Comedian David Walliams was a chubby outsider at his private school, whose nickname was “Cuthbert”.
In an interview with this week’s Radio Times, Martin Russell, Walliams’ former PE teacher at fee-paying Reigate Grammar School, reveals that Walliams was a “chubby lad” who was called Cuthbert for reasons he does not explain.
In the interview, Walliams agreed that his own sporting achievements at school were limited.
Referring to the annual cross-country runs, Walliams said: “I would always come last or second to last. By the time I got in, all the other kids would have got changed and be waiting for me. They would applaud the fat boys crossing the finish line in a slightly sarcastic way.”
The married performer also refers to his oft-discussed sexuality.
Walliams, who used to walk around his home in a silk kimono as a child, prompting his father to call him Davina, said: “I think it’s all about falling in love with the person and that is overlooked, really. I hate it when people ‘confess’ or ‘reveal’ their sexuality and also things can change for people over the years.
“So it is about the person but I also think it goes beyond that. You don’t just fall in love with someone’s body, do you? You fall in love with someone’s soul and heart and brain.”