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David Walliams Biography

Birth Name:
David Edward Williams
Birth Place:
Merton, London, England

Fast Facts

  • Changed his last name from Williams to Walliams after discovering that there was already a David Williams in the actors' trade union
  • Met Little Britain co-creator Matt Lucas when they both attended the National Youth Theater
  • The pair debuted on stage together in 1995 at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival
  • Swam across the English Channel in 2006 and the Strait of Gibraltar in 2008, both feats for charity
  • Was stalked by an obsessed fan over a four-year period, who was later sectioned under the Mental Health Act in 2008
  • Has written numerous children's books including The Boy in the Dress (2008), Mr Stink (2009), Billionaire Boy (2010) and Gangsta Granny (2011)
  • During his judging of the show Britain's Got Talent in 2015, was voted the nation's favorite television judge
  • Named an Officier of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the Queen's 2017 Birthday Honours


  • Peter Williams -- Father
  • Kathleen Williams -- Mother
  • Julie Williams -- Sister
  • Alfred Walliams -- Son