English comedian, screenwriter and actor Matt Lucas, turns 37 today. Born in Paddington London, Matt studied drama at the Faculty of Arts at Bristol University. Says Matt, "I loved all the camp comics of my childhood, Kenneth Williams and Frankie Howerd and John Inman, but school gave me a very bad feeling about being gay and then, when I was about 12 - bang, along came AIDS. I can't think of a single positive thing about being gay at that time." Comedy was to be his eventual saviour; "I finally learned to love myself by dressing up as Geri Halliwell." In 1999, Lucas paired up with David Walliams, who he had already worked with on television, to create Rock Profile, a comedy show that spoofed famous musicians. It was to provide the collaboration and inspiration for his and their best known work, Little Britain, which including the Little Britain USA series ran from 2003 until 2008. Little Britain went on to win numerous awards, spawning large DVD sales and merchandising. Playing heavily on memorable catchphrases, Lucas plays, among many others, four of the most popular characters in the series: the apparently disabled Andy Pipkin, teenage Bristol chav Vicky Pollard, homosexual Daffyd Thomas and insensitive slimming club organiser Marjorie Dawes. Said Matt of the show: "People will love something very much of hate something very much. But the great thing about a sketch show is that if something comes along that you don't like, something else will come along in a minute that hopefully you might like." In May 2007, Lucas was places eight in the list of the UK's 100 most influential gays and lesbians by British newspapers The Independent and The Daily Mail. He's remained busy as an actor since the end of Little Britain, and only last year appeared as both Tweedledee and Tweedledum in Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland.