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David Walliams's Biography

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Who is David Walliams?

David Walliams was born David Williams in England on August 20, 1971.

He went to Reigate Grammar School.

In an interview with Walliams and Lucas, Matt Lucas explained that:

"We met in the National Youth Theatre, which is like a voluntary organisation for aspiring actors that takes place in the summer holidays ...We also loved Frankie Howard and Kenneth Williams and things like that. Campery ... We were friends for four years before we even wrote a word together."

David Walliams and Matt Lucas both went on to study drama at the University of Bristol. Also there, was Jason Bradbury, who later became presenter of The Gadget Show, with whom David Walliams formed a comedy partnership.

In 1995, however, David Walliams teamed up with Matt Lucas.

David Walliams and Matt Lucas initially made an impact through comedy tours and also short films on Paramount Comedy Channel, including their sketches revolving around Sir Bernard Chumley.

David Walliams and Matt Lucas were still not breaking through into the mainstream, although they gained critical acclaim for Rock Profile, their spoof chat show hosted by Jamie Theakston.

Walliams then notched up a miscellany of TV credits, before he and Matt Lucas had their huge breakthrough with Little Britain.

Initially a Radio 4 series in 2001, Little Britain was commissioned for BBC Three in September 2003, before being repeated on BBC2.

Little Britain went on to enjoy enormous success both on television and as a stage show.

In 2006, David Walliams's successful swim of the English Channel for Sport Relief was widely reported.

In April 2008, the BBC reported that David Walliams had written his first children's book, The Boy In The Dress.

In October 2008, David Walliams made his West End debut in Harold Pinter's play, No Man's Land at the Duke of York's theatre.

In May 2010, David Walliams married the Dutch supermodel Vogue covergirl Lara Stone. They divorced in 2015.

David Walliams and Matt Lucas returned to BBC1 at Christmas 2010 with a new mock documentary series Come Fly With Me.

In 2011, he raised more than £1 million for Sport Relief when he completed a 140-mile swim along the River Thames.

In February 2012, the BBC announced that David Walliams's best-selling children's novel Mr Stink was being made as a comedy drama for BBC One.

In the same year, he became a judge on Britain's Got Talent.

In August 2016, ITV announced that David Walliams would present a Christmas edition of Blankety Blank.

It would be a busy period for Walliams who was also chosen as the host of the Royal Variety Performance on 6 December 2016.

In addition the BBC revealed that they had commissioned David Walliams to create a new sketch show, Walliams & Friend for transmission on BBC One.

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