Matt Lucas wore women's wigs
- Bang Showbiz
- 16 October 2017
Matt Lucas used to wear a woman's wig when he was a child but the false hair piece was "bigger" than his head and made him the brunt of practical jokes at school
Matt Lucas used to wear a woman's wig when he was a child.
The 43-year-old comedian has admitted he became bald when he was only six-years-old and to avoid people talking about his hair loss when he started secondary school he decided to trial a false hair piece, although it was "bigger" than his head because the NHS did not offer any wigs to fit a child.
Speaking about the major moment in his life on 'Loose Women' on Monday (16.10.17), the funny man said: "I lost my hair when I was six, it all just fell out.
"In a weird sort of way I was famous as a kid, everybody in my town knew me and I couldn't get away with anything.
"It fell out over the space of two or three months across one the summer. I'd wake up in the morning and there would be strands of hair on my pillow, but because I was already known as 'Oh that's the kid with no hair'. I thought I wanted to do something with this attention, and that made me become a performer.
"I did wear a wig. When I was 11, I had been bald for five years, and then I was getting ready to go to secondary school, so they thought maybe it would help me fit in if I wear a wig. So I actually got a wig on the National Health. It wasn't great, because they didn't make kids wigs on the National Health, I had a woman's wig, and it was huge. It was bigger than my head. And I had one term left of primary school so I went in on the first day of the last term to wear this wig as practice."
However, the former 'Little Britain' star has admitted the first time he donned the wig made him the brunt of school pranks.
He added: "One of the older boys ran past me, ripped it off my head and threw it in a puddle."
But Matt is not bitter about the moment.
He said: "It was the best thing anyone could have done really."
And Matt has revealed he "didn't realise" baldness ran in his genes, as his late father John also donned a toupee.
Matt explained: "But baldness ran in my family, I didn't realise my own father wore a wig. And when I was about 10 or 11, one evening before going to Hebrew class on a Sunday, he summoned me into the bathroom, shut the door and said 'I've got something to tell you'. And then he started to peel back his wig and said 'I'm like you I've got no hair, but don't tell anyone'. I went into Hebrew classes and went 'My dad wears a wig'. And everyone went: 'We know.'"
But the 'Alice in Wonderland' actor has hinted his hair loss was also due to a car accident he was involved in at the age of four.
He said: "We don't know. Two years earlier, when I was four, I was knocked down by a car on holiday in Portugal, and people always thought it was the shock that made my hair fall out. But there are all these other medical theories."