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 is Santa and Romesh Ranganathan is from outer space

In Aliens Love Underpants animation

Matt Lucas, Ashley Jensen and Romesh Ranganathan are to lend their voices to an animated special based on the Aliens Love Underpants books.

Sky One is making a one-off programme based on the Aliens Love Panta Claus story, written by Claire Freedman and illustrated by Ben Cort.

Lucas will be playing Santa Claus and Extras star Jensen his wife.  Ranganathan will voice an alien, as will Gavin and Stacey’s Joanna Page, The Wrong Mans’ Mathew Baynton and more to be announced.

 The book is being adapted by stand-up Henry Paker, whose writing credits include Michael McIntyre’s Big Show and Josh.

A series of 12 two-minute shorts based on the same characters, Aliens Love Underpants AND…, launched on the Sky Kids app last year.

Lucy Murphy, head of Sky Kids said: ‘This is a joyously silly story with such lovable characters and we know the whole family will love it – and won’t be able to stop singing along.’

The half-hour special, made by Tiger Aspect, will air on Sky One this Christmas.

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Published: 3 Jul 2018

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Book (2017)
Matt Lucas: Little Me

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Pompidou

DVD (2011)
Barking

DVD (2010)
The Infidel

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