David Walliams is a comedian, writer and actor. He is best known for his partnership with Matt Lucas on the hugely popular sketch show, Little Britain and is a judge on the ITV talent show Britain’s Got Talent. He currently hosts the weekly ITV show, The Nightly Show.
David has also proven himself as a dramatic actor, with acclaimed roles in Stephen Poliakoff’s Capturing Mary for BBC2, as Frankie Howerd in the biopic Rather You Than Me for BBC4, and on the West End stage in Harold Pinter’s No Man’s Land starring alongside Sir Michael Gambon and in Michael Grandage’s version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Noël Coward Theatre in 2013
In 2006, David Walliams swam the English Channel for Sport Relief, raising over £1 million for charity. In 2011, Walliams swam the length of the River Thames and raised more than £2 million for charity.
Since beginning his publishing career in 2008, David Walliams has taken the children’s literary world by storm. His sixth book DEMON DENTIST was published in September 2013 and went straight to number one in the bestseller charts.
Previous bestsellers RATBURGER and GANGSTA GRANNY were also immediate number one hits, and the paperback of GANGSTA GRANNY dominated the UK charts in 2013, remaining at number one for a colossal 22 weeks.
David is currently the fastest growing children’s author in the UK. Following the Christmas 2012 success and BAFTA nomination of the BBC adaptation of his second book, MR STINK, starring Hugh Bonneville, GANGSTA GRANNY was aired in 2013 over Christmas. His books have achieved unprecedented critical acclaim and it comes as no surprise that countless broadsheet reviewers have compared him to his all-time hero, Roald Dahl.
This event is part of the Prudential Series of talks by exceptional people with extraordinary lives.