David Walliams pays tribute to TV pals

David Walliams has thanked TV stars Jimmy Carr, Miranda Hart and Rob Brydon for keeping him entertained during his gruelling Thames swim last year

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David Walliams

David Walliams

David Walliams has paid tribute to TV stars Jimmy Carr, Miranda Hart and Rob Brydon for helping him complete his gruelling Thames swim.

The 'Britain's Got Talent' judge spent eight days swimming the London river last year and revealed his TV pals were a welcome distraction from the difficult experience which left him with signs of hypothermia and a parasite called Giardia.

He told The Sun newspaper: "I won't forget being kept sane and entertained by the likes of Jimmy Carr, Miranda Hart and Rob Brydon (who had me in stitches with his matchless and almost legendary Ronnie Corbett impressions).

"Bumping into Michael Parkinson in his beautiful little boat was great too."

David was also surprised by a labrador who jumped into the river and even had to help the pooch out of the water when he ran into difficulties.

He said: "Saving Vinny, a labrador puppy who'd jumped into the river to greet me, certainly wasn't part of the plan, but it was a welcome distraction and it seemed fitting somehow that, during an adventure that felt so British, a four-legged friend should get in on the act."

However, David - who is married to model Lara Stone - admitted it was the British public who really helped him finish his arduous task.

He said: "What makes me most proud is the way in which the British public supported the swim from start to finish and beyond. Without them it would have just been a very long, dull and meaningless front crawl.

"Men, women and children were out in force to line the river banks in all weathers to cheer me on.

"When I finally made it to Westminster and was told I'd raised more than £1 million for Sports Relief, I could have cried."

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