Comedy performer and gay icon whose brilliance for facial expression and ability to embody a character often border on the surreal.
Matt Lucas was born in Paddington, London and grew up in a Jewish household. He has suffered with alopecia since his childhood and lost all his hair when he was just six years old.
Work with Reeves and Mortimer
Matt’s association with Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer began in 1992 and, in 1995, he appeared in The Smell of Reeves and Mortimer.
He went on to star in the duo’s surrealist comedy panel show Shooting Stars and quickly rose to fame as George Dawes, the giant baby, often dressed in an adult-sized romper suit, who would deliver a string of gags, songs or insults before delivering the score, while sitting behind a drum kit. He also appeared on occasion as Marjorie Dawes, George’s mother, a character Matt would reprise for Little Britain.
Work with David Walliams
In 1999, Matt Lucas paired up with David Walliams to create Rock Profile, a comedy show that spoofed famous musicians and musical personalities.
Commercially Lucas’s most successful work, Little Britain began as a radio show on BBC Radio 4 and later became a TV series.
The show comprised sketches involving exaggerated parodies of British people from all walks of life in various situations familiar to the British people. The show was narrated by former Doctor Who star Tom Baker.
The show was a huge ratings success, receiving 9.5 million viewers after moving to BBC One in 2005.
In 2010, Matt played Tweedledee and Tweedledum in Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland and, in the following year lent his voice to the CGI film Gnomeo and Juliet, as well as playing a small role as the roommate of Kristen Wiig in the comedy Bridesmaids.
He 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.
Matt Lucas played Pompidou P Pompidou, a skint aristocrat who lives in a caravan with his butler, in a new comedy series, Pompidou, for BBC Two in 2015.
Although received poorly by the critics, this comedic experiment that contains hardly any real lines–verbal interactions are mostly gibberish–highlights Matt Lucas’s gift for pure comic inflection with the major focus being on facial expression.