Television star and comedian David Walliams is no one-trick pony. Having starred in a number of movies, reality shows and TV series—in particular "Little Britain"—the one field Walliams never thought he'd get into has now made him a huge hit among young literary fanatics.
"I never really wanted to be a writer. I really just wanted to be on television doing comedy," Walliams told CNBC's Tania Bryer.
"(However,) when I was a child I realized that a lot of the comedians that I admired wrote their own material and I sort of understood that, that was a big part of it."
"So I suppose I became a writer so I could be a comedian and then I started to realize that, for me, the writing seemed more creative than the performing. Because you're starting with a blank page and really the only limit's your imagination."
In 2008, Walliams made his debut as a children's author, publishing his first children's book "The Boy in the Dress" which tackled the subject of cross-dressing. While society was "probably less sympathetic to that kind of idea" almost a decade ago, Walliams added that the book was well-received by the public and it put him on the path to write more.
And Walliams talent hasn't gone unnoticed. In 2014, the comedian was seen as one of the U.K.'s best-selling children's authors after generating over £7 million ($8.6 million) from sales of his books during that year, media outlets reported at the time citing figures by The Bookseller.