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David Edward Walliams (born Williams; 20th August 1971) is an English comedian, writer, children's author and actor, known for his partnership with Matt Lucas on the TV sketch show Little Britain and its predecessor Rock Profile. He also portrayed the voice of one of the three Bulgy Bears in The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (film).
More recently, he and Lucas wrote and starred in Come Fly with Me.
Walliams joined the judging panel for series 6 of Britain's Got Talent for 2012.
Born in Merton, southwest London, to Peter, a London Transport engineer, and Kathleen Williams, a lab technician, Williams was brought up in Banstead, Surrey. His parents appeared on The Friday Night Project when he was the guest star on the show. He was educated at Collingwood Boys' School in Wallington, Surrey, (now Collingwood School) and the independent Reigate Grammar School (where he was a contemporary of Robert Shearman). He was a member of the National Youth Theatre, where he met Matt Lucas. Walliams studied drama at the University of Bristol from 1989 to 1992, one year below Simon Pegg.
Williams changed his name to Walliams when he joined the actors' trade union Equity, as there was already a member named David Williams. This was spoofed in a mock interview on Rock Profile, when Robbie Williams was continuously referred to as 'Robbie Walliams'.
- He is a keen swimmer, as on the 4th of July 2006, he swam the English Channel for the charity Sport Relief (part of Comic Relief).
- On 7th March 2008, Walliams, along with James Cracknell, swam the 12 miles (19 km) Strait of Gibraltar from Spain to Morocco, again for Sport Relief.
- He also swam the River Thames where he rescued a dog that had gotten loose form its owner, and jumped in the river with Walliams.