Matt Lucas — things you didn't know about the comedian and presenter

Matt Lucas
Matt has become a firm favourite with The Great British Bake Off fans. (Image credit: Getty)

While Matt Lucas rose to fame for his hilarious comedy sketch shows like Little Britain and Come Fly With Me alongside writing partner David Walliams, he has since cemented himself as a serious actor and TV presenter.

He joined The Great British Bake Off team in 2020, presenting alongside Noel Fielding as amateur bakers try to impress judges Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith with their baking skills.

Most fans of the presenter might know that he played Nardole in Doctor Who, he has got an autobiography titled Little Me and he has also has appeared in numerous West End plays and musicals, as well as Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland where he played Tweedledum and Tweedledee.

Now, with The Great British Bake Off 2022 here, what else is there to know about TV star Matt Lucas?

1. Matt rose to fame by playing a giant baby

In the mid-90s Matt appeared in the comedy gameshow Shooting Stars with Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer. He played the role of George Dawes, who would reveal the team scores while dressed a giant baby in a romper suit and playing the drums!

2. Matt had some very famous school friends

When he was a teenager Matt attended the Haberdashers Aske's Boys School in Borehamwood. Also at the school at the same time were David Baddiel and Sacha Baron Cohen. Matt later went on to study at the University of Bristol, before joining the national Youth Theatre where he met David Walliams.

3. He lost his hair at just six years old

Matt revealed in his autobiography, Little Me, that alopecia caused his hair to fall out in 1980, when he was at infant school. According to Matt it was during the summer holidays that he started to lose his hair... "I wasn't initially concerned. At four my hair had been blonde and curly, but at five it was a big brown pudding bowl and I loathed it." 

However, Matt soon found that his hair loss helped people remember him and says being bald has helped his career.

4. He used to have a very famous housemate

After meeting Rebel Wilson while filming Bridesmaids in 2011, Matt became good friends with the actress and the pair lived together in West Hollywood between 2012 and 2015.

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5. Little Britain is his biggest success 

Little Britain Matt Lucas and David Walliams

Matt and David had huge success with comedy sketch show Little Britain (Picture: Getty) (Image credit: Getty)

Little Britain started off as a BBC Radio 4 sketch show, but later became a comedy sketch show which Matt wrote with David Walliams. The pair also played most of the characters in the series including Vicky Pollard, Daffyd Thomas, and insensitive slimming club organiser, Marjorie Dawes.

6. He raised more than £1 million for charity by singing about a potato

In April 2020 at the height of the coronavirus pandemic, Matt spent his spare time in lockdown rewriting the Baked Potato Song from Shooting Stars. The new song, called Thank You Baked Potato became an instant hit with all proceeds from sales going to Feed NHS, a charity that provided meals for NHS workers during lockdown. Matt not only got many of his famous friends to make covers of the song, but he also wrote a children's picture book based on the baked potato song.

7. Matt moved to California after personal tragedy

In 2012 Matt decided to leave the UK and move to California after his former husband, Kevin McGee, took his own life in 2009. He told Sunday Times Magazine: "I think people respond in different ways to grief. I wanted to build a new life. The first thing they say when something terrible has happened is not to do anything radical. But enough time had gone by for me to think now is the time for me to move on. I thought I had to go somewhere warm, so I went to California."

Matt Lucas' Fact File 

Answers to the most frequently asked questions about the presenter...

How old is Matt Lucas?

Matt Lucas' age is 48, he was born on 5th March 1974.

Does Matt Lucas have kids?

Matt Lucas doesn't have any children.

Where was Matt Lucas born?

Matt Lucas was born in Paddington, London.

How tall is Matt Lucas?

Matt Lucas is 1.69 metres tall.

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Claire Crick
Assistant Managing Editor at What To Watch

Claire is Assistant Managing Editor at What To Watch and has been a journalist for over 15 years, writing about everything from soaps and TV to beauty, entertainment, and even the Royal Family. After starting her career at a soap magazine, she ended up staying for 13 years, and over that time she’s pulled pints in the Rovers Return, sung karaoke in the Emmerdale village hall, taken a stroll around Albert Square, and visited Summer Bay Surf Club in sunny Australia. 

After learning some tricks of the trade at websites Digital Spy, Entertainment Daily, and Woman & Home, Claire landed a role at What’s On TV and writing about all things TV and film, with a particular love for Aussie soaps, Strictly Come Dancing and Bake Off

She’s interviewed everyone from June Brown — AKA Dot Cotton — to Michelle Keegan, swapped cooking tips with baking legend Mary Berry backstage at the NTAs, and danced the night away with soap stars at countless awards bashes. There’s not a lot she doesn’t know about soaps and TV and can be very handy when a soapy question comes up in a pub quiz! 

As well as all things soap-related, Claire also loves running, spa breaks, days out with her kids, and getting lost in a good book.