Walliams: School inspired me to act
David Walliams has credited his former teacher with launching his acting career by casting him as the queen in his school play when he was just 11.
The 41-year-old actor and Britain's Got Talent judge played Queen Henrietta Maria, wife of King Charles I, on stage at Collingwood Boys' School.
David told the TV Times: "For me it was a real 'Eureka!' thing. Quite unexpectedly I got laughs. I suddenly felt I was on some kind of road that I wasn't aware of before.
"I was definitely thinking, 'Oh right, that's what I want to do. I want to get on the stage again.'
"The English teacher who asked me to be in the play probably saw me acting up in his English lesson and thought, 'Oh yes, he's got a little spark of the performer about him'."
He went on: "I feel grateful because you never know whether you'll find your path and I was definitely shown it.
"I had this lightning bolt moment aged 11 and that really sent me on my way."
The comedian recalls his debut role in ITV's Snapshot In Time on Thursday June 6 2013.