57 Facts About David Walliams


David Walliams is best known for his work with Matt Lucas on the BBC sketch comedy series Little Britain and Come Fly With Me.


From 2012 to 2022, Walliams was a judge on the television talent show competition Britain's Got Talent on ITV.


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


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


David Walliams has won the award for Best TV Judge for his work on Britain's Got Talent at the 2015,2018,2019 and 2020 National Television Awards.


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


David Walliams's books have been translated into 53 languages, and he has been described as "the fastest-growing children's author in the UK", with a literary style compared to that of Roald Dahl.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


David Walliams played the strange mole-like alien Gibbis in the sixth series of Doctor Who, in the episode "The God Complex", broadcast on BBC One in 2011.


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.


Also that year, and in 2014, David Walliams starred as chemistry teacher Keith Church in the BBC One sitcom Big School, which he created and co-wrote.


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.


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


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.


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


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


In 2017, David Walliams guest presented five episodes of The Nightly Show for ITV.


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.


From 2012 to 2022, David Walliams was a judge on the ITV1 talent show Britain's Got Talent with Amanda Holden, Alesha Dixon and Simon Cowell.


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


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.


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.


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.


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


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


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.


Since then the video has been reworked with a mixture of the previous version; however, David Walliams still appears in the new version.


David Walliams has insisted that prior to his challenge he had never seriously taken part in any sport.


David Walliams suffered a serious fall when tackling the Kirkstone Pass, a thousand-foot climb in the Lake District but was able to complete the ride.


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.


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


In late 2013, David Walliams had emergency back surgery to alleviate issues caused by the swim.


Budd claimed David Walliams had approached her agent, Premier Model Management for a date with Budd.


On 9 September 2015, David Walliams filed for divorce from Stone, citing "unreasonable behaviour".


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


David Walliams has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, and he described his 2006 swim of the English Channel as "some sort of redemption".


David Walliams performed a 'Hide the Sausage' sketch numerous times during the Little Britain Live tour in 2006 and subsequent worldwide tours including Little Britain in Australia in 2007 and at charity events.


In 2006, David Walliams performed 'Hide the Sausage' during the Little Britain Comic Relief Gala at the Hammersmith Apollo.


On 2 November 2009, David Walliams performed the sketch with Mark Ronson at London's O2 Academy Brixton in front of 3,000 people at a charity event for Concert for CARE.


Sometimes David Walliams would get a clout for his troubles and I'd see him in the wings afterwards, nursing a sore ear.


Some viewers will have interpreted David Walliams as playing the trope of gay men as predators and paedophiles.


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


David Walliams had shared the photograph on his Twitter account, in costume, wearing a black suit, wig, and artificial prosthetics that appeared to alter his eyelids and hairline.


In January 2018, David Walliams attended a Presidents Club Charitable Trust charity auction as a host, as well as offering the opportunity to name a character in a future book as an auction prize.


The 2018 event was his third time hosting, with David Walliams additionally offering that he would be "personally presenting the book to your family over afternoon tea".


HarperCollins issued a response, stating "David Walliams's books have a diverse readership which is reflected in their content".


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


David Walliams was given a special award during the ceremony for his achievement.


David Walliams has won the award for Best TV Judge at the 2015,2018 and 2019 National Television Awards.


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


David Walliams was invested with the honour by Princess Anne.