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10 Fun Facts About David Walliams

David Walliams earned his fame in the world of TV comedy, but he is also a brilliant children's author, having written lots of hilarious, poignant and spellbinding books. Take a look at the fun facts below to learn more about this wonderful writer.

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1. He was born David Edward Williams in 1971, the son of a London Transport engineer and a lab technician. He grew up in Banstead, Surrey.

2. He graduated from the University of Bristol with a BA in Drama in 1992.

3. During university holidays, he performed with the National Youth Theatre, where he met future comedy collaborator and friend, Matt Lucas.

4. Aged 24, his first job in showbiz was writing for The Ant and Dec Show.

5. In 2006, he swam 21 miles across the English Channel in ten and a half hours, raising over 1.5 million pounds for Sport Relief.

6. In 2011, he swam a mammoth 140 miles down the River Thames, raising over 2.5 million pounds for Sport Relief. In an awesome act of heroism, he saved a Labrador from drowning in the process! However, he also injured himself pretty badly during the swim, and had to have emergency back surgery in late 2013.

7. The paperback of one of David Walliams's fun-filled children's books, Gangsta Granny, dominated the UK charts, remaining at number 1 for a total of 22 weeks.

8. His debut children's novel, The Boy in the Dress, features a young boy named Dennis, a fashion fan who loves to dress in girls' clothes. David himself was dressed up by his sister as a child, and has cross-dressed in many roles throughout his acting career.

9. His books have often been compared to those of Roald Dahl, David Walliams's literary idol. David's first two books, The Boy in the Dress and Mr Stink, were illustrated by Roald Dahl's brilliant illustrator, Quentin Blake.

10. David married Dutch model Lara Stone in 2010. In 2013, their little boy Alfred was born, but the couple divorced in 2015.