Q&A: Matt Lucas talks Little Britain, Doctor Who, comedy heroes and his new autobiography 'Little Me: My Life from A-Z' ahead of Ely Cathedral event
PUBLISHED: 07:00 04 October 2017 | UPDATED: 11:59 05 October 2017
Starting his comedy career as a score-keeping baby in Reeves and Mortimer's Shooting Stars before bringing 'Little Britain' to life with David Walliams, Matt Lucas has become one of the most familiar and best-loved faces on television.
Starting his comedy career as a score-keeping baby in Reeves and Mortimer’s Shooting Stars before bringing ‘Little Britain’ to life with David Walliams, Matt Lucas has become one of the most familiar and best-loved faces on television.
He’s played an array of characters on both stage and screen including, currently, The Doctor’s companion Nardole, an alien from the 54th Century. On Tuesday October 10 he’ll be at Ely Cathedral (8pm start) thanks to hosts Topping Booksellers, talking about his hilarious, heart-warming and moving autobiography ‘Little Me: My Life from A-Z’...
1. Little Me is your first autobiography. What made you decide to write now and what inspired the A-Z format?
I decided it was time to upload some things out of my head and free up some space. I didn’t want to write a conventional autobiography, because I knew I wanted to steer clear of some things and obsess over others. This format allows me to do that.
2. How important were your schooldays in encouraging your love of theatre and what is your happiest memory from school?
The school plays were my escape, and also in school holidays my mum and grandma would take me to the West End to see shows. There was nothing more thrilling than when the lights went down and the overture began.
3. Who are your comedy heroes and why?
Laurel & Hardy and Reeves and Mortimer. Perfect chemistry. Like brothers. Destined to be together.
4. You did your time on the comedy circuit before success with Shooting Stars and Little Britain. Do you have any advice for young comedians starting out?
Yes, record every gig on your phone and listen to it on the way home. It’s never as bad (or as good) as you thought.
5. Little Britain was such a defining moment in British comedy. Are there any characters you regret or ones you’d love to recreate and work on again?
There are some I like more than others, and certainly some I wouldn’t do now, but few I regret. It was a show of its time. I would love to play Marjorie again but I think things are different now and it would be considered fat-shaming. You have to move with the times.
6. You’ve created and played so many legendary characters. Do you have a favourite and if not, who is in your top five list to play?
Probably Marjorie, Andy Pipkin, maybe Taaj from Come Fly With Me. I used to enjoy playing Gary Barlow. My favourite is Pompidou.
7. You are much loved by Doctor Who fans. What do you love about Nardole?
I liked playing Nardole, because, let’s face it, how often do you get to play a hybrid of alien, robot and human? He’s a one-off.
For more information and tickets visit www.toppingbooks.co.uk/events/ely/matt-lucas/