David Edward Williams OBE, better known by his stage name David Walliams, is an English comedian, actor, writer, and television personality who was born on August 20, 1971. He is best known for his roles in the BBC sketch comedy shows Little Britain (2003–2007) and Come Fly With Me (2010–2011), both of which he co-wrote with Matt Lucas.
Since 2012, Walliams has served as a judge on ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent talent competition. He is also a children’s book author, with over 37 million copies sold worldwide.
In the 2007 television drama film Capturing Mary, Walliams played Greville White. He wrote and co-starred in the BBC One sitcom Big School from 2013 to 2014. He debuted as Tommy Beresford in the BBC drama series Partners in Crime in 2015, then developed and acted in his own sketch comedy series Walliams & Friend the following year.
At the 2015, 2018, 2019, and 2020 National Television Awards, David Walliams won the title for Best TV Judge for his work on Britain’s Got Talent.
In the 2017 Birthday Honours, Walliams was named Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to charity and the arts. He has raised millions of pounds for the BBC charity Sport Relief by swimming the English Channel, the Strait of Gibraltar, and the River Thames.
Early Childhood Development and Education
Walliams was born in Wimbledon, in the London Borough of Merton, in 1971 at St Teresa’s Maternity Hospital. He is the son of London Transport engineer Peter Williams (1936–2007) and Kathleen Williams (née Ellis), a laboratory technician at Sutton Grammar School. With his mother, father, and sister Julie, Walliams grew up in Banstead, Surrey, specifically in the Nork residential neighbourhood.
He attended Wallington’s Collingwood Boys’ School and Surrey’s Reigate Grammar School, where he was a classmate of novelist Robert Shearman. He attended the University of Bristol from 1989 to 1992, where he lived at Manor Hall and received a Bachelor of Arts degree (Drama).
Walliams played with the National Youth Theatre during his university holidays in 1990, where he met future comedy partner and buddy Matt Lucas. When he joined college Equity, he changed his stage name to David Walliams because there was already a member named David Williams.
Peter Walliams, Walliams’ father, died of an aggressive form of liver cancer in 2007.
Walliams began dating Dutch model Lara Stone in 2009. They got engaged on January 20, 2010, after her parents gave their support to the relationship. The pair married at Claridge’s Hotel in central London on May 16, 2010. Alfred, the couple’s first child, was born on May 6, 2013.
Walliams and Stone shared a home in Belsize Park, north London, known as Supernova Heights, which included a recording studio once owned by Noel Gallagher. On March 4, 2015, it was announced that the couple had chosen to undertake a trial separation after “drifting apart” after five years of marriage.
Walliams filed for divorce from Stone on September 9, 2015, citing “unreasonable behaviour.” The following day, the couple received a decree nisi, and the marriage was formally dissolved six weeks after the filing date.
In his book Inside Little Britain, Walliams hinted at being pansexual, although he said he didn’t appreciate being labelled with that term.
In a 2013 interview with Radio Times, he said: “I believe it all boils down to falling in love with the individual, which is often ignored. I despise it when people ‘confess’ or’reveal’ their sexuality, and I understand that things can change with time.
So it’s about the individual, but I believe it goes beyond that. You don’t fall in love with a person’s body by accident, do you? You fall in love with the spirit, heart, and mind of someone.”
Walliams has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, and his swim across the English Channel in 2006 was regarded as “some form of atonement.”
Walliams, a long-time Labour supporter, interviewed Shaun Bailey, the Conservative contender for Mayor of London in the 2021 mayoral election, for GQ magazine in November 2020.
Is David Walliams a Homosexual?
David Walliam, a judge on Britain’s Got Talent and a part-time Simon Cowell wind-up-er, has finally spoken out about his potential love life, admitting that he is open to a relationship with a man.
The 45-year-old was married for three years to model Laura Stone before divorcing in 2015. Alfred, their three-year-old son, is their only child.
‘I wouldn’t rule it out [feeling love with a man],’ he told The Sunday People.
‘As a kid, I had some gay experiences that I appreciated. I was a teen who spent a lot of time in all-male situations. I’m a naturally campy person. I used to play Wonder Woman in the playground when I was in school.’
‘I’m drawn to ladies.’ I sometimes wonder if it would be easier if I wasn’t homosexual and campy. It would be simple, except I find women to be really attractive.’
Last night’s episode of Britain’s Got Talent aired, and an 8-year-old child sparked a stir by calling Amanda Holden a DOG.
From 2003 to 2005, Walliams co-wrote and co-starred in the comedic sketch show Little Britain with comedian Matt Lucas. Walliams continued to appear on television in other shows. He reunited with Lucas for the series Come Fly with Me in 2010.
The Boy in the Dress, Walliams’ first book, was published in 2008. Quentin Blake created the artwork for the book. The Kid in the Dress is a story about a young boy who is passionate about both football (soccer) and fashion.
Eleven more children’s books followed. Mr. Stink (2009), about a girl who befriends a homeless guy, and The Midnight Gang (2016), about five youngsters in a hospital who have a late-night adventure.
The National Book Awards awarded three of Walliams’ novels as Children’s Book of the Year: Ratburger (2012), Demon Dentist (2013), and Awful Auntie (2014). Walliams also wrote a number of children’s picture books.