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David Walliams – A Celebrity Profile
Actor, writer and now judge, David Walliams has become a household name since bursting onto our screens alongside Matt Lucas in their hugely successful sketch show Little Britain in 2003
Actor, writer and now judge, David Walliams has become a household name since bursting onto our screens alongside Matt Lucas in their hugely successful sketch show Little Britain in 2003.
Walliams was actually born Williams, but decided to change his name after joining actor's trade union Equity which already had a member by the name of David Williams. It is Walliams, however, who has become famous.
Having studied Drama at the University of Bristol, Walliams went on to a number of projects for television. These included a late night Channel 4 sketch-show that he co-wrote, starring the then unknown names Peter Kay and Catherine Tate. Walliams has also appeared in prestigious BBC soap Eastenders.
However, it was his partnership with Matt Lucas that found him catapulted to fame. The pair met through the National Youth Theatre and they both starred in the video for Fat Les' unofficial England World Cup song Vindaloo. It was the time between early 2003 to late 2005 that Walliams really made his name with the hit BBC show Little Britain. The show was so successful that a live tour was very quickly commissioned, which went on to surpass the show in many ways – particularly with the critics. The pair even got a spin off series, Little Britain USA. Walliams and Lucas have paired up since then, most recently for airport-based sketch show Come Fly With Me.
Walliams has also found success away from his sketch partner with a fruitful writing career in children's literature. Walliams' books have been illustrated by the renowned Quentin Blake and have won awards such as the Inaugural People's Book Prize 2010 for Mr Stink.
Walliams has not always been on our screens for purposes of entertainment either. Over the past few years he has completed amazing physical feats in order to raise money for charities including Children In Need. Just last year he swam the 140 mile length of the river Thames in aid of Sport Relief, contracting hypothermia and a stomach bug. He has also swum the strait of Gibraltar, cycling from Land's End to John-O-Groats and completed a 24 hour stint on non-stop panel shows.
Walliams has moved into presenting with Sky1 panel show Wall of Fame. Currently he is watching hopefuls compete to be the next winner of Britain's Got Talent. This position alongside all his charity exploits could move Walliams into the realms of Cheryl Cole as a national treasure.