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Ricky Gervais

Ricky Gervais

Known For: Acting · Birthday: 1961-06-25

39 Movies · 22 TV Series

Biography

Ricky Dene Gervais ( jər-VAYZ; born 25 June 1961) is an English comedian, actor, writer, producer, and director. He is best known for co-creating, writing, and acting in the British television series The Office (2001–2003). He has won seven BAFTA Awards, five British Comedy Awards, two Emmy Awards, a Golden Globe Award, and the Rose d'Or twice (2006 and 2019), as well as a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination. In 2007, he was placed at No. 11 on Channel 4's 100 Greatest Stand-Ups and at No. 3 on the updated 2010 list. In 2010, he was named on the Time 100 list of the world's most influential people.Gervais initially worked in the music industry, attempting a career as a pop star in the 1980s as the singer of the new-wave act Seona Dancing and working as the manager of the then unknown band Suede before turning to comedy. Gervais appeared on The 11 O'Clock Show on Channel 4 between 1998 and 2000, garnering a reputation as a blunt and often controversial social critic. In 2000, he was given a Channel 4 spoof talk show, Meet Ricky Gervais. He achieved greater mainstream fame the following year with his BBC television mock documentary series The Office. It was followed by Extras in 2005. He co-wrote and co-directed both programmes with Stephen Merchant. In addition to writing and directing the shows, he played the lead roles of David Brent in The Office and Andy Millman in Extras. He starred in 2016 comedy film David Brent: Life on the Road, which he also wrote and directed.Gervais began his stand-up career in the late 1990s. He has performed five multi-national stand-up comedy tours, and he wrote the Flanimals book series. Gervais, Merchant, and Karl Pilkington created the podcast The Ricky Gervais Show, which has spawned various spin-offs starring Pilkington and produced by Gervais and Merchant. Gervais has also starred in the Hollywood films Ghost Town, the Night at the Museum trilogy, For Your Consideration, and Muppets Most Wanted. He wrote, directed, and starred in The Invention of Lying and the Netflix-released Special Correspondents. He hosted the Golden Globe Awards in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2016, and again in 2020. Gervais also appears on the game show Child Support. Currently, Gervais is credited as the creator, executive producer, director, and writer for the Netflix comedy series After Life, where he plays the lead role of Tony Johnson.

Personal Life

Gervais lives between Hampstead, London and Marlow, Buckinghamshire. He also has an apartment in the Barbizon 63 building in New York City. He has been in a relationship with producer and author Jane Fallon since 1982, and says they chose not to marry because "there's no point in us having an actual ceremony before the eyes of God because there is no God" or have children because they "didn't fancy dedicating 16 years of [their] lives [...] and there are too many children, of course".Gervais is a staunch supporter of gay rights and has praised the introduction of same-sex marriage in England and Wales as "a victory for all of us" and stated "anything that promotes equality, promotes progress". He added, "You can't take equality 'too far'."He is a vegetarian, an atheist and a humanist, and states that he abandoned religion at the age of eight. In December 2010, he wrote an editorial for The Wall Street Journal defending his atheism. He is an honorary associate of the UK's National Secular Society, and a patron of Humanists UK, a British charity which promotes the humanist worldview and campaigns for a secular state and on human rights issues. On 3 September 2019, Gervais was awarded the 2019 Richard Dawkins Award. The award recognizes individuals who proclaim "the values of secularism and rationalism, upholding scientific truths wherever it may lead." Gervais received the award during a Center for Inquiry-sponsored award ceremony at London's Troxy Theatre. Dawkins praised Gervais for being a "witty hero of atheism and reason."Gervais is a fan of the UFC. He is a music fan and has stated that his hero is David Bowie, with his favourite song being "Letter to Hermione". He has also stated that his first experience of a live music gig was watching Iggy Pop. In 2013, he wrote that Lou Reed was "one of the greatest artists of our time" following Reed's death.In June 2017, Gervais endorsed Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn in the 2017 general election. He tweeted, "OK. I'm not telling you how to vote, but this is a fact. The only vote that will keep Theresa May out is a vote for Jeremy Corbyn. Cheers."

Early Life

Ricky Dene Gervais was born on 25 June 1961 at Battle Hospital in Reading, Berkshire. He was raised in the Whitley suburb of Reading, along with brother Larry, sister Marsha, and brother Robert. His father, Lawrence Raymond "Jerry" Gervais (1919–2002), a French-Canadian from Pain Court, Ontario, emigrated to the UK whilst on foreign duty during the Second World War and worked as a labourer and hod carrier. He met Gervais' English mother, Eva Sophia (née House; 1925–2000), during a blackout, and they settled in Whitley. She died aged 74 of lung cancer.Gervais attended Whitley Park Infants and Junior Schools, and received his secondary education at Ashmead Comprehensive School; after a gap year which he spent working as a gardener at the University of Reading, he moved on to University College London (UCL) in 1980. He intended to study biology but changed to philosophy after two weeks, and was awarded upper second-class honours degree in the subject from University of London in 1983. During his time at UCL, he met Jane Fallon, with whom he has been in a relationship since 1982.

Movies & TV Series

2010.

5 Movies · 2 TV Series
TV
The Ricky Gervais Show

The Ricky Gervais Show

2010
The Ricky Gervais Show is an American cartoon series produced for and broadcast by HBO and Channel 4. The series is an animated version of the popular British audio podcasts and audiobooks of the same...
This Side of the Truth, A Truly 'Honest' Making of The Invention of Lying

This Side of the Truth, A Truly 'Honest' Making of The Invention of Lying

2010
The cast share their thoughts on Gervais, his laugh, and the art of "corpsing," when Gervais can't keep a scene together before laughing. A longer reel of corpsing and outtakes follows
Meet Karl Pilkington II

Meet Karl Pilkington II

2010
Ricky Gervais introduces his round headed and outrageously funny friend to the world on the set of The Invention of Lying (2010)
TV
An Idiot Abroad

An Idiot Abroad

7
2010
An Idiot Abroad is a British travel documentary television series broadcast on Sky1 and Science, as well as spin-off books published by Canongate Books, created by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant a...
Ricky Gervais Live 4: Science

Ricky Gervais Live 4: Science

2010
Ricky Gervais Live IV Science or the way things worked before we invented God. The hilarious fourth live smash hit stand up show from Ricky Gervais, following his complete sell out tour - filmed live ...
Ricky Gervais: Out of England 2

Ricky Gervais: Out of England 2

2010
Following the complete sell out of his UK tour, multi-award-winning writer/comedian Ricky Gervais brought his new stand up show Ricky Gervais Live: Out of England 2 to Los Angeles. Performing Sunday n...
Cemetery Junction

Cemetery Junction

6
2010
In 1970s England, three blue-collar friends spend their days joking, drinking, fighting and chasing girls. Freddie wants to leave their working-class world but cool, charismatic Bruce and lovable lose...
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