Matt Lucas (born 05.03.1974)
Matt Lucas is English comedian and actor best known for his sketch show 'Little Britain' with David Walliams.
Matt Lucas: 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.
Matt Lucas: 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.
Matt Lucas: 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 lives 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.