In 2010, Walliams appeared alongside Paul Rudd and Steve
Carell in the comedy Dinner for Schmucks.
Walliams has also appeared in Series 7, Episode 6 of the
BBC2 and BBC America show Top Gear.
He also plays the mole-like alien, Gibbis, in the eleventh
episode of the sixth series of Doctor Who entitled "The God Complex".
Early 2011 he hosted new panel show
Wall of Fame on Sky 1.
On 4 February 2011, Walliams announced that he would be
swimming a 140 mile length of the River
Thames in aid of Sport Relief. Starting on 5 September at Lechlade-on-Thames
Walliams swam the 140 mile swimmable length of the 215 mile river completing his
challenge on 12 September 2011 reaching Westminster Bridge. On the first day of
the swim, he experienced a symptom of hypothermia, possibly due to him not
wearing a wetsuit. He later encountered severe stomach problems due to the
bacteria in the Thames and suffered a torn disc. He swam up to twelve hours each
day. During his swim, Walliams rescued a dog that had slipped loose from its
owner and jumped in the water to join him. The Labrador dog got into
difficulties on returning to the riverbank due to a hip condition and was lifted
out of the water by Walliams. Animal rights group PETA declared they would award
him an honour. Upon finishing his eight-day swim he found out he made over one
million pounds for Sport Relief.
Walliams starred as Uncle Pumblechook in Great Expectations
during Christmas 2011 and the New Year for BBC1.
On January 2nd 2012, it was officially confirmed that David
Walliams had signed a two-year contract to be a judge on
Britain's Got Talent, alongside Simon
Cowell, Amanda Holden and fellow new judge, Alesha Dixon.
As an author
In early 2008 Walliams signed a contract with HarperCollins
to publish two children's books. The debut novel, The Boy In The Dress,
illustrated by Quentin Blake, was released worldwide on 1 November 2008. It
explores several of the themes of Little Britain from Walliams' own life on an
emotional level, such as the camp humour of cross-dressing and effeminacy. The
story recounts a neglected 12-year-old boy's search for a female role model, his
friendship with the popular girl in school, and the ways in which relationships
develop along gender lines. The story has a strong resonance with Anne Fine's
1989 book Bill's New Frock.
In November 2009 came Mr Stink, again illustrated by Quentin
Blake, about a 12-year-old girl who meets a tramp and helps look after him. She
keeps him hidden from her family. The book consists of 26 illustrated chapters
full of jokes. It is aimed at teenagers and children over 9. The book was
awarded the Children's Award in the inaugural Peoples Book Prize in 2010.
On 28 October 2010 he published his third book Billionaire
Boy, illustrated by Tony Ross. It tells the story of Joe Spud, the richest
12-year-old in the world. Joe has everything he could ever want: his own Formula
One racing car, a thousand pairs of trainers, 8 billion pounds, even an
orang-utan for a butler, but there is just one thing he really needs: a friend.
The book included a 'billion pound note' that was used to enter a competition to
win a day as a billionaire in London.
His fourth book, 'Gangsta Granny' was released in October
2011 and again illustrated by Tony Ross. It tells the story of Ben who is bored
every time he is made to stay at his grandma’s house as all she wants to do is
to play board games and eat cabbage soup. But Ben finds out she was once an
international jewel thief and all her life, she has been plotting to steal the
crown jewels, and wants Ben to help.
Matt Lucas [top]
Richard Lucas, (born March 5th 1974 in London), is an English comedy actor. He
is perhaps best known for his acclaimed work with David Walliams in the
television sketch show Little Britain and spoof interview series
Rock Profile, and for his portrayal of
the scorekeeping baby, George Dawes, in the Reeves and Mortimer comedy panel
game Shooting Stars, Tweedledee and Tweedledum in Alice in Wonderland, and the
thief Thénardier in the musical Les Misérables.
He studied drama at the University of Bristol and is a
former member of both the National Youth Music Theatre and the National Youth
Lucas was born in London and raised in a Jewish background
in Stanmore, Middlesex. He was educated at the prestigious Haberdashers' Aske's
Boys' School, alongside other well known personalities, including Sacha Baron
Cohen (Ali G).
He began his career in comedy on the London stand-up comedy
circuit at the age of eighteen as Sir Bernard Chumley, legendary actor and
raconteur — a character who was to appear later in Little Britain.
Lucas' association with Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer began in
1992. In 1995, Lucas appeared in The Smell of Reeves and Mortimer. The second
series of the show featured Lucas in several sketches. He went on to star with
them in Shooting Stars. He quickly rose to fame as George Dawes, the giant baby,
who would deliver a string of meaningless gags (often in character) and insults
before delivering the score, while sitting at and playing a drum kit. Many of
these parts were introduced not in the style of a baby, but of a grown man —
indeed, often, he would come on dressed as a specific adult such as Elton John.
He also appeared on occasion as Marjorie Dawes, George's mother, who also
appears in Little Britain. He also appeared in the Reeves & Mortimer BBC series
Randall & Hopkirk (Deceased), and Catterick in a variety of roles. In 1999,
Lucas paired up with David Walliams, with whom he had already worked on
television in both Mash and Peas and Sir Bernard's Stately Homes, to create Rock
Profile, a comedy show that spoofed famous musicians and musical personalities.
It is notable for being one of their first comedic collaborations, which fuelled
their inspiration to then create the well-known show, Little Britain. Lucas has
also written for actor Sacha Baron Cohen.
His music video appearances include; the Damien Hirst-directed
video for Blur's "Country House" (as a psychoanalyst), Jesusland by Ben Folds in
2005, I'm with Stupid by the Pet Shop Boys and Vindaloo by Fat Les, the
unofficial anthem for the England national football team for the 1998 FIFA World
Lucas ventured into the world of stage musicals in 2002,
when he took one of the main roles in Boy George's musical Taboo, at The Venue,
London. He played the part of infamous performance artist Leigh Bowery, which
required him to wear some outrageous and spectacular outfits and make-up.
Lucas also appeared in a Big Finish audio play based on the
long-running BBC science-fiction series Doctor Who. The play he featured in was
called The One Doctor and was a light-hearted Christmas panto-style play.
In 2005 he took his first role in a television drama, a
supporting part as a Venetian Duke in the BBC historical serial Casanova,
written by Russell T. Davies. Since 2006, Lucas has been the voice of the radio and
television character Digit Al, devised as part of a public information campaign
on digital switchover.
On 26 November 2006 he appeared on the BBC Radio 4 programme
Desert Island Discs. He made a cameo appearance in Shaun of the Dead as the
cousin of Shaun's friend Yvonne.
In 2007, he released "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)", originally
by The Proclaimers, with Peter Kay as a charity single for Comic Relief. He
performed the single as Little Britain character Andy Pipkin, along with Kay
playing as Brian Potter. After being available for less than 48 hours on iTunes
alone, the track entered the UK Top 40 at number 3. On 25 March, it went to
number one, where it stayed for three weeks, selling over 400,000 copies.
He also starred as the irrepressible Mr. Toad in The Wind in
the Willows, a 2006 television adaptation of the Kenneth Grahame novel.
He has made appearances in Kath & Kim and Neighbours (the
latter alongside David Walliams as Little Britain stalwarts Lou and Andy), as
well as a cameo role, playing 'Chris' or 'Jammy' at the wedding fayre, in the
BBC Three sitcom Gavin & Stacey.
Lucas has co written (with Walliams) and performed in a new
series of Little Britain USA for HBO.
Lucas was the first celebrity to make an appearance in
2008's Big Brother Celebrity Hijack on E4, working alongside Big Brother in a
series containing housemates aged 18–21 with various talents.
On 9 April 2009, the series Kröd Mändoon and the Flaming
Sword of Fire, featuring Matt Lucas as a regular performer, premièred on Comedy
Central, the first major comedy series Lucas has done since Little Britain.
In 2010, Lucas played Tweedledee and Tweedledum in Tim
Burton's Alice in Wonderland, alongside Mia Wasikowska, Johnny Depp, Helena
Bonham Carter and Anne Hathaway.
On 3rd October 2010, Matt played Thénardier in the 25th
Anniversary Concerts of Les Misérables, at the O2 Arena in London. A year later,
from 23rd June to 10th September 2011, he reprised the role at The Queen's
Theatre, in the West End. He has since collaborated with Alfie Boe, who played
Jean Valjean, to record a duet of "The Impossible Dream" on Boe's debut album.
On Christmas day 2010 the BBC began showing Matt Lucas and
David Walliams' new series,
Come Fly with Me. The show followed the familiar style of Walliams and Lucas
each playing multiple characters, but unlike Little Britain, it focussed
entirely on the working environment of the airline industry. In an interview
shown on BBC 3 on 9 February 2011, it was stated that the creators considered
bringing travel agent character Carol Beer from Little Britain to the new
series, but decided against it, as they didn't want viewers to see the new show
as merely a Little Britain spinoff. Instead, all new characters were introduced.
Lucas' characters included Precious, Taaj, Tommy, Mickey, Fearghal, Simon and
Peter, amongst others.
In 2011, Lucas lent his voice to the CGI film Gnomeo and
Juliet, as well as playing a small role as the roommate of Kristen Wiig in the
wildly successful American comedy Bridesmaids.
Rock Profile [top]
Profile is a British television comedy show written by and starring comedy
partnership Matt Lucas and David Walliams. Rock Profile first appeared on the
channel UK Play in 1999, before moving to BBC Two in 2000. The show comprises a
series of spoof interviews, involving Jamie Theakston questioning Lucas and
Walliams, who play famous musicians. The interviews are often bizarre and
involve broad, unflattering caricatures or just downright fictional
characteristics. They are often interspersed with videos by the featured artist,
including humorous captions and congratulations from other impersonated
The first series was broadcast in 1999, comprising 13 episodes, on digital
channel UK Play. The series was then picked up by BBC Two, with a second series
of 13 episodes following in 2000. Series one was later shown on BBC Two. In
Christmas 2000, a special 45-minute episode of the series was broadcast,
entitled Rock the Blind. The episode followed Gary Barlow (Lucas) and Ronan
Keating (Walliams) as they recorded a charity single. Ted Robbins appeared as
Pete Waterman, and Sara Cox as herself. Following the episode, the series saw a
break of two years.
In 2002, several sketches were comprised for the 2002 re-launch of Top of the
Pops, entitled The All-New Top of the Pops. All of the sketches were filmed
backstage, featuring characters which had appeared in the previous two series.
Fans of the series were happy to see its brief return, however, people who were
unaware of the show at the time did not understand the segments. Complaints were
also sparked regarding the sketch featuring Lucas as Elton John, who was being
interviewed about his appearance on TOTP, in which he performed The Lion King's
main theme, "Circle of Life". A member of the audience also verbally heckled
Lucas during the sketch, which resulted in the feature being cut from all future
repeat screenings of the episode.
In 2009, a third series was recorded by Walliams and Lucas. The series was
subsequently made available on the internet for free viewing. The third series
replaced host Jamie Theakston with new host Dermot O'Leary. The first episode
aired virally on May 11, 2009, and featured a mock interview with Jordan and
A DVD release of Rock Profile appeared in 2005, featuring both series, Rock the
Blind, the TOTP sketches, as well as a never-before seen commercial and sketches
composed for The Ralf Little Show.
Little Britain: The Facts [top]
The Birth of Vicky Pollard
Back in 1993, Lucas made a short documentary for his college
course by going up to random people and filming their response to the question
'How are you?'. One of the subjects was a 12-year-old schoolboy whose mumbling,
inarticulate response ("yeah, no, yeah, dunno") made Lucas laugh so much that he
used him as the template for notorious Vicky Pollard.
Vicky's television credits include 'Crime Watch' (a record
breaking 27 appearances), 'South West Today' (taking part in an item of happy
slapping) and various CCTV Cameras around the Bristol area.
Lou and Andy
The maniac in the wheelchair and his put upon helper
actually first appeared on 'Rock Profile' as twisted representations of Lou Reed
and Andy Warhol. Walliams liked the characters so much he insisted on reviving
them, with added wheelchair, for 'Little Britain'.
Lou's middle name was revealed in Series 3, Episode 3 - Lou
Lou and Andy are named after Lou Reed and Andy Warhol.
Lou and Andy are the only characters to appear in every
single episode of the show (including the Comic Relief special), Marjorie Dawes
is in second place: she appears throughout the recurring series.
On 23rd July 2006, the 'Swimming Pool' scene featuring Lou &
Andy (Little Britain) was hailed as the Greatest Comedy Sketch of all time in a
Channel 4 poll, on the show The 50 Greatest Comedy Sketches.
The Only Gay in the Village
In the series, the village of Llandewi Breffi is spelt
slightly differently from the real village of Llandewi Brefi (which has only one
Daffyd's name in the series is also spelt slightly
differently from the real Welsh name Dafydd.
The village used for the Daffyd sketches was Turville within
Wycombe district in Buckinghamshire, England. The village has also been used in
the television show, The Vicar of Dibley and the 1998 film, Goodnight Mister
Originally, Daffyd, the only gay in the village, was to look
very different. "We were going to have him as a gay man in a white T-shirt,
bomber jacket and a pair of Levi 501s - but he looked too old-fashioned, and so
we went down the route of putting him in more clubby type gear," reveals
David Arnold is an English film composer best known for
scoring five James Bond films, the 1994 film Stargate, the 1996 film
Independence Day, and the television series Little Britain and Come Fly With Me.
When Little Britain series two premiered on BBC Three in
2004, it averaged 1.5 million viewers, making it the highest-rating BBC Three
Little Britain (series one) was the fastest-selling UK
television DVD title ever, with 1.8 million sales to date. And true to form,
when series two was released in October 2005, it broke all first week sales
records, to go straight to Number One in the DVD sales charts.
Several sketches were removed from Series 1. Two featured
April and Neville, another pair included the Peter Andre character, while also
excised were some in which Mr Cleeves and the Piano Player appeared.
In Series 3, there is an homage to One Foot in the Grave and
its character Victor Meldrew when Bubbles De Vere says the popular catchphrase,
"I don't believe it!", as her first line in the series.
Little Britain cemented its status as one of the UK's
favourite programmes in 2005, winning two prizes at the Bafta TV Awards - one
for Best Comedy Series and Best Comedy Performance for Lucas and Walliams.
The font used for the title 'Little Britain' is 'FF Dot
Mark Gatiss (League of Gentlemen) was script editor for