Comedian Matt Lucas was in Abingdon today to sign copies of his new children's book.

He made a tea-time visit to Mostly Books in Stert Street to meet his fans and sign copies of The Boy who Slept Through Christmas.

Mr Lucas has followed in the footsteps of his former Little Britain partner David Walliams by writing a children's story.

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He told the Oxford Mail: "It's been a very busy day."

Before arriving at the bookshop the comedian had been due to speak to pupils at Larkmead School in Faringdon Road.

Oxford Mail: Matt Lucas at Mostly Books

A spokesperson for the school said earlier: “We are looking forward to hosting Matt Lucas to celebrate his new festive book ‘The Boy who Slept Through Christmas’ along with primary pupils from across Abingdon.”

The 49-year-old is known for his various film roles in Alice in Wonderland, Bridesmaids and Shaun of the Dead, along with playing characters in Little Britain and featuring as a host on Great British Bake Off.

Mr Lucas announced his exit from Bake Off in December last year, after three series co-hosting with Noel Fielding.

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The popular comedian was replaced by TV presenter Alison Hammond after announcing that he was stepping down from his role on the show.

Oxford Mail: Matt Lucas at Mostly BooksHe said at the time he was leaving because he could no longer commit to the programme’s schedule alongside his other projects.

In 2011 fans of David Walliams got the chance to see him when he swam the Thames in parts of Oxfordshire to raise funds for Sport Relief.

In January Mr Lucas revealed he and David Walliams are “brainstorming” a new show after the comedy partnership “quit” their long-standing TV commitments.

The pair found fame on sketch comedy shows Little Britain and Come Fly With Me, both of which they co-wrote and starred in.

Oxford Mail: Matt Lucas with David Walliams

Speaking on the The Zoe Ball Breakfast Show on Radio 2, Mr Lucas said at the time: “So me and David Walliams have started writing together again, we just thought, it’s time, it’s time.

“So we’ve sort of quit our jobs and decided to do that.”

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