DAVID Walliams has become a household name for his judging role on Britain’s Got Talent, his work on sketch shows and his best-selling children's books.
Audiences just love the camp comic’s cheeky rapport with long-term fellow judge Simon Cowell, and he has also won accolades as a children’s author – even being asked to read one on CBeebies Bedtime Stories. Here's what we know about him…
David Walliams is a 46-year-old comedian and children's author.
He was born David Williams 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 judge on BGT, on which he exhibits his camp persona, and often appears to ramp it up for the benefit of TV audiences, flirting with interviewers and making innuendos.
He recently admitted that lately he finds the show boring – because the acts are too good.
In 2015 he was awarded the gong for Best Judge at the National Television Awards in recognition of his work on the show.
However, Walliams has also caused his fair share of controversy.
In November 2017 he was attacked online for his "yellowface" Halloween costume as Kim Jong-Un – and his past "racist" sketches on Little Britain and other shows was also slammed.
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 joined Britain’s Got Talent in 2012, and has judged alongside Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden, and Alesha Dixon since then.
His joining the show injected hilarity into proceedings, as he is known for his squabbling with TV’s ‘Mr Nasty’ Simon Cowell.
David and Simon have a jokey rapport that has kept fans of the show very entertained.
David Walliams has written 14 children’s books – 10 stories and four 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, and There’s A Snake In My School.
The picture books are The Slightly Annoying Elephant, The First Hippo On The Moon, The Queen's Orang-utan and The Bear Who Went Boo!.
These have proved wildly popular, and his second book Mr Stink won the People’s Book Prize in 2009.
David's first five books sold a total of 2.2 million copies in the UK, and a further 200,000 worldwide.
David Walliams and Lara Stone had 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 and 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.
They were married for five years before divorcing in 2015.
David Walliams and Lara Stone announced their split in March 2015, divorcing in September 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 £19 million fortune.
They settled the case in the High Court in November 2016, though details of the settlement have not been revealed.
There has been much speculation on why the pair split but in divorce proceedings, Lara agreed to take the blame, with her "unreasonable behaviour" becoming the official grounds for divorce.
However insiders told The Sun that David had not wanted to divorce, and had hoped the pair could work out their differences.
There were reports that Lara was uncomfortable with the way David deliberately played up a "camp" TV persona, which also inspired the name of his autobiography Camp David.
It was also suggested that model Lara’s raunchy shoots had made David feel insecure about their relationship.
During his bitter divorce battle with model ex-wife Lara Stone in 2015, it was revealed the couple had amassed a wealth of over £19 million.
But it’s likely his net worth has increased as he’s now written 12 books.
Walliams reportedly earned close to £15 million from his first five books alone.
As of November 2017 Walliams was estimated to be worth £17m.
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