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Matt Lucas and David Walliams’ feud explained


DAVID Walliams and Matt Lucas were once the kings of comedy, thanks to their worldwide smash hit show Little Britain.

The pair finally reunited in 2019 after an eight-year feud, but are they friends again? Here’s how the breakdown of their friendship unfolded…

 David Walliams and Matt Lucas rose to fame in the noughties with their hit show Little Britain

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David Walliams and Matt Lucas rose to fame in the noughties with their hit show Little BritainCredit: Handout

How did David Walliams and Matt Lucas meet?

Matt and David met at the National Youth Theatre in the early 90s and quickly bonded over their love of comedy and impressions.

One of their first collaborations was on Rock Profile, which started in 1999.

After other TV parts they finally made it big in 2003 with Little Britain, with the show running until 2009.

They also came together to write and star in Come Fly With Me, which ran from 2010-2011.

 Matt Lucas and David Walliams were seen as a superstar comedy duo - seen here playing Lou and Andy on the very successful Little Britain

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Matt Lucas and David Walliams were seen as a superstar comedy duo – seen here playing Lou and Andy on the very successful Little BritainCredit: BBC

Why did Matt Lucas and David Walliams fall out?

The pair stopped working with each other in 2011, amid reports the friendship became strained.

Matt wrote in his autobiography about how tensions rose between the pair in 2005 during their epic Little Britain Live tour, leading to a spectacular fight backstage one night.

One particular disagreement over David’s facial hair during the tour turned into an all-out screaming match.

Matt explained they were “suddenly hurling obscenities at each other”.

While they managed to make amends, they locked horns again while on the Australian leg of the tour in 2007 and despite making their second show, Come Fly With Me, together, the partnership dissolved in 2011.

 David Walliams and Matt Lucas have been reunited after eight years being estranged

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David Walliams and Matt Lucas have been reunited after eight years being estrangedCredit: Dan Charity – The Sun

In the book, Matt also made a series of snide digs at his former partner, sniping: “Walliams has now sold so many children’s books he can probably buy his own private jet, all decked out in pink, with a river inside it for him to swim up.”

But it didn’t stop there.

David got his own back when he released his own autobiography, Camp David in 2012.

While promoting the book he was asked about his relationship with Matt on Radio 4, to which he replied: “We’re very different people and probably want different things and had different working methods.”

He added: “Well, it’s over for the time being. Whether it’s over forever I don’t know.”

 Comedy duo Matt Lucas and David Walliams are apparently mates again

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Comedy duo Matt Lucas and David Walliams are apparently mates againCredit: Getty Images – Getty

Are Matt Lucas and David Walliams friends again?

Despite any problems in their past, the pair were seen together at the funeral of their mutual showbiz friend Dale Winton on May 22, 2018.

The former friends bonded in their grief for Supermarket Sweep host Dale, who was a great friend to both of them.

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Then much to fans’ delight the comedy duo reunited in 2019 after an eight-year feud, announcing that they are planning a “huge TV comeback”.

Matt and David finally started to work together again in 2019, creating one-off special episode of Little Britain called Little Brexit which was broadcast on BBC Radio 4, where the show started in 2000.

 Matt Lucas and David Walliams reunited to record Little Brexit for Radio 4

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Matt Lucas and David Walliams reunited to record Little Brexit for Radio 4Credit: Twitter

At the time, Sioned Wiliam, commissioning editor for Radio 4 comedy, said: “Matt Lucas and David Walliams are uniquely talented writers and performers as well as one of the UK’s most loved comedy duos.

“It’s a privilege to have them back on Radio 4, where Little Britain first began almost 20 years ago.”

During the excitement of the reunion a source said: “It’s all very quiet, and very recent, but Matt and David have started speaking again.

“They’ve made up, which is amazing and what’s even better is that they are in serious discussions to work together next year.

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“Both realise they missed one another a lot and realise how much joy they can bring themselves and the general public by making a comeback.

“Come Fly With Me is seeming the best option at the moment.”

And Matt Lucas even reiterated that sentiment, claiming that the pair speak “every single day” in an interview on Capital Breakfast in April.

The first appearance of iconic Daffyd Thomas on Little Britain





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