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David Walliams OBE

Comedian, Children's Author & Comic Relief Trustee

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David Walliams OBE is one of Britain’s best-loved comedians. ‘LITTLE BRITAIN’, his creation with Matt Lucas, started on Radio 4 and soon progressed to BBC1. The show has won numerous international awards including three BAFTAs, and now plays in over 100 countries. ‘LITTLE BRITAIN LIVE’ performed to a million people in the UK, Ireland and Australia. David and Matt followed 'LITTLE BRITAIN' with the hugely popular spoof airport documentary series 'COME FLY WITH ME'. David can be seen in his series of 'WALLIAMS AND FRIEND' for the BBC alongside Joanna Lumley, Jack Whitehall and as a beloved judge on BRITAIN’S GOT TALENT alongside Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden and Alesha Dixon since 2012. David has proved himself as a dramatic actor, with acclaimed roles in Stephen Poliakoff’s ‘CAPTURING MARY' for BBC2, in PARTNERS IN CRIME for the BBC with Jessica Raine, and on the stage in Harold Pinter’s 'NO MAN'S LAND' starring alongside Sir Michael Gambon. He was awarded the Comedy Award at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards for his performance as Bottom in A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM. Most recently, David has wrapped filming on the TV adaptation of his novel RATBURGER as Bert alongside Sheridan Smith which will be shown on SKY over Christmas. As a children's author David has written 11 children’s novels and 5 picture books for which he has received enormous critical and commercial success which has led to David frequently being heralded as a modern day Roald Dahl. This is arguably most notable in the success of his 8th book, GRANDPA’S GREAT ESCAPE which was both the industry number 1 and the best-selling book of 2016. David has been published in 53 languages and sales now exceed 19.3 million units across all editions. As it stands, he has 10% of the Children’s Fiction market in the UK. His most recent book WORLD’S WORST CHILDREN 2 was the UK’s best-selling book for 5 continuous weeks after publication while WORLD’S WORST CHILDREN was shortlisted for Children’s Book of the Year at the prestigious British Book Industry Awards earlier this year. He is currently working on another novel and picture book for later this year. His television adaptation of his book MR STINK received a BAFTA nomination for Best Comedy Programme, further to this, numerous of his novels have now been adapted for television including THE BOY IN THE DRESS, BILLIONAIRE BOY and GANGSTA GRANNY. David is a trustee of Comic Relief, a charity he has personally raised £8.5m for, most notably swimming the English Channel in 2006 and the River Thames in 2011. As of 2017, David is now also an Ambassador for the children’s charity, Make A Wish. Due to David’s generous support of Comic Relief and other charities he was awarded an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in Summer 2017 as part of the Queen’s birthday Honours.

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