David Walliams

English actor, comedian and writer

David Edward Williams OBE (born 20 August 1971), known professionally as David Walliams, is a British actor, comedian and writer. He is best known for his partnership with Matt Lucas on the BBC sketch comedy series Little Britain (2003–2006) and Come Fly With Me (2010–2011).

David Walliams

Walliams at the premiere for Pudsey the Dog: The Movie in 2014
David Edward Williams

(1971-08-20) 20 August 1971 (age 52)
Wimbledon, London, England
Alma materUniversity of Bristol
  • Actor
  • comedian
  • writer
Years active1995–present
(m. 2010; div. 2015)

Early life


Born on 20 August 1971 in Wimbledon, London to Peter, a London Transport engineer, and Kathleen Williams, a lab technician, Williams was brought up in Banstead, Surrey.[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.[1] This was spoofed in a mock interview on Rock Profile, when Robbie Williams was continuously referred to as 'Robbie Walliams'.



Walliams was also 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.[2][3]

Personal life


Walliams has bipolar disorder.[4] He was married to Lara Stone from 2010 until their divorce in 2015. The couple's son, Alfred, was born on 6 May 2013.




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

Children's fiction

  • 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 Midnight Gang (illustrated by Tony Ross) (2016)
  • Bad Dad (illustrated by Tony Ross) (2017)
  • The Ice Monster (illustrated by Tony Ross) (2018)
  • Fing (illustrated by Tony Ross) (2019)
  • The Beast of Buckingham Palace (illustrated by Tony Ross) (2019)
  • Slime (illustrated by Tony Ross) (2020)
  • Code Name Bananas (illustrated by Tony Ross) (2020)
  • Megamonster (illustrated by Tony Ross) (2021)
  • Gangsta Granny Strikes Again! (illustrated by Tony Ross) (2021)
  • Spaceboy (illustrated by Adam Stower) (2022)
  • Robodog (illustrated by Adam Stower) (2023)
  • The Blunders (illustrated by Adam Stower) (2023)
  • Astrochimp (illustrated by Adam Stower) (2024)
Short story collections
  • The World's Worst Children (illustrated by Tony Ross) (2016)
  • The World's Worst Children 2 (illustrated by Tony Ross) (2017)
  • The World's Worst Children 3 (illustrated by Tony Ross) (2018)
  • The World's Worst Teachers (illustrated by Tony Ross) (2019)
  • The World's Worst Parents (illustrated by Tony Ross) (2020)
  • The World's Worst Pets (illustrated by Adam Stower) (2022)
  • The World's Worst Monsters (illustrated by Adam Stower) (2023)
Picture books
  • The Slightly Annoying Elephant (illustrated by Tony Ross) (2013)
  • The First Hippo on the Moon (illustrated by Tony Ross) (2014)
  • The Queen's Orangutan (illustrated by Tony Ross) (2015; for Comic Relief)
  • The Bear Who Went Boo! (illustrated by Tony Ross) (2015)
  • There's a Snake in My School! (illustrated by Tony Ross) (2016)
  • Boogie Bear (illustrated by Tony Ross) (2017)
  • Geronimo (illustrated by Tony Ross) (2018)
  • The Creature Choir (illustrated by Tony Ross) (2019)
  • Little Monsters (illustrated by Adam Stower) (2020)
  • Marmalade: The Orange Panda (illustrated by Adam Stower) (2022)
  • Grannysaurus (illustrated by Adam Stower) (2022)
  • Little Monsters Rule! (illustrated by Adam Stower) (2023)
World Book Day book
  • Blob (illustrated by Tony Ross) (2017)


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