Matt Lucas

Matt Lucas

Date of birth: 05-03-1974
Born in London and educated at Haberdashers' Aske's Boys' School, Matt Lucas lost his hair at the age of six, giving him a distinctive look from an early age.

He was a member of both the National Youth Music Theatre and the National Youth Theatre, where he met comedy partner David Walliams, and both went on to study drama at the University of Bristol.

He began his career in comedy on the stand-up circuit as character act Sir Bernard Chumley, an aging luvvie actor, which he took to the Edinburgh Festival and who later resurfaced in Little Britain

In 1992, Bob Mortimer spotted him on a comedy club stage and recruited him to appear in the second series of The Smell of Reeves and Mortimer. He then went on to be the giant baby George Dawes, who kept score on Reeves and Mortimer's cult quiz show Shooting Stars.

But he is best known for his partnership with David Walliams, which started in earnest with the 1999 UK Play series Rock Profile. They recorded their first of two series of Little Britain for Radio 4 in 2001, and it transferred onto BBC Three in 2003.

In 2002, he played Leigh Bowery in Boy George's musical Taboo in London,and in 2005, he took his first role in a TV drama, playing a Venetian duke in the BBC's Casanova.

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Matt Lucas: Little Britain was cruel

'I wouldn't play a black character or joke about transvestites again'

Matt Lucas has admitted Little Britain was ‘cruel’ – and says he wouldn’t make that kind of comedy again.

Addressing some of the controversy surrounding the sketch show, he said that with hindsight he would not make jokes about transvestites and would avoid playing black characters.

‘If I could go back and do Little Britain again, I wouldn’t make those jokes about transvestites,’ he told the Big Issue. ‘I wouldn’t play black characters. 

‘Basically, I wouldn’t make that show now. It would upset people. We made a more cruel kind of comedy than I’d do now. 

‘Society has moved on a lot since then and my own views have evolved. There was no bad intent there – the only thing you could accuse us of was greed. We just wanted to show off about what a diverse bunch of people we could play.’

‘Now I think it’s lazy for white people to get a laugh just by playing black characters. My aim is to entertain, I don’t have any other agenda.’

Lucas, who appeared alongside David Walliams in the show, said he now thought it was "lazy for white people to get a laugh just by playing black characters’

He played black American preacher Rev Jesse King in one episode of the show, while David Walliams played the recurring black character of Desiree DeVere, who often appeared naked as she hung out in a health spa with rival Bubbles.

Little Britain started life on Radio 4 in 2000, before transferring to BBC Three in 2003 and BBC One in 2005.

Lucas also played the black character Precious in the 2010 airport mockumentary series Come Fly With Me, which he also made with Walliams.

Lucas was speaking to publicise the release of his autobiography, Little Me, which was published yesterday.

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Published: 4 Oct 2017

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Book (2017)
Matt Lucas: Little Me

DVD (2015)

DVD (2011)

DVD (2010)
The Infidel

Past Shows


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