Lucas at the 2017 San Diego Comic-Con
|Birth name||Matthew Richard Lucas|
|Medium||Actor, comedian, writer|
|Education||The Haberdashers' Aske's Boys' School, Hertfordshire
University of Bristol
National Youth Theatre
|Notable works and roles||Little Britain
Krod Mandoon and the Flaming Sword of Fire
Come Fly with Me
The Matt Lucas Awards
Alice in Wonderland
Alice Through the Looking Glass
Matthew Richard Lucas (born 5 March 1974) is an English comedian, screenwriter, actor and singer, best known for his work with David Walliams in the television show Little Britain, as well as for his portrayals of the scorekeeping baby Georgie Dawes in the comedy panel game Shooting Stars, both Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee in Alice in Wonderland and its sequel, Alice Through the Looking Glass, and Nardole in the tenth series of long-running British sci-fi drama Doctor Who.
Lucas was born in Paddington, London, the son of Diana (née Williams) (born 1945) and John Stanley Lucas (1944-1996), who ran a chauffeuring business. He is from a Jewish family; some of Lucas's mother's family fled from Germany just before the Second World War. Lucas has had alopecia since his childhood, and lost all of his hair when he was six years old. Lucas's father died of a heart attack aged 52 in Brent, Greater London.
Lucas was educated at Aylward Primary School and The Haberdashers' Aske's Boys' School, an independent school in Borehamwood in Hertfordshire, the same school attended by comic actors David Baddiel and Sacha Baron Cohen. He studied at the University of Bristol between 1993 and 1995. He also spent time with the National Youth Theatre, where he first met future writing partner David Walliams.
Lucas's association with Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer began in 1992. In 1995, Lucas appeared in The Smell of Reeves and Mortimer. He went on to star with them in Shooting Stars. He quickly rose to fame as George Dawes, the giant baby, who would deliver a string of meaningless gags (often in character) and insults before delivering the score, while sitting at and playing a drum kit, often dressed in an adult-sized romper suit. He also appeared on occasion as Marjorie Dawes, George's mother, who also appears in Little Britain.
He again appeared with Reeves & Mortimer in the BBC series Randall & Hopkirk, and Catterick in a variety of roles. In 1999, Lucas paired with David Walliams, with whom he had already worked in both Mash and Peas and Sir Bernard's Stately Homes, to create Rock Profile, a comedy show that spoofed famous musicians and musical personalities. It is notable for being one of their first comedic collaborations. Lucas has also written for actor Sacha Baron Cohen.
His music video appearances include the Damien Hirst-directed video for Blur's "Country House", "Jesusland" by Ben Folds in 2005, "I'm with Stupid" by the Pet Shop Boys and "Vindaloo" and "Naughty Christmas" by Fat Les.
Little Britain is Lucas's most commercially successful work. Originally a radio show on BBC Radio 4, it later became a TV series. Among the many characters he plays in the series, which he writes and acts in along with David Walliams, are apparently "disabled" Andy Pipkin, teenage Bristol chav Vicky Pollard, homophobic homosexual Daffyd Thomas, and insensitive slimming club organiser Marjorie Dawes. In January 2005 Lucas and Walliams were named the most powerful people in TV comedy by Radio Times.
In 2005, he took his first role in a television drama, a supporting part as a Venetian duke in the BBC historical serial Casanova, written by Russell T Davies. Also in 2005, he did voice work in the ITV children's program King Arthur's Disasters alongside Rik Mayall. Since 2006, Lucas has been the voice of the radio and television character Digit Al, devised as part of a public information campaign on digital switchover. On 26 November 2006 he appeared on the BBC Radio 4 programme Desert Island Discs. He made a cameo appearance in Shaun of the Dead as Tom, the cousin of Shaun's friend Yvonne.
In 2007, he released "I'm Gonna Be", originally by The Proclaimers, with Peter Kay as a charity single for Comic Relief. He performed the single as Little Britain character Andy Pipkin, along with Kay playing as Brian Potter. He also starred as Mr. Toad in The Wind in the Willows, a 2006 television adaptation of the Kenneth Grahame novel.
He has appeared in Kath & Kim and Neighbours (the latter alongside David Walliams as Little Britain characters Lou and Andy), as well as a cameo role, playing 'Chris' or 'Jammy' at the wedding fayre, in the BBC Three sitcom Gavin & Stacey. Lucas has co-written (with Walliams) and performed in a new series of Little Britain USA for HBO.
On 9 April 2009, the series Kröd Mändoon and the Flaming Sword of Fire, featuring Lucas as a regular performer, premièred on Comedy Central, the first major comedy series which Lucas had worked on since Little Britain. In 2010, Lucas played Tweedledee and Tweedledum in Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland.
On 3 October 2010, Matt played Thénardier in the 25th Anniversary Concerts of Les Misérables, at the O2 Arena in London. A year later, from 23 June to 10 September 2011, he reprised the role at The Queen's Theatre, in the West End. He has since collaborated with Alfie Boe, who played Jean Valjean, to record a duet of "The Impossible Dream" on Boe's debut album.
On Christmas Day 2010, the BBC began showing Lucas and David Walliams' new series, Come Fly with Me. The show saw Walliams and Lucas each playing multiple characters but, unlike Little Britain, it focused entirely on the working environment of the airline industry. In an interview shown on BBC 3 on 9 February 2011, it was stated that the creators considered bringing travel agent character Carol Beer from Little Britain to the new series, but decided against it, as they didn't want viewers to see the new show as merely a spinoff. Instead, all new characters were introduced.
On 28 March 2012, Lucas appeared as the "Generation X" guest on the Australian game show Talkin' 'Bout Your Generation.
On 10 April 2012, Lucas's own BBC One show The Matt Lucas Awards began. It was a send-up of awards programme, with a panel of comedians giving their nominations for awards for a series of prizes concerning trivial topics.
Lucas also starred in the dark comedy Small Apartments released in February 2013 alongside James Caan, Billy Crystal, Johnny Knoxville, Juno Temple with other cameo performances by notable actors.
On 14 June 2016, it was announced Lucas would be joining the BBC series Doctor Who for its tenth series, where he is set to reprise the character Nardole, which he had played in the 2015 and 2016 Christmas specials, "The Husbands of River Song" and "The Return of Doctor Mysterio" respectively.
On 16 February 2017, Lucas was awarded an Honorary Degree "Doctor of Letters" by the University of Bristol, where he had studied for two years in the 1990s but had left before completing his degree course.
On 3 October 2017, Lucas released his autobiography titled Little Me, published by Canongate Books.
Lucas is a patron of the Karen Morris Memorial Trust, a UK charity for leukaemia patients and their families. In April 2004, he appeared on Celebrity Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? and won £62,500 for the charity.
Lucas is gay and said he first suspected it at the age of seven. In December 2006, Lucas entered into a civil partnership with Kevin McGee, in a ceremony in Central London. In attendance were various celebrities, including Barbara Windsor, Neil Tennant, Elton John, and Courtney Love. Their civil partnership was dissolved through the High Court in 2008. Lucas was raised Jewish and variously described himself as an atheist and a "fairly secular Jew".
|1998||Jilting Joe||Air Steward|
|1999||Plunkett & Macleane||Sir Oswald|
|2004||Shaun of the Dead||Cousin Tom|
|2005||Cold and Dark||Dr. Elgin|
|2009||Astro Boy||Sparx (voice)|
|2010||Alice in Wonderland||Tweedledee and Tweedledum|
|2010||Les Misérables: 25th Anniversary Concert||Thenardier|
|2011||Gnomeo & Juliet||Benny (voice)|
|2012||Small Apartments||Franklin Franklin|
|2013||The Look of Love||Divine|
|2013||In Secret||Olivier||Previously titled Thérèse|
|2013||The Harry Hill Movie||Otto|
|2016||Alice Through the Looking Glass||Tweedledee and Tweedledum|
|2017||How to Talk to Girls at Parties|
|2018||A Futile and Stupid Gesture||Tony Hendra|
|2018||Sherlock Gnomes||Benny (voice)||Post-production|
|1995||The Imaginatively Titled Punt & Dennis Show||1 episode|
|1995||The Smell of Reeves and Mortimer||Mayor Hobson / Pub Landlord / Quivell Mills||4 episodes|
|1995-2009||Shooting Stars||George Dawes / Marjorie Dawes|
|1996||Mash and Peas||Danny Mash / Various roles||9 episodes; also writer|
|1997||Sunnyside Farm||Mr. Mills|
|1997||It's Ulrika!||Various roles||TV movie|
|1998||You Are Here||Pat Magnet||TV movie|
|1999||Bang, Bang, It's Reeves and Mortimer||Various roles||1 episode|
|1999||Sir Bernard's Stately Homes||Sir Bernard Chumley||6 episodes|
|1999-2009||Rock Profile||Various characters||28 episodes; also writer|
|2000||Da Ali G Show||Wrote 1 episode|
|2001||Fun at the Funeral Parlour||Father Titmus / Isaac Hunt||2 episodes|
|2001||Randall & Hopkirk||Nesbit||1 episode: "Revenge of the Bog People"|
|2002||Surrealissimo: The Scandalous Success of Salvador Dalí||Luis Buñuel||TV movie|
|2002||Captain V||TV movie|
|2003||Comic Relief 2003: The Big Hair Do||Su Pollard: Blankety Blank||TV movie|
|2003-2007||Little Britain||Various Roles / Andy Pipkin / Daffyd Thomas||23 episodes; also writer|
|2004||Catterick||Roy Oates / Dan the Shellfish Man / Webster||6 episodes|
|2004||French and Saunders||1 episode|
|2004||The All Star Comedy Show||Various roles||TV movie|
|2004||AD/BC: A Rock Opera||God||TV movie|
|2005||Look Around You||Dr. Phillip Lavender||2 episodes|
|2005||Casanova||Villars||Mini-series; 2 episodes|
|2005-2006||King Arthur's Disasters||Merlin|
|2006||Popetown||Cardinal One / Jackie Cohen||10 episodes|
|2006||The Wind in the Willows||Toad||TV movie|
|2007||The National Television Awards 2007||Lou||TV movie|
|2007||Gavin & Stacey||Jammy||1 episode|
|2007||Neighbours||Andy Pipkin||1 episode: "British Bulldog"|
|2007||Kath & Kim||Karen||2 episodes|
|2007-2008||Little Britain USA||Various roles||6 episodes; also writer and executive producer|
|2009||Kröd Mändoon and the Flaming Sword of Fire||Chancellor Dongalor||6 episodes|
|2009||Comic Relief 2009||Julie / Matt Van-Laaast / Ellie Grace||TV movie|
|2009||Pride of Britain Awards 2009||Andy||TV movie|
|2010||Funny or Die Presents||Graham Rhys Grahamcox||1 episode "The Carpet Brothers"|
|2010||The One Ronnie||Various characters||TV movie|
|2010-2011||Come Fly with Me||Various roles / Fearghal O'Farrell / Keeley St Clair / Mickey Minchin||6 episodes; also writer and associate producer|
|2012||The Greatest Footie Ads Ever||Andy||TV movie|
|2013||Community||Toby||1 episode: "Conventions of Space and Time"|
|2013||Super Fun Night||Derrick||Guest appearance|
|2014||The Life of Rock with Brian Pern||Ray Thomas|
|2015||Pompidou||Pompidou||Also writer and director|
|2015||Fresh Off the Boat||Mr. Fisher||Episode: "Boy II Man"|
|2015-2017||Doctor Who||Nardole||"The Husbands of River Song"
"The Return of Doctor Mysterio"
|2015||Man Seeking Woman||Igor||Episode: "Teacup"|
|2016||Bull||Mr. Richards||Episode: "A Faberge Egg"|
|2016||Galavant||Peasant John||Episode: "Aw, Hell, the King"|
|2016||Mack & Moxy||Admirable Matt||Episode: "A Spectrum of Possibilities"|
|2016||A Midsummer Night's Dream||Nick Bottom||TV movie|
|2016||Round Planet||Narrator||10 episodes|
|2017||Bill Nye Saves the World||Himself||Episode: "The Sexual Spectrum"|
|1996||Shooting Stars: Unviewed and Nude||George Dawes||Video|
|1997||Dennis Pennis R.I.P.||'The Quill'||Video|
|2003||Welcome to Glaringly||Various roles||Short|
|2005||Alan Partridge Presents: The Cream of British Comedy||Daffydd Thomas||Video|
|2007||Fievel Throws Down||Short|
|2010||The RRF in New Recruit||Sparx (voice)||Video short|
|2002||Taboo||Leigh Bowery||Venue Theatre, London|
|2005 - 2007||Little Britain Live||Writer and performer (various roles)||UK and Australian tours|
|2009||Prick Up Your Ears||Kenneth Halliwell||Comedy Theatre, London|
|2010||Les Misérables in Concert: The 25th Anniversary||Thénardier||The O2, London|
|2011||Les Misérables||Queen's Theatre, London|
|2018||Me and My Girl||Bill Snibson||Chichester Festival Theatre|