LITTLE BRITAIN star Matt Lucas and his partner have split 18 months after getting “married” in a civil partnership ceremony.
Lucas and long-term boyfriend Kevin McGee’s civil partnership ceremony was followed by a lavish pantomime-themed reception at a 17th-century palace in December 2006.
A joint statement from legal representatives Mishcon de Reya and Withers LLP said: “It is with sadness that Matt and Kevin announce that their relationship has come to an end. Their separation is amicable.
“They ask the press to respect their privacy at this time and to exercise restraint in any reporting of this matter.”
The pair had been together for three years and were engaged for seven months before their civil ceremony.
Their service took place at Home House, a private members’ club in London, and both wore suits.
But the reception, at Banqueting House in Whitehall, was one of the biggest showbiz events of the year. Lucas, 34, dressed up as Aladdin and TV producer McGee went as Prince Charming.
Guests included Sir Elton John, as Captain Hook, and Courtney Love, as the Queen of Hearts.
Lucas’s Little Britain comedy partner David Walliams attended as a spoof Christopher Biggins.
Other guests included comedian Paul O’Grady, EastEnders actor Steve McFadden and actress Barbara Windsor, as the Fairy Godmother.
Lucas, who made his name with a string of Little Britain catchphrases like ‘the only gay in the village’, said before the ceremony: “We’re going to have a civil partnership, or marriage, or whatever you like to call it.
“We are very much in love, but also it’s important that gay couples have the same rights as straight couples.”
Civil partnership laws enabling same-sex legal unions came into force in December 2005.
The comic and his partner met at a nightclub and shared a £1.5 million (€1.8m) home in north west London.
Lucas first found the limelight as giant drumming baby George Dawes in the Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer TV show Shooting Stars.
Lucas, who lost all his hair at six, began his comedy career at 18, on the London stand-up circuit.
His most famous creation, Little Britain, began life as a Radio 4 series before moving to BBC3 and then BBC1.
Its characters, included Lucas’s chav teenager, “yeah but, no but” Vicky Pollard, Fat Fighter Marjorie Dawes, and his apparently wheelchair-bound Andy.
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