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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 20 August 1971Banstead, Surrey, England, UK
Birth NameDavid Edward Williams
Height 6' 2" (1.88 m)

Mini Bio (1)

David Walliams was born on August 20, 1971 in Banstead, Surrey, England as David Edward Williams. He is an actor and writer, known for Britain's Got Talent (2007), Little Britain (2003) and Stardust (2007). He was previously married to Lara Stone.

Spouse (1)

Lara Stone (16 May 2010 - 10 September 2015) (divorced) (1 child)

Trade Mark (3)

Often dresses up in women's clothing.
Includes the character of Raj, the Indian shop keeper in his World of Walliams books.
His books are usually set around Christmas time.

Trivia (21)

His best friend is comedian Jimmy Carr.
Has acting experience with the National Youth Theatre, where he met comedy partner Matt Lucas.
His surname is Williams, but changed it to Walliams for the Actor's Equity.
Has an older sister, Julie.
Studied Drama at Bristol University.
Raised in Surrey.
His father, Peter, is a Civil Engineer for London Transport, while his mother, Kathleen Williams, is a laboratory technician.
Educated at Reigate Grammar in Surrey.
First started acting at Reigate Grammar School in Surrey
Has two nephews, Ben and Joe
On 4th July 2006, starting from a beach near Dover, successfully swam the 21 miles across the English Channel in 10 hours 30 minutes. He did this to help raise money for Sport Relief.
Comic actor Steve Martin is one of his biggest influences.
Is a huge fan of James Bond. He loves to read the series of books and watch the series of films.
His father's side of the family are related to the 'Dunbar Sisters (Boormans)' who did stage acting in America during the late 19th century after leaving London.
Was an usher at comedian/actor Rob Brydon's wedding to TV producer Claire Holland.
A big fan of Pet Shop Boys and Nick Cave. Cave's "The Boatman's Call" is one of his favourite albums.
Fell in love with the city Sydney when he was touring for his show Little Britain Live. He is (as of December 2008) looking at buying a Summer home there and he is considering getting either permanent Australian residence or Australian citizenship.
Wrote the children's novels "The Boy in the Dress" (2008), "Mr. Stink" (2009), and "Billionaire Boy" (2010.) A musical adaptation of "Mr. Stink" by Matthew White and Matt Brind is scheduled to debut in London in May 2011.
Friend Matt Lucas served as best man at his wedding to Lara Stone (May 2010).
At the Duke of York Theatre, London, performing in Harold Pinter's "No Man's Land", with Michael Gambon and David Bradley. [December 2008]
In 2014, he attended the wedding of Elton John to his husband David Furnish.

Personal Quotes (8)

On his role in Virgin Territory (2007) (in which he makes a cameo at the beginning): I have done a few cameos in movies and quite enjoyed it - other than this one. I did this part because I liked Hayden Christensen. I do this scene in the start of the film. I'm playing the cart pusher. All I was thinking as I was doing that was: 'What am I doing?' It was terrible, that's the way my mind works. It's terrible.
[on Peter O'Toole] He was hugely entertaining. The greatest company. A legend on screen and off.
Doctor Who (1963) was my favourite TV show and Tom Baker cast a huge spell over me as a child. I used to watch it with my dad and spent hour upon hour in the playground dissecting that week's cliffhanger - "How on earth will the Doctor get out of this one?" The Doctor is a great role model because he uses his mind rather than his fists to win. It's such a British institution because it celebrates eccentricity, not good-looking action heroes. I read all the novelisations. Later in life when Tom Baker released his autobiography I queued up to have my copy signed. I couldn't believe it when he agreed to do the voice-over for a tiny radio pilot that Matt Lucas and I were doing called Little Britain. For him, it was just another voice-over job; for me it was magic. It turns out he really is quite otherworldly - you wonder if he has come from another planet! We'd keep the tapes running between his lines because he tells the most hilarious, poetic stories. You don't know if they're true or not but they're always brilliantly entertaining. The awe that you have for your childhood heroes never leaves you.
I was obsessed with the film Flash Gordon (1980). I still am. I had the sticker album, I collected the cards in Weetabix packets and my mum bought me the single when I got into secondary school. Yes, I even wrote to Jim'll Fix It (1975) asking to meet Brian Blessed, who played Prince Vultan.
I love the idea of someone who's not prepared to compromise to fit into society. That's why my first children's book, The Boy in the Dress, is about how it's OK to be different.
I've always been drawn to talented people.
Roald Dahl got me hooked on reading. What started as an idle choice in a library because I liked chocolate has turned into a lifelong love. I've had the pleasure of going to Roald Dahl's house, meeting his widow, leafing through the manuscript of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I even got to work with his favourite illustrator, Quentin Blake, on two of my own stories. Children's books are still a guilty pleasure. I love the beautiful illustrations, the magical worlds, the fantastical journey they take you on.
I still love Flash Gordon (1980) because it's the anti-Star Wars [Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)]: camp, fun, very sexy (although I only realised that as an adult!)

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