a repeat run on BBC2, the series has won numerous gongs and Walliams himself scooped Best Comedy Newcomer at the 2003 British Comedy Awards.


In 2006, Walliams presented a documentary on James Bond, entitled David Walliams: My Life with James Bond and the following year he made his mark on television as a serious actor by 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.


2006 also marked the year he swam the English Channel for Sport Relief - part of Comic Relief - successfully completing the swim in 10 hours and 34 minutes to cover the 22-mile stretch of sea, the equivalent of 700 lengths of an Olympic standard swimming pool. He managaed to raise over a million quid in sponsorship, which can't be sniffed at.


In 2008 Walliams played comedian Frankie Howerd in the BBC4 TV film Rather You Than Me. On 26 August 2008, he made his stage debut at the internationally renowned Gate Theatre in Dublin, opposite Michael Gambon in Harold Pinter's dark comedy No Man's Land, in front of an audience that included Pinter himself. The production transferred to London later in the year.


In early 2008 he 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 November 1.