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.
As a children's author David has written 12 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 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. On November 2nd 2017, he released his 12th book BAD DAD.
For television, 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.
David’s 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. Most recently, David has just filming in the television adaptation of GRANDPA’S GREAT ESCAPE for the BBC alongside Golden Globe and BAFTA winner Sir Tom Courtenay and Jennifer Saunders. Two of David’s books, Demon Dentist and Awful Auntie, are currently in development with Studio Canal. In 2014, David established King Bert Productions, alongside Miranda Hart, Jo Sargent and Conor McCaughan with the aim of delivering original comedy, outstanding drama and unique entertainment programmes across global markets. At present, King Bert have currently produced over 25 programmes for Sky, the BBC and More4, among other channels with development deals with the BBC, Channel 4, Disney and Sky.
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.