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David Walliams shares touching 'father and son' photo on Twitter

The Britain's Got Talent judge is a father to four-year-old son Alfred

Gemma Strong

David Walliams took to Twitter on Sunday to share an adorable photo of himself with his beloved dog, Bert. The Britain's Got Talent judge received thousands of likes after sharing the sweet snapshot with his fans, which he touchingly captioned: "Father & son." Many fans shared photos of their own dogs with David in the comments section, while other joked about the 'family resemblance', with one writing: "He's got your beard!" A second added: "You can definitely tell you're the father! Two peas!"

David Walliams shared a sweet 'father & son' snap with his dog Bert

In reality, David, 46, is a proud father to son Alfred, who will be five next month, from his marriage to model Lara Stone. The couple were married in May 2010 at London's Claridge's Hotel, and welcomed their only child in May 2013. David filed for divorce from the Dutch model in September 2015. The couple are carefully to keep little Alfred out of the public eye, and have never shared a photo of their son on social media.

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David's own father, meanwhile, sadly passed away in 2008 after battling an aggressive form of liver cancer. The death of Peter Williams, at the age of 71, left David, his sister Julie and mum Kathleen absolutely heartbroken, with a source saying at the time: "David and his sister Julie are devastated - as are all the family. But they have been a rock for Kathleen… They are a loving family and were all together."

David pictured with his parents, Peter and Kathleen, in December 2006

The TV star recently spoke about his father's death, as he opened up about friend Ant McPartlin's recent drink-driving arrest. He told the Mirror: "Ant and Dec are incredibly relatable and recognisable and the hard thing when you're well-known is that when things go awry in your life, it gets played out in public. I remember when my father was dying, I was on the phone to him and people were coming up for selfies. It's hard as they want you to be smiley and happy but you're going through something that’s causing you pain."

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