Ricky Gervais

Biography

Ricky Gervais (born 25.6.1961)

Ricky Gervais is an English comedian, actor and scriptwriter.

Ricky Gervais: Childhood

Ricky Gervais was born in Reading, Berkshire, to Jerry and Eva Gervais. He has two brothers, Larry and Bob and a sister, Marsha.

In the past, Gervais has compared his family upbringing to The Waltons and has said that the family members made fun of each other regularly.

After leaving Ashmead School, Gervais attended University College London, studying Biology and then Philosophy. It was at UCL that he met his future wife, Jane Fallon, the TV producer and screenwriter.

Ricky Gervais: Musical Career

In 1983, Ricky Gervais and Bill Macrae formed the pop band Seona Dancing. They signed to London Records and released two singles. 'More To Lose' and 'Bitter Heart' both failed to set the world alight and the band's career ended promptly.

Ricky Gervais: Radio Career

Gervais landed a job at Xfm London as 'head of speech'. When he looked for an assistant, the first CV that was given to him was that of Stephen Merchant, who he hired after conducting a job interview in the local pub. When Xfm was bought by Capital Radio, Gervais was made redundant.

Gervais and Merchant went on to contribute sketches for Radio 1's The Breezeblock show from 1999-2000.

In 2001, the pair returned to Xfm to present a Saturday morning show, along with Karl Pilkington. In 2005, The Guardian offered 12 free weekly podcasts, hosted by Gervais, Merchant and Pilkington. The unexpected success of the podcasts saw them fast become the most popular podcast in the world and achieved a spot in the Guinness World Record list as the world's most downloaded podcast.

Ricky Gervais: Television Career

Ricky Gervais' mainstream television debut came when his show Golden Years was broadcast as part of Channel 4's 'Comedy Lab' series in 1998. He then landed a regular slot on The 11 O'clock Show, replacing the section filled by Ali G.

Gervais went on to present a comedy chat show entitled Meet Ricky Gervais but the series flopped and even Gervais himself laughs about its poor quality.

Ricky has written for a number of TV sitcoms, including Simon Pegg's Spaced and The Jim Tavare Show. In 2006, he became the only British comedian to have written and starred in an episode of The Simpsons.

Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant worked together on the highly successful spoof docu-soap The Office. Screened by the BBC, the series also starred Martin Freeman, Lucy Davis and Mackenzie Crook. The popularity of the series was noted by American comedy writers who bought the rights to the script and created their own version, with Steve Carrell playing the David Brent character.

Gervais continued the success of The Office and went on to make Extras, a sitcom based on the experience of actors working as background extras. The series featured a number of high profile star guests, including Kate Winslet, Vinnie Jones, Samuel L. Jackson, Orlando Bloom, Sir Ian McKellan and Stephen Fry. A 2007 Christmas Special starred Clive Owen, George Michael, Jonathan Ross and Gordon Ramsey. The show won a Golden Globe for Best Television Series - Musical or Comedy in 2008.

Ricky Gervais: Stand-up Comedy

Gervais has performed a number of highly successful stand-up tours, focusing on a different subject on each tour. His first tour was with the show Animals, in 2003, followed the next year by Politics. In 2007, he toured the show Fame, which sold out within 45 minutes of the tickets going on sale.

Ricky Gervais: Author

In 2004, Ricky Gervais published a children's book entitled Flanimals, in which he created a number of fictional animal characters. The book was hugely successful and he followed it up with More Flanimals, Flanimals of the Deep and Day of the Bletching.

In 2006, a book entitled The World of Karl Pilkington was released, featuring extracts of conversation between Karl Pilkington, Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant.

Ricky Gervais: Film Career

Gervais has appeared in a number of roles, in films such as The Night at the Museum, starring Ben Stiller and the cartoon Valiant, which also featured the voice of Ewan McGregor.

In 2008, Gervais took on his first major starring role in Ghost Town, which was released, to a mixed reception, in 2008.

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24th April 2014 -

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Ricky Gervais reintroduced care worker Derek Noakes on Wednesday night (April 23) for a second season of his latest comedy. The show was heavily criticised during season one, with some indignation focusing on Gervais' apparent...

Ricky Gervais Considering Uncharted Territory: A Third Series of 'Derek'

23rd April 2014 -

 News

Ricky Gervais isn’t a third series kind of guy. ‘The Office’ wrapped up in two seasons followed by a 2-part Christmas special. ‘Extras’ was much the same. ‘Derek’, though, Gervais’ less critically acclaimed but equally...

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17th April 2014 -

 News

Ricky Gervais is not only currently gearing up for the return of his lovable retirement home worker in sitcom Derek, but is also looking forward to bringing back his legendary character, David Brent, from The...

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17th April 2014 -

 News

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16th April 2014 -

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The Office was one of The BBC’s greatest critical successes, thrusting the show’s creator, Ricky Gervias, onto worldwide notoriety. David Brent’s mannerisms and sound-bytes have reached icon status.Are we going to be more than learning...

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28th March 2014 -

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With their new movie taking global cinemas by storm, the Muppets have been out on the press trail chatting to journalists and keeping them laughing. When asked about the experience of shooting this action-comedy-musical sequel,...

Muppets Most Wanted

28th March 2014 -

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Where the 2011 reboot felt effortless in the way it recaptured that warmly anarchic Muppets humour, this sequel feels like it's working every step of the way. Yes, it's riotously silly and occasionally hilarious, but...

Ricky Gervais Reveals Even More David Brent Comeback Plans

24th March 2014 -

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He’s proving to be one of the U.K’s most enduring characters, is David Brent. And now Ricky Gervais has revealed plans for the erstwhile Wernham Hogg manager to make an on-screen return in the form...

"Muppets: Most Wanted" Isn't Just For Kids, Apparently

22nd March 2014 -

 News

For a kids’ movie, The Muppets: Most Wanted has more than its fair share of decidedly adult jokes. Of course, it’s no surprise that a film starring top tier comedians like Ricky Gervais and Tina...

'The Muppets Most Wanted': On The Road Again

21st March 2014 -

 News

After the surprise success of The Muppets in 2011, first-time British director James Bobin knew making a sequel would present a big challenge. "I thought we needed to make it harder," he says. "So that's...

After a Shaky Start, 'Muppets Most Wanted' Strikes a Chord With The Critics

20th March 2014 -

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It must be difficult to follow 2011’s The Muppets, featuring Amy Adams and Jason Segal in a musical that delighted critics and fans alike. And Muppets Most Wanted certainly fell victim to that pressure early...

Action, Romance, Crime - 'The Muppets: Most Wanted' Might Just Have It All

19th March 2014 -

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Muppets: Most Wanted is out in the US on Friday, so it might be time to talk about some of Kermit, Miss Piggy, Gonzo and the rest of the gang’s latest adventures. In Muppets: Most...

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14th March 2014 -

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Two new films held their premieres in Hollywood this week. Muppets Most Wanted's world premiere was attended by stars Tina Fey, Ricky Gervais, Ty Burrell, Kermit and Miss Piggy. Meanwhile, Aaron Paul, Dominic Cooper and...

So Far, The Critics Are Divided On 'Muppets Most Wanted' - Review Roundup

12th March 2014 -

 News

The last outing for The Muppets on the big screen saw Amy Adams and Jason Segal lauded for their all-singing, all-dancing exploits. Most Wanted picks up directly from the 2011 musical, but has it managed...

'Muppets Most Wanted' Soundtrack To Make Mayhem March 24th 2014

12th March 2014 -

 Press

Walt Disney Records' Release to Feature Vocals by Kermit the Frog, Ricky Gervais, Ty Burrell, Tina Fey, Miss Piggy, Josh Groban, Celine Dion and More.The Muppets are back on the big screen with the all-new...

Missed David Brent Live? Don’t Worry - More Dates Have Been Announced?

4th March 2014 -

 News

Did you think you’d never get the chance to see David Brent live in concert every again? Perhaps you thought it was a foregone conclusion… Well, not to worry, because the ex-Slough-based office manager-cum-talented musician...

Muppets Most Wanted

4th March 2014 -

 Video

Kermit and friends are set to go international with the help of their unfortunately named new tour manager Dominic Badguy, with hopes of selling-out major theatres in all the big cities of the world including...

John Oliver, With Gervais Seal of Approval, Hits TVs on HBO in Late April

13th February 2014 -

 News

John Oliver went from working the stand up scene in the U.K to being recommended by Ricky Gervais to U.S giant Jon Stewart. He then hosted The Daily Show in place of Stewart to critical...

Vivienne Westwood Designs Miss Piggy's Wedding Dress, And It's Fabulous

12th February 2014 -

 News

Vivienne Westwood has designed a custom wedding dress of porcine proportions for Miss Piggy. The star of The Muppets will wear the stunning white gown when she finally weds the love of her life, Kermit...

'The Muppets Most Wanted' Takes Muppet Hijinks Global [Trailer + Pictures]

21st November 2013 -

 News

The full length trailer has just been released for The Muppets Most Wanted and boy, it looks like a thrill ride of a movie. The sequel to 2011's hugely successful The Muppets will see the...

The Muppets Most Wanted

21st November 2013 -

 Video

Kermit and friends return, embarking on an extensive world tour that sees them reach all corners of the globe at sell-out theatre shows in the likes of Berlin, Madrid and London. However, things can't be...

He's Back! Ricky Gervais Films Season 2 of Derek in London [Pictures]

4th November 2013 -

 News

Ricky Gervais and his crew have begun filming for the second series of his hit Channel 4 series Derek today. Pictures show the David Brent creator riding a small girls’ bike, while a body double...

Possible David Brent Movie Will Feature Real Departure for Former Paper Merchant

17th October 2013 -

 News

If, and we mean if, David Brent makes his feature debut in a movie, then it won’t be anything to do with the 2-series BBC sitcom that thrust the character into the hallowed ground of...

David Brent Heading on UK Tour with Ex-Razorlight Drummer is SO David Brent

16th October 2013 -

 News

While David Brent and Andy Burrow’s musical union isn’t a joke in and of itself – the pair have known each other since Ricky Gervais met Burrow on Jonathon Ross in 2008 – there’s nothing...

David Brent Lives! Ricky Gervais Live Show Brings Back The Character In Full Force

15th October 2013 -

 News

Ricky Gervais has just completed his first two gigs at London’s Bloomsbury Theatre as alter-ego David Brent. If you’re wondering, the high expectations were completely justified. We saw a much needed glimpse of David Brent...

David Brent & Foregone Conclusion Deliver The Laughs In First Live Show

15th October 2013 -

 News

It's been almost ten years since David Brent was last on our screens, however Ricky Gervais' most celebrated character still has the potential to draw in one helluva crowd. It took only 15 seconds for...

Ricky Gervais To Perform Two London Shows As David Brent Next Month

1st October 2013 -

 News

David Brent is heading on the road with his always-reliable band Foregone Conclusion for two intimate shows in London next month. Brent and Foregone Conclusion will bring 'A Work In Progress' to London's Bloomsbury Theatre...

David Brent Live, Is This Ricky Gervais's Worst Idea Ever?

30th September 2013 -

 News

Having achieved moderate success with the comeback of David Brent, Ricky Gervais has decided to push the envelope even further by putting his seminal creation on the road for live shows.We say moderate because, in...

Novak Djokovic And Ricky Gervais Arrive To Support Novak's Charity Dinner In NY - Part 4

17th September 2013 -

 Footage

Number one tennis champion Novak Djokovic himself and his girlfriend Jelena Ristic were among arrivals at the Novak Djokovic Foundation Benefit Dinner in New York alongside Comedian Ricky Gervais, who is chair of the charity,...

Ricky Gervais Planning 'David Brent' Film Based On YouTube Series

23rd August 2013 -

 News

Ricky Gervais is taking a leaf out of Steve Coogan's book by resurrecting his most famous comic creation for a big screen outing. Following the universal praise and significant success of Alan Partridge's first big...

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