32 Facts About David Walliams

1. David Walliams is a writer of children's books, having sold more than 37 million copies worldwide.

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2. David Walliams played the role of Greville White in the 2007 television drama film Capturing Mary.

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3. David Walliams began writing children's novels in 2008 after securing a contract with the publisher HarperCollins.

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4. David Walliams was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire in the 2017 Birthday Honours for services to charity and the arts.

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5. David Walliams was born at St Teresa's Maternity Hospital in Wimbledon, in the London Borough of Merton, in 1971.

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6. David Walliams grew up in Banstead, Surrey, specifically in the residential area of Nork, with his mother, father and sister Julie.

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7. David Walliams changed his stage name to David Walliams when he joined college Equity, as there was already a member named David Williams.

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8. David Walliams performed in the Big Finish Productions Doctor Who audio play Phantasmagoria, written by Mark Gatiss in 1999.

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9. David Walliams portrayed comedian Frankie Howerd in the BBC Four television film Rather You Than Me.

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10. In 2010, David Walliams appeared with Paul Rudd and Steve Carell in the comedy Dinner for Schmucks.

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11. In 2013, David Walliams appeared in two episodes of the comedy series Blandings as Rupert Baxter, an efficiency expert hired to serve as Lord Emsworth's secretary.

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12. In March 2014 David Walliams narrated a short video for the charity, Electrical Safety First, featuring the character Charley from the Charley Says educational films of the 1970s.

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13. Comic Relief 2015, David Walliams appeared as Lou Todd and Stephen Hawking in the Andy Pipkin role along with Catherine Tate as a nun.

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14. In 2015, coinciding with the 125th anniversary of Agatha Christie's birth, David Walliams played the role of Tommy Beresford in Partners in Crime, a six-part BBC series.

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15. David Walliams hosted the final comedy show Thrills and Spills in December 2016.

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16. In December 2016, David Walliams presented the Royal Variety Performance and a Christmas special episode of Blankety Blank, both shows for ITV.

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17. In October 2019, David Walliams became the new National Television Awards host for 2020, taking over after Dermot O'Leary's ten year presenting stint.

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18. In early 2008 David Walliams signed a contract with HarperCollins to publish two children's books.

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19. On 28 October 2010 David Walliams published his third book Billionaire Boy, illustrated by Tony Ross, telling the story of Joe Spud, the richest 12-year-old in the country.

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20. In September 2012 David Walliams released his fifth children's book, Ratburger, telling the story of a young girl named Zoe whose life is a misery as she has an evil stepmother.

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21. On 26 August 2008 David Walliams made his stage debut at the Gate Theatre in Dublin opposite Michael Gambon in Harold Pinter's No Man's Land, in front of an audience that included Pinter himself.

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22. In July 2014, David Walliams appeared on stage with Monty Python during their live show Monty Python Live held at the O2 Arena, London.

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23. David Walliams was the special guest in their "Blackmail" sketch.

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24. In 2018, David Walliams starred in the British Airways Safety video, which was conducted in conjunction with Comic Relief for the airlines in house charity.

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25. In March 2011 David Walliams undertook 24 Hour Panel People, in which he took part in back-to-back recordings of various panel show formats over the course of 24 hours to raise money for Comic Relief.

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26. David Walliams took part in 19 episodes of "classic" TV panel shows.

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27. Once he had got out of the river David Walliams said "I think a bath is the only water I will be seeing for a while.

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28. David Walliams hinted at being pansexual in the book Inside Little Britain, but said he did not like to be labelled by that word.

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29. In early November 2017, David Walliams caused upset through his dressing as North Korean leader Kim Jong-un for Halloween and posting it online.

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30. David Walliams was given a special award in recognition of his sporting efforts for charity.

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31. At the 2012 National Television Awards, David Walliams won the 'Landmark Achievement Award', for his television career and achievements for Sport Relief.

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32. David Walliams was invested with the honour by Princess Anne.

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