David Walliams – Keynote Speaker

Comic writer and actor

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  • Comedian
  • Author
  • Acting


  • English


David Walliams is one of Britain’s most popular writers and comic actors.

Little Britain, which he co-created with Matt Lucas, started on Radio 4 and soon progressed to BBC1. The show has won numerous international awards including three BAFTAs, and now plays in over 100 countries. Little Britain Live performed to a million people in the UK, Ireland and Australia. Walliams and Lucas followed Little Britain with the hugely popular spoof airport documentary series Come Fly With Me.

David Walliams has proved himself as a dramatic actor in BBC2’s Capturing Mary with Dame Maggie Smith, in BBC1’s Agatha Christie series Partners In Crime, as Frankie Howerd in the biopic Rather You Than Me for BBC4, and on the stage in Harold Pinter’s No Man’s Land starring alongside Sir Michael Gambon. He received the Comedy Award at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards for his performance as Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream directed by Michael Grandage.

His film credits also include The Look of Love, directed by Michael Winterbottom, Great Expectations directed by Mike Newell, Dinner For Schmucks with Steve Carell and Paul Rudd and directed by Jay Roach, Run Fat Boy Run directed by David Schwimmer and starring Simon Pegg, and Stardust directed by Matthew Vaughn.

Currently Walliams is writing a screenplay for Dreamworks Animation with the director Edgar Wright.

As a children’s author David Walliams is one of the most popular writers for children today selling over 10 million books around the world. Awful Auntie, published in September 2014, went straight to No. 1 in the children’s book chart and remained there for seven weeks, returning to the top of the children’s charts for the coveted Christmas number one slot. Awful Auntie has now sold over 657,000 copies and was the biggest selling book, across all categories, published in 2014. It also won both the National Book Awards ‘Children’s Book of the Year’ and ‘Audiobook of the Year’.

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