David Walliams and Stephen Hawking unite as Little Britain returns for Comic Relief special

The physics professor will replace Matt Lucas' character Andy

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His life has been turned into an Oscar-winning film, and now Stephen Hawking is set to make his own debut on the small screen.

The theoretical physicist will feature in a Little Britain Comic Relief special alongside David Walliams, who will reprise his role as the bumbling Lou.

Hawking looks set to star as himself in his motorised wheelchair, replacing Matt Lucas’ character Andy.

It is not thought Lucas will take part in the sketch, but it has yet to be confirmed whether he will appear or not.

In January, Walliams was seen filming the Comic Relief sketch with Catherine Tate at St John's College, Cambridge, who was dressed as a nun for the skit.

The award-winning comedy Little Britain ran for four series between 2003 and 2006.  Walliams last reprised his role as Lou for the Pride of Britain Awards in 2009.

Hawking’s life was brought to life on the big screen earlier this year in The Theory of Everything, which saw Eddie Redmayne win an Oscar and Bafta for his portrayal of the physics professor.

Comic Relief airs on BBC1 on Friday 13 March and will be broadcast from the London Palladium for the first time.

Claudia Winkleman, Davina McCall and Lenny Henry are presenting, while Dawn French, Mr Bean and Dermot O’Leary are also on board for the comedy show.

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