David Walliams Profile

How David Walliams ended up as a top telly comedian, host and Britain's Got Talent judge.

David Walliams

Yeah but no but how did David Walliams end up as a top telly comedian?

Born David Williams (he changed it because there was already an actor of that name when he came to join Equity), the future star was aware he was somewhat different even from a very young age. His classmates knew it too, dubbing him "Daphne" because of his camp manner. Walliams, by his own admission, "completely played up to it". In fact, it made him realise how much he loved performing: "They were punishing me for being different but my reaction was to embrace it... I loved the attention!" You don't say, David...

Walliams attended Bristol University (in the year below Simon Pegg, coincidence fans) where he met Jason Bradbury, who was to become a long-standing sidekick. Their double act was called Bunce and Burner, and they were also part of a cabaret group called David Icke and the Orphans of Jesus (best title of anything, ever?). It was also made up of other future bigwigs such as Myfanwy Moore (the future producer of Little Britain).

Walliams met Matt Lucas in 1990 when they enrolled at the National Youth Theatre - a kind of summer school for aspiring performers. They bonded over a mutual love of alternative comedy, but didn't actually work together until the mid 90s, when they started to put some shows together (by this point Walliams had already broken into TV with such illustrious roles as the voice of a talking lift on a BBC kids' show!).

One of their first breakthroughs as a double act was the Spoofovision series for the Paramount Comedy Channel in 1996, in which they played characters called Gareth Peas and Danny Mash, and poked fun at everything from boybands to late night review shows. It wasn't a runaway ratings hit, but it established them as a double act with major promise and a funny dressing up box.

Away from dressing up as a woman, peeing his pants and attempting to kiss the Prime Minister, David has written several successful children's books. His books include the story about a 12 year old girl who befriends a tramp (probably not the best message for children) and the story of a 12 year old boy who is a friendless billionaire. Talk about unrealistic...

Away from his own shows, Walliams has also guest appeared on Top Gear as a star in a reasonably priced car – although we imagine he probably spent the day trying to convince The Stig to wear a skirt. Dave's also popped up in EastEnders, Doctor Who and the Pet Shop Boys' music video I'm With Stupid. Poor Matt..

Ever since Little Britain saw Walliams ascend to the ranks of the super-celeb, the tabloids haven't known what to make of his sexuality (probably not helped by the fact that he likes to lube before swimming the Channel in tiny Speedos). His brazen campness initially led some to think he was gay, but his oft-reported dalliances with lay-dees seemed to end that (and, lest we forget, there is only one gay in the village!). He's kept the rumour mill going with contradictory statements - once saying life would be easier if he were attracted to men, and other times going on the record as saying he's "70% straight". Oh, and there is the small matter of him being married to a female model, too...

Like a slightly twisted, unusually attired, catchphrase-wielding version of Ant and Dec, we wonder if the face of British comedy would have been the same without Walliams and his sidekick Matt Lucas? The Computer says no...

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