David Walliams is a comedian, writer and actor and is best known for his partnership with Matt Lucas on the hugely popular sketch show Little Britain.
David and Matt met in 1990 at the National Youth Theatre and were brought together by their shared love of Reeves and Mortimer. The pair wrote three bestselling series of Little Britain between 2003 and 2005, and the series spawned both a live stage show and US spin off. They have also starred in other TV and stage productions, including Rock Profile and Come Fly With Me.
David is also well known for his charitable work for Sports Relief, part of Comic Relief. He took up swimming in his youth because he was overweight, and has subsequently completed long distance swims of the English Channel, the Strait of Gibraltar and the River Thames, raising millions of pounds for charity!
In 2008 David’s first children’s book The Boy in the Dress was published, illustrated by Quentin Blake. This was followed by Mr Stink in 2009, which won the Lincolnshire Young People’s Book Award, the inaugural People’s Book Prize and is currently being adapted into a stage musical. Billionaire Boy followed in 2010, and has won several prizes including the Sheffield Children’s Book Prize and the Stockport Book Award. Gangsta Granny was published in 2011 and quickly became of the bestselling children’s books of the year.
David’s next project will be as a judge on the new series of Britain’s Got Talent, alongside Simon Cowell and Alesha Dixon.