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Comedian Matt Lucas, 44, chats TV, theatre and being a night owl

Fabulous gets the low-down with Matt Lucas on his LA life - which involves not climbing out of bed until 10am

MID-MORNING is a glorious time to wake up.

I’m a night owl, so I need a lie-in, and usually won’t climb out of bed until 10am.

 Matt Lucas says he's a night owl whose day doesn't start until 10am
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Matt Lucas says he's a night owl whose day doesn't start until 10am

Now I’m living in LA, I spend the first hour speeding through emails in bed before having breakfast.

Back in the UK when I was on the set of Doctor Who or Paddington, I’d often have to be up at the crack of dawn, but I love acting and I’m lucky to be offered these brilliant roles.

I’m a huge procrastinator. Recently, a lot of my time has been taken up writing my book, but I am awful at getting distracted.

I’ll start ruminating on something completely different or I might decide to have a bath in the middle of the day.

Working at home is handy because I don’t have to travel, but it’s a nightmare when you’re trying to focus.

David Walliams and I always used to write together at home when we were working on Little Britain and Come Fly With Me. It’s good to get inspiration from the real world around you.

 Matt said a lot of his time is now taken up by writing his book
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Matt said a lot of his time is now taken up by writing his book

I love playing the piano. If I’ve got writer’s block, I’ll clear my head by playing for 15 minutes.

By 4pm, I’ll have had lunch and either made progress with my writing or given up, so I’ll head for a hike up Runyon Canyon with my two Labradors Milo and Hob.

It’s a great place to spot famous people – they always look glorious in their gym kit with their glowing tans.

I just look like a fat bloke wheezing his way up a big hill.

 Matt alongside comedy partner David Walliams in Little Britain
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Matt alongside comedy partner David Walliams in Little Britain

Growing up I watched loads of TV. Now I only tune into the football.

I’m a huge Arsenal fan and have been since I was young, so I have to know the score if they’re playing.

My afternoons are spent meeting friends for a catch-up, then I’ll go out for dinner.

At the moment, I’m trying to eat sensibly and be a bit healthier instead of scoffing chips.

 Matt and David play air hostesses in hilarious Come Fly With Me
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Matt and David play air hostesses in hilarious Come Fly With Me

Theatre is one of my passions. When I was 11 I went to see 42nd Street in the West End.

It’s still my favourite show ever. I watched it again recently and it blows me away. How do all those feet move in unison?

I’m taking tap dancing classes for my next stage show and I’m nowhere near that good, but it’s exciting to learn something new.

I still go to the theatre regularly. I’ve seen most musicals, and recently I saw a seven-hour play at The Young Vic in London, which was fantastic.

Working in the theatre is great fun because there’s a real sense of camaraderie backstage.

You all warm up together and you really feel like you’re part of a group. On TV and film sets, the etiquette is that you stay in your trailer and come out when it’s time to act your bit.

Bedtime isn’t until midnight. I’ll stay up watching nonsense on my iPad for a couple of hours.

I love that anyone with a phone can upload funny videos on the Internet.

I’ll go on a magical journey through YouTube before nodding off in the early hours.

  • Little Me: My Autobiography is out now (£8.99, Canongate).