Matthew Richard "Matt" Lucas 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 George Dawes in the comedy panel game Shooting Stars and Tweedledee and Tweedledum in Alice in Wonderland. In May 2007, he was placed seventh in the list of the UK's 100 most influential gay men and women, by British newspaper The Independent.
Early & personal lifeEdit
Lucas was born in Paddington, London, the son of Diana (née Williams) and John Stanley Lucas (1944–1996), who ran a chauffeuring business. Some of Lucas' mother's family fled from Germany during the second world war. Lucas grew up in a Reform Jewish household in Stanmore, Middlesex; he has an older brother, Howard. He has had alopecia since his childhood, which in interviews he has inconsistently attributed to various events, including a delayed reaction to a car accident at the age of four. He lost all of his hair when he was six years old. Lucas' father died of a heart attack aged 52, in Brent, Greater London.
Lucas was educated at Haberdashers' Aske's Boys' School in Borehamwood, Hertfordshire, the same school attended by comic actors David Baddiel and Sacha Baron Cohen. He went on to study drama in the Faculty of Arts 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 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.
He lives with Australian actress Rebel Wilson and is an avid supporter of Arsenal F.C. Lucas admitted, when a guest on The Rob Brydon Show, that he does not drive because of his tendency to daydream.
Lucas is gay and has said he first had an inkling as such at the age of seven. In December 2006, Lucas entered into a civil partnership with Kevin McGee, in a lavish 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, ending what was a six-year relationship and becoming the first high-profile civil partnership dissolution in Britain.