David Walliams

Born: August 20, 1971

Occupation: Comedian, Actor, Author, Television Presenter

Challenges overcome: Bipolar Disorder

Successes, Achievements & Awards:

David Walliams was born in Merton, London on 20 August 1971 and is best known for his partnership with Matt Lucas on the BBC sketch shows Little Britain, Rock Profile and Come Fly with Me.

David Walliams was educated at Collingwood Boys School in Wallington and studied Drama at the University of Bristol from 1989 to 1992. Since 2012 he has been a judge on the ITV show Britain’s Got Talent. David Walliams has written seven children’s books and by the end of 2014, David Walliams had sold over 4 million books.

David Walliams was given a special award in recognition of his sporting efforts for charity. In 2006, he won the Pride of Britain Award for “The Most Influential Public Figure” as he raised more than £1 million pounds swimming the channel for the Sport Relief charity. Although initially tipped as a contender for the BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year poll for 2006, David Walliams failed to make the final shortlist of 10 contenders. He was given a special award during the ceremony for his achievement. In July 2006, he became Patron of ‘Cardiac Risk in the Young.’

In September 2011 Walliams won the Lincolnshire Young People’s Book Award in the 9-11-year-old category with his book, Mr Stink. The award is voted for by the school children of  Lincolnshire.
At the 2012 National Television Awards, David Walliams won the ‘Landmark Achievement Award’, for his television career and achievements for Sport Relief. In December 2012 he won the  Specsavers National Book Awards “Children’s Book of the Year” for Ratburger. In December 2013 he won the Specsavers National Book Awards “Children’s Book of the Year” for Demon Dentist. In December 2014 he won the Specsavers National Book Awards “Children’s Book of the Year” for Awful Auntie. Awful Auntie also won the 2014 Specsavers National Book Awards “Audiobook of the Year”.

David Walliams won the award for ‘Best TV Judge’ at the 2015 National Television Awards.

Challenges Overcome

Bipolar Disorder


Disability Definitions

Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder, also known as bipolar affective disorder (and originally called manic-depressive illness), is a mental disorder characterised by periods of elevated mood and periods of depression. The elevated mood is significant and is known as mania or hypomania depending on the severity or whether there is psychosis. During mania an individual feels or acts abnormally happy, energetic, or irritable. They often make poorly thought out decisions with little regard to the consequences. The need for sleep is usually reduced. During periods of depression there may be crying, poor eye contact with others, and a negative outlook on life.


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