David Edward Williams (born 20 August 1971), known as David Walliams, is an English comedian, actor, author, television personality and activist, best known for his partnership with Matt Lucas on the BBC One sketch shows Little Britain, Rock Profile and Come Fly with Me.
Since 2012 Walliams has been a judge on the ITV talent show Britain's Got Talent. He wrote and starred in to series of the BBC One sitcom Big School, playing the role of chemistry teacher Keith Church.
Walliams is also a writer of children's books. By the end of 2014, he had sold over 4 million of these and has been described as "the fastest growing children's author in the UK": his literary style has been compared to that of Roald Dahl.
In early 2008 Walliams signed a contract with HarperCollins to publish two children's books. The debut novel, The Boy in the Dress, illustrated by Quentin Blake, was released worldwide on 1 November 2008. It explores several of the themes of Little Britain from Walliams' own life on an emotional level, such as the camp humour of cross-dressing and effeminacy.The story recounts a neglected 12-year-old boy called Dennis' search for a female role model, his friendship with the popular girl in school, and the ways in which relationships develop along gender lines. The story has a strong resonance with Anne Fine's 1989 book Bill's New Frock. It was announced that this book will be adapted into a film for Christmas 2014.
Walliams in 2015, reading one of his books to an audience in New Zealand, as part of the WORD Christchurch festival.
In November 2009 came Mr Stink, again illustrated by Quentin Blake, about a 12-year-old girl who meets a tramp and helps look after him. She keeps him hidden from her family. The book consists of 26 illustrated chapters full of jokes. It is aimed at teenagers and children over 9. It was the last of Walliams books to be illustrated by Quentin Blake. The book was awarded the Children's Award in the inaugural People's Book Prize in 2010, and was made into a 60-minute film, which premiered on BBC One on 23 December 2012.
On 28 October 2010 Walliams published his third book Billionaire Boy, illustrated by Tony Ross.telling the story of Joe Spud, the richest 12-year-old in the country. Joe's father is a famous inventor, and his wealth means that Joe has everything he could ever want: his own bowling alley, cinema and a trained orangutan who serves as his butler, but there is just one thing he really needs: a friend.The book included a 'billion pound note' that was used to enter a competition to win a day as a billionaire in London. This was the first of his books to be illustrated by Tony Ross.
Walliams' fourth book, Gangsta Granny was released in October 2011 and again illustrated by Tony Ross. It tells the story of Ben who is bored every time he is made to stay at his grandma's house as all she wants to do is to play board games and eat cabbage soup. Ben learns that she was once an international jewel thief and all her life she has wanted to steal the crown jewels. Ben is determined that they do it together. It won a Red House Children's Book Award and was adapted to be a 70-minute film for BBC One and shown on 26 December 2013.
In September 2012 Walliams released his fifth children's book, Ratburger, telling the story of a young girl named Zoe whose life is a misery as she has an evil stepmother. It was followed in September 2013 by his sixth, Demon Dentist. relating the tale of a young boy named Alfie with no family except his dad whose world goes upside-down when a new dentist arrives in town. The book won the top prize in the Younger Readers category at the 2015 Red House Children's Book Awards.
His seventh children's book, Awful Auntie, was released on 25 September 2014. This was the story of a girl named Stella whose Auntie has moved in to her house with her pet. It is the first (and currently only) of Walliams' books to not include Raj the newsagent.
Grandpa's Great Escape (illustrated by Tony Ross) (2015) and The Queen's Orang-utan (2015, for Comic Relief) added to a growing list.
Inside Little Britain (with Boyd Hilton and Matt Lucas): London: Ebury Press: 2006: ISBN 0-09-191231-8
Camp David (2012)
The Boy in the Dress (illustrated by Quentin Blake) (2008)
Mr Stink (illustrated by Quentin Blake) (2009)
Billionaire Boy (illustrated by Tony Ross) (2010)
Gangsta Granny (illustrated by Tony Ross)(2011)
Ratburger (illustrated by Tony Ross) (2012)
Demon Dentist (illustrated by Tony Ross) (2013)
Awful Auntie (illustrated by Tony Ross) (2014)
Grandpa's Great Escape (illustrated by Tony Ross) (2015)
The Slightly Annoying Elephant (2013)
The First Hippo on the Moon (2014)
The Queen's Orang-utan (2015, for Comic Relief)
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