Date of birth
5th March, 1971
Matt Lucas (born 05.03.1974) Matt Lucas is English comedian and actor best known for his sketch show 'Little Britain' with David Walliams.
Childhood: Matt Lucas was born in Paddington, London and grew up in a Jewish household in Stanmore, Middlesex. His parents are Diana and John Stanley, the owner of a chauffeuring business. He lost his hair as a child suffering from alopecia which he has said was caused by a variety of things including a serious car accident earlier in his youth. He attended Haberdashers' Aske's Boys' School in Borehamwood, Hertfordshire and studied drama at the University of Bristol. He met David Walliams while he was involved in the National Youth Theatre.
Comedy and acting career: Matt Lucas began his early career in 1992 with 'The Smell of Reeves and Mortimer' and 'Shooting Stars' alongside Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer. The latter saw him rise to fame as he told jokes while dressed as a baby.
He first worked with David Walliams in 1996 on 'Mash and Peas' and later joined him again in 1999's 'Sir Bernard's Stately Homes' and music spoof 'Rock Profile'. They then banded together to create 'Little Britain' in 2003 and Lucas depicted a variety of comedy characters including the unnecessarily wheelchair-bound Andy Pipkin, the Welsh homosexual Daffyd Thomas, the abusive Fat Fighters leader Marjorie Dawes and the fast-talking Bristol chav Vicky Pollard.
In 2004, he briefly appeared in 'Shaun of the Dead' which starred Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. He has also made a cameo in 'Gavin & Stacey'. In 2005, he made his TV drama debut in Russell T Davies' 'Casanova' as well as providing his voice in 'King Arthur's Disasters'. He starred as Mr. Toad in the TV movie 'The Wind in the Willows' in 2006. During 2007's Comic Relief, he recorded a version of The Proclaimers' 'I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)' with Peter Kay as his 'Little Britain' character Andy Pipkin.
In 2009, he appeared in the TV series 'Kröd Mändoon and the Flaming Sword of Fire' on Comedy Central. In 2010, he played both Tweedledee and Tweedledum in Tim Burton's 'Alice in Wonderland' starring Johnny Depp, Mia Wasikowska and Helena Bonham Carter. He also created his own comedy radio show called 'And The Winner Is' and appeared in 'Les Misérables' at the O2 Arena in London.
The same year saw him collaborate with David Walliams yet again for a new comedy sketch show called 'Come Fly With Me'. In 2011, his voice appeared in 'Gnomeo and Juliet' and he had a small role alongside Kristen Wiig in 'Bridesmaids'.
In 2012, he was a guest on the Australian game show 'Talkin' 'Bout Your Generation'. In a similar ilk to his radio show, he also debuted his BBC One show 'The Matt Lucas Awards'. He stars in the 2013 comedy movie 'Small Apartments' alongside Billy Crystal, Johnny Knoxville, Juno Temple and Rebel Wilson.
Personal life: Matt Lucas is openly gay and had a civil ceremony with Kevin McGee in 2006. However, due to McGee's intense paranoia and drug use, they divorced in 2008. McGee committed suicide not long after. He lived with Australian actress Rebel Wilson who he met on the set of 'Bridesmaids'. He is a patron of the leukaemia charity the Karen Morris Memorial Trust. He is a fan of Arsenal F.C.
A curious alien lands in the London suburb of Croydon as punk is sweeping Britain in this sci-fi rom-com based on a short story by Neil Gaiman and directed by John Cameron Mitchell. ‘How to Talk to Girls at Parties’ hits theatres this spring.
It’s 1977 and Enn (Alex Sharp) and his friends John (Ethan Lawrence) and Vic (Abraham Lewis) are young punks looking for anarchy in suburban London and to meet some girls.
Alex Sharp and Elle Fanning in in ‘How to Talk to Girls at Parties’
Alice once again returns to Wonderland and meets a lot of familiar faces. This time her biggest enemy is Time, quite literally. As the Blue Caterpillar reminds her, 'You've been gone too long, Alice there are matters that might benefit from your attention. Friends cannot be neglected.' Instead of falling down a rabbit hole, this time Alice gains entry to wonderland through a large mirror which takes her to a topsy-turvy universe which could only be associated with Wonderland. There appear to be a few differences between the book and the new film; whilst Lewis Carol's original version of the book was based six months after the original tale, the inclusion of Time might mean that Linda Woolverton's version make time travel much quicker in Wonderland. Again, Carol used many chess analogies in the book, at the moment its unknown how much this will play a part in the movie. The majority of the lead cast from Tim Burton's 2010 version of Alice in Wonderland including Johnny Depp as Mad Hatter, Helena Bonham Carter as the Red Queen and Anne Hathaway as the White Queen. Alice Through The Looking Glass was directed by James Bobbin who previously worked on the 2011 Muppets film and Muppets Most Wanted.
By Rich Cline
It's difficult not to go into a movie like this with a sense of dread, as the beloved children's book becomes a live-action movie with a digitally animated, eerily realistic-looking bear. Thankfully, the task of filmmaking was given to the inventive Paul King (of Mighty Boosh fame), who made the charmingly surreal 2009 comedy Bunny and the Bull and brings a refreshingly unexpected comical sensibility to liven up this film's family-friendly formula.
It starts in darkest Peru, where a young bear (voiced by Ben Whishaw) has been raised by his aunt and uncle (Imelda Staunton and Michael Gambon), who learned about London from a British explorer. Now in need of a new home, the youngster heads across the sea and takes the name of Paddington Station when he meets the Brown family: over-cautious dad (Hugh Bonneville), over-curious mum (Sally Hawkins), sulking teen Judy (Madeleine Harris), inventive pre-teen Jonathan (Samuel Joslin) and feisty relative Mrs Bird (Julie Walters). As they help him find the explorer, he has a series of adventures, unaware that the taxidermist Millicent (Nicole Kidman) is on his trail, determined to add him to the species on exhibition at the Natural History Museum.
This Cruella De Vil-style subplot would be seriously annoying if King ever let it take over the movie, but it always remains secondary to Paddington's mayhem-causing behaviour and his bonding with the Browns. It also provides some genuine tension in a climactic action sequence in the museum. But most of the film is dedicated to Paddington's comically ridiculous antics, and Whishaw voices him with just the right mixture of curiosity and hapless mischief to make him irresistible.
Continue reading: Paddington Review
Paddington is a young Peruvian bear who has always held a curiosity for the city of London. After his equally adventurous Aunt Lucy's home is destroyed, she decides to send him off to England after teaching him all about a famous explorer she once knew who lives there. Unfortunately, when Paddington gets to Paddington Station, he has no idea where he is or how to even exit the place. After struggling with the various signs for a long while, he is eventually spotted by the kindly Brown family, who agree to take him in until he can find out the whereabouts Aunt Lucy's explorer friend. However, Paddington's life skills aren't up to scratch and he's about to learn that there's a lot more to life in London than he initially thought. Meanwhile, he is forced to defend his life when his presence is acknowledged by an evil bear taxidermist.
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By Rich Cline
Filmmaker Charlie Stratton takes a rather obvious approach to Emile Zola's iconic 1867 novel Therese Raquin, ramping up the melodrama while drenching everything in shadowy doom and gloom. It's such a bleak film that it sometimes feels like a spoof, pushing every emotional story element to the breaking point. But the resilient premise still has something to say.
In deeply repressed 19th century French society, Therese (Elizabeth Olsen) is an orphan raised by her over-involved aunt (Jessica Lange), sharing a bed with her sickly cousin Camille (Tom Felton). When she comes of age, Therese is simply expected to marry Camille, after which all three move to Paris to open a shop. Soon Therese meets Camille's old pal Laurent (Oscar Isaac), who sparks her lust in ways the wheezy Camille never could. And as they begin a torrid affair, Therese and Laurent know that they can only be together after Camille is dead. So they hatch a nefarious plan, but life doesn't play out quite as they expect it to.
Writer-director Stratton makes everything so stylised that it can't help feeling stagey, with streets, sets and costumes that are relentlessly drab. The main colour scheme is dark greys and browns, and everything is swamped in murky shadows as the characters swap anguished glances. The actors do what they can with this. Olsen and Isaac manage to generate some sweaty chemistry, which transforms into something very different in the final act. Felton finds some humanity underneath Camille's obnoxious exterior. Lange merrily chomps the scenery as the glowering, over-reacting matriarch. And casting Matt Lucas, Mackenzie Crook and Shirley Henderson in key supporting roles can't help but add some unexpected comedy ("I have a touch of the vapours!").
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More information on BBC3's future will be announced tomorrow, Thursday, 6 March.
In 2010 BBC 6Music was saved following a vocal campaign from both high profile individuals in the music industry and fans of the show. Fast-forward 4 years and a similarly niche sub-section of the BBC – the television channel BBC3 – is facing extinction, unless a social media campaign and some celebrity backers can save it.
Simon Day plays Brian Pern - a rock star in his twilight years, fronting a major BBC documentary as the former lead-singer of the progressive rock group, Thatch.
Therese Raquin is a young woman living with her aunt and cousin Camille. One day Madame Raquin informs her that she and Camille are to be married after which they will settle in Paris. Though it was not a pairing of her choosing, Therese tries to attract some interest from her rather unpleasant cousin who appears to be shrugging away her every advance, even on their wedding night. In Paris, Camille meets his childhood friend Laurent, a painter, who they invite to stay. Intrigued, Therese soon finds herself engaging in an illicit and passionate affair with him behind her husband and aunt's back. As their relationship deepens, their yearning for one another becomes stronger and they began to plot a way to get Camille out of the picture which ends in his murder on a boat trip. Far from gaining peace, the couple find themselves racked with guilt and highly suspected by Madame Raquin.
'In Secret' is the tense romance thriller written and directed by Charlie Stratton ('Faux Baby'). It is based on the 1867 classic novel 'Therese Raquin' written by Emile Zola and is also the subject of a play by Neal Bell. It is set to be released in US theatres on February 21st 2014.
"Appalling" rap condemned for homophobia, racism and for just being rubbish.
Former X Factor contestant James Arthur has faced a fierce backlash after his diss track aimed at MC Micky Worthless contained the insult "f*****g queer." The criticism directed at Arthur was so strong that the singer relinquished control of his Twitter account to his management team. "#LOVE to my fans but I'm coming off twitter for good. HQ will be doing all my tweets from now on. PEACE!" he wrote.
James Arthur Steps Away From Twitter After Backlash.
The 25 year-old posted the track 'Hey Micky' on Soundcloud which has now been taken down but not before news could quickly spread that he had used an inexcusable and offensive gay slur. "F*ck you @JamesArthur23 for using the phrase 'f**king queer' in your latest track. F*ck you," angrily wrote actor Matt Lucas on Twitter.
Simon Pegg, Matt Lucas, Alan Davies and more were among the online mourners giving their last respects to the late comic
Felix Dexter tragically passed away at the premature age of 52 on Friday, 18 October. The St. Kitts-born London comic was one of the first black comics to break into the mainstream of British comedy and his comic writing and acting earned him countless plaudits and awards during his life time. Following the annoucnemnt of his death, some of the comics who worked alongside him and who were influence by his comic style gave their respects to the late star.
Born in the Caribbean island nation of St Kitts in , Dexter developed myeloma, a type of bone marrow cancer, only a few months ago and sadly succumbed to the tragic illness this week. He first began flirting with success as a stand-up comic, but it wasn't until he appeared in _The Real McCo_y that he became a household name and tickled the funny bone of millions. He later went on to work as part of the Royal Shakespeare Company and more recently appeared on television as part of the BBC sketch show Bellamy's People and the sitcom Citizen Khan. Some of his more famous roles also include the Fast Show and Absolutely Fabulous.
Comedian and QI panellist Alan Davis tweeted his shock at the passing, writing on his Twitter page, "Sad and shocked to hear about Felix Dexter passing away. So many gigs with him back in the olden days. Always a pleasure. RIP Felix."
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Rebel Wilson, Matt Lucas and Screen Actors Guild - Director Paul Feig, Rebel Wilson and Matt Lucas, Sunday 29th January 2012 at the 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards (SAG Awards) held at The Shrine Auditorium - Red Carpet