DAVID Walliams is one of the most adored stars on television – thanks to shows like Little Britain and Britain's Got Talent – and a best-selling children's author to boot.
The star is due to appear on the BBC ancestry programme Who Do You Think You Are?, where we will learn more about David's family.
Who is David Walliams?
David Walliams is a 48-year-old comedian and children's author.
He was born on August 20, 1971, in Merton, London, to a lab technician mother and transport engineer father.
His career began after he met comedy partner Matt Lucas while performing with the National Youth Theatre, after graduating from Bristol with a BA in Drama.
Now, he is best known for his role as a judge on BGT, on which he showcases his camp persona and often appears to ramp it up for the benefit of TV audiences, flirting with interviewers and making endless innuendos.
In 2015 he was awarded the gong for Best Judge at the National Television Awards in recognition of his work on the show – he won the same award again in 2019.
He is also a writer of children's books.
Is David Walliams married?
No, from what we know David is currently single!
The TV star was previously married to supermodel Lara Stone.
The pair dated for seven months before he proposed to her with a £100,000 Tiffany engagement ring hidden inside a burger.
They married in May 2010 in an £80,000 ceremony at posh Claridge’s hotel in London, where guests included ex-Spice Girl Geri Horner, Elton John, Fearne Cotton, Vernon Kay, Tess Daly, and Walliams’ former Little Britain co-star Matt Lucas.
David’s marriage to Dutch supermodel Lara caused quite a stir, as many of David’s fans had thought he was gay due to his TV persona.
However he set the record straight, saying: “People normally relate femininity with homosexuality, which is not always the case."
The couple welcomed their first baby, a boy named Alfred, on May 6, 2013.
However, David Walliams and Lara Stone announced their split in March 2015.
Their split was finalised within six weeks of Walliams filing for divorce, but they spent a further 18 months battling it out in the courts over their then combined £19million fortune.
Since their split, Walliams has been linked to Pussycat Doll Ashley Roberts and Hollywood actress Kate Beckinsale.
What was David Walliams' big break?
David Walliams first rose to fame on Little Britain, a sketch comedy show which he starred in alongside fellow comic Matt Lucas.
He was known for recurring characters like Carol Beer, the unhelpful saleswoman who replied “Computer says no” to all of her customers’ requests, and obese socialite Desiree DeVere.
He also starred in airline comedy Come Fly With Me alongside Lucas, and opposite Catherine Tate as awkward science teacher Mr Church in Big School.
He hosted the first week of ITV’s Nightly Show and the Royal Variety Performance, as well as cementing his status as a household name on Britain’s Got Talent.
David has been a judge on Britain’s Got Talent since 2012, and has judged alongside Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden, and Alesha Dixon since then.
Simon Cowell also enlisted the help of Walliams at the Judges' Houses on X Factor 2018.
What's David Walliams' net worth?
David Walliams' net worth is reportedly around £17 million.
During his bitter divorce battle with model ex-wife Lara Stone in 2015, it was revealed the couple had amassed a wealth of over £19million.
But it’s likely his net worth has increased due to his many books.
Walliams reportedly earned close to £15million from his first five books alone.
What are his most popular books?
Walliams books have proved wildly popular, and his second book Mr Stink won the People’s Book Prize in 2009.
In total, Walliams has written 25 children’s books – 18 story and seven picture books – since he first tried his hand at children’s literature in 2008.
The books are Mr Stink, The Boy in the Dress, Gangsta Granny, Billionaire Boy, Ratburger, Demon Dentist, Awful Auntie, Grandpa's Great Escape, The Midnight Gang, The World’s Worst Children 1, 2 and 3, Bad Dad, The Ice Monster, The World's Worst Teachers, Fing, The Beast of Buckingham Palace and Slime.
The picture books are The Slightly Annoying Elephant, The First Hippo On The Moon, The Queen's Orang-utan, The Bear Who Went Boo!, There's a Snake in My School, Boogie Bear and Geronimo.
David's first five books sold a total of 2.2 million copies in the UK, and a further 200,000 worldwide.
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