DAVID Walliams became a star name thanks to his role in Little Britain with Matt Lucas and his later work on Britain’s Got Talent.
Here’s what we know about the funny man…
PA:Press Association Camp comic David Walliams is a regular on the judging panel of Britain’s Got Talent
Who is David Walliams, how old is he and what is his background?
David Walliams is a 46-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.
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 were also slammed.
Getty Images David judges BGT with Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden and Alesha Dixon – which Ant and Dec present
What TV shows has David Walliams been in?
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 entertained.
BBC David and Matt Lucas played Andy and Lou on popular sketch show Little Britain
How many children’s books has David Walliams written?
David Walliams has written 17 children’s books – 12 story and five 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 and 2, and Bad Dad.
The picture books are The Slightly Annoying Elephant, The First Hippo On The Moon, The Queen’s Orang-utan, The Bear Who Went Boo! and There’s a Snake in My School.
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.
News Group Newspapers Ltd David Walliams has been called ‘the new Roald Dahl’ due to his children’s books
When did David Walliams and Lara Stone get married and how many children do they have?
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.
Getty Images David married Lara Stone in 2010 after proposing with a ring inside a burger
Why did David Walliams and Lara Stone split up?
David Walliams and Lara Stone announced their split in March 2015, divorcing in September 2015 after five years of marriage.
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.
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.