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.


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.

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    It's time to get serious with Britain's favourite funny man - Camp David, by David Walliams. "Will surprise, entertain, and allow fans and newcomers to enter the comic's uniquely brilliant world". ("GQ Magazine"). "Raucously funny and superbly written". ("Heat"). "Hilarious". ("Telegraph"). "A great read. My only criticism is it ended too soon". ("The Sun"). "A fascinating read". ("Star Magazine"). "Brilliantly written". ("Express"). "Fascinating stuff". ("Closer"). "Uproariously great". ("Guardian"). Famous comedian, funniest judge on "Britain's Got Talent", irresistible ladykiller and high-achieving sportsman, David Walliams is a man of many talents. Launched to fame with the record-breaking "Little Britain", his characters - Lou, Florence, Emily, amongst others - became embedded in our shared popular culture. You couldn't enter a playground for a long while without hearing "eh, eh, eh" or "computer says no". Yet Walliams is a mystery. Often described as a bundle of contradictions, he is disarming and enigmatic, playing up his campness one minute and hinting about his depression the next. To read "Camp David" is to be truly shocked, as well as tickled pink, as David Walliams bares his soul like never before and reveals a fascinating and complex mind. This searingly honest autobiography is a true roller-coaster ride of emotions, as this nation's sweetheart unlocks closely guarded secrets that until now have remained hidden in his past. David Walliams is an actor, writer, active fundraiser and - above all - he's a world class comedian who knows how to make us laugh. He performed in and co-wrote the phenomenally successful "Little Britain" and "Come Fly with Me" with Matt Lucas, and recently appeared as a popular judge alongside Simon Cowell on "Britain's Got Talent". He has performed many feats of endurance for charity, and won over the entire country when he swam the Thames for Sports Relief. His bestselling children's books include "Mr Stink", "Gangsta Granny", "Billionaire Boy", "Boy in the Dress" and "Ratburger".
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    SEVEN hilarious and moving novels from bestselling, critically acclaimed author, David Walliams, in one SUPER-TASTIC box-set! AWFUL AUNTIE: Stella Saxby is the sole heir to Saxby Hall. But awful Aunt Alberta and her giant owl will stop at nothing to get it from her. Luckily, Stella has a secret - and slightly spooky - weapon up her sleeve...DEMON DENTIST: Strange things were happening in the dead of night. When children put a tooth under their pillow for the tooth fairy, they would wake to find something creepy in its place. Evil was at work. But who or what was behind it? RATBURGER: Can Zoe keep her beloved pet rat safe from the clutches of the dastardly Burt of Burt's Burgers? GANGSTA GRANNY: Ben's grandma is the boringest grandma ever: all she wants to do is to play Scrabble and eat cabbage soup. But there are two things Ben doesn't know about her: 1) She was once an international jewel thief. 2) All her life, she has been plotting to steal the crown jewels, and now she needs Ben's help...BILLIONAIRE BOY: Joe has a lot of reasons to be happy. About a billion of them, in fact. He has absolutely everything he could possibly want. But there's just one thing he really needs: a friend...MR STINK: Mr Stink stank. He also stunk. And if it was correct English to say he stinked, then he stinked as well...But there's more to this vagrant than meets the nose! THE BOY IN THE DRESS: Dennis was different. Why was he different, you ask? Well, a small clue might be in the title of this book...
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    Due to phenomenal demand, we have sold out of this collection. Our new David Walliams Box Set will be available at the end of August. Click on `Notify me? to receive an email when it comes into stock.

    David Walliams is one of the greatest storytellers around at the moment and his stories are inspired by the devilish humour of Roald Dahl.

    Presented in a keepsake slipcase, this collection includes his first five novels. We start with The Boy in the Dress, a book all about a boy who just doesn't fit in. When he tries on a dress, his life changes. But should he keep this a secret? Mr Stink follows and this is a book about a stinky tramp who has a surprising past.

    Billionaire Boy is a book all about how money can't buy you everything, especially friends; and Gangsta Ganny proves that grandmas may have hidden traits - including being a jewel thief. Finally, Ratburger follows Zoe as she tries to keep her beloved rat safe from Burt of Burt's Burgers.

    Books that will make children think, cry and laugh (a lot!), these belong on every young reader's bookshelf. Don't be surprised if you end up enjoying them just as much as your children!

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