David Walliams

English comedian, writer and actor

David Edward Walliams (born Williams; 20 August 1971) is an English comedian, writer 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 Walliams
Walliams at The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, Los Angeles premiere, June 2008
David Edward Williams

(1971-08-20) 20 August 1971 (age 48)
Height6 ft 2.5 in (1.892 m)
TelevisionLittle Britain
Rock Profile
Come Fly with Me
Britain's Got Talent (judge)
Lara Stone (m. 2010)
 ; div. 2015
Parent(s)Peter and Kathleen Williams

David Walliams also was a judge for BGT(Britain's Got Talent).

In September 2011, he swam the entire 140 mile length of the River Thames, raising over £1,000,000 for a charity called Sport Relief.[1][2]

Early lifeEdit

Born in the London Borough of Merton on 20 August 1971 to Peter, a London Transport engineer, and Kathleen Williams, a lab technician, Williams was brought up in Banstead.[source?] His parents appeared on The Friday Night Project when he was the guest star on the show. He was educated at Collingwood Boys' School in Wallington (now Collingwood School) and the independent Reigate Grammar School (where he was a contemporary of Robert Shearman).[source?] He was a member of the National Youth Theatre, where he met Matt Lucas.[source?] Williams studied drama at the University of Bristol from 1989 to 1992, one year below Simon Pegg.[source?]

Williams changed his name to Walliams (/ˈwæliəmz/) when he joined the actors' trade union, Equity, as there was already a member named David Williams.[3] This was spoofed in a mock interview on Rock Profile, when Robbie Williams was continuously referred to as 'Robbie Walliams'.



  • Inside Little Britain (with Boyd Hilton and Matt Lucas): London: Ebury Press: 2006: ISBN 0-09-191231-8
  • Camp David (2012)

Children's fictionEdit

  • The Boy in the Dress (illustrated by Quentin Blake) (2008)
  • Mr Stink (illustrated by Quentin Blake) (2009)
  • Billionaire Boy (illustrated by Tony Ross) (2010)
  • Gangsta Granny (illustrated by Tony Ross) (2011)
  • Ratburger (illustrated by Tony Ross) (2012)
  • Demon Dentist (illustrated by Tony Ross) (2013)
  • Awful Auntie (illustrated by Tony Ross) (2014)
  • Grandpa's Great Escape (illustrated by Tony Ross) (2015)
  • The Worlds Worst Children (illustrated by Tony Ross) (2016)
  • The Worlds Worst Children 2(illustrated by Tony Ross)(2017)
  • Bad Dad(illustrated by Tony Ross)(2017)
  • World's Worst Children 3 (illustrated by Tony Ross)
Picture books
  • The Slightly Annoying Pig (2013)
  • The First Hippo on the Moon (2014)
  • The Queens Orangutan (2015)


  1. BBC News - David Walliams relieved after 140-mile Thames charity swim
  2. "David Walliams swim raises £1million". 12 September 2011 – via www.telegraph.co.uk.
  3. Lee, Sandra (12 October 2008). "Send in the Clown". Sunday Herald Sun. Melbourne. pp. 27–29.