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Ricky Gervais (born 25.6.1961) Ricky Gervais is an English comedian, actor and scriptwriter.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Grieving couple Suzi and Ryan Gourley attended the Belfast leg of Gervais' 'Humanity' stand-up tour - but walked out over a joke about a dead baby.
Ricky Gervais has defended the nature of “offensive jokes” in the aftermath of the complaints of a grieving couple who walked out of his current stand-up show over a controversial joke about a dead baby.
Ryan and Suzi Gourley attended the Belfast leg of Gervais’ latest stand-up tour, titled ‘Humanity’, on Tuesday night (March 28th) – but it was the first night out they had had since their son Eli was stillborn in July last year. Shocked at the content of one of the former ‘Office’ star’s jokes, whose punchline was about a dead baby, they got up and walked out of the auditorium at Waterfront Hall in the Northern Irish capital.
Ricky Gervais has defended his stand-up routine after a joke about a dead baby caused a grieving couple to walk out
Continue reading: Ricky Gervais Defends Himself Over 'Dead Baby' Joke
But not all TV viewers were happy with the results of the Radio Times’ reader poll.
Radio Times readers have voted ‘Mrs Browns Boys’ the best British sitcom of the 21st century, beating Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant’s ‘The Office’. Over 14,000 votes were cast in the online poll, but many viewers weren't happy with Brendan O’Carroll’s sitcom taking the top spot.
Mrs Browns Boys’ has been voted the best British sitcom of the 21st century
‘Mrs Browns Boys’ has been a ratings winner for the BBC since it began in 2011, but the sitcom has never been a hit with critics. On Twitter users were quick to voice their anger at the poll's result, despite it being decided by a public vote.
Continue reading: 'Mrs Brown's Boys' Named Best British Sitcom Of 21st Century
Gervais is back as David Brent in ‘Life On The Road’ but a lot has changed since he created ‘The Office’.
The always outspoken Ricky Gervais has had his fair share of controversies on Twitter. But the comedian and actor says he’s now at the point where he won’t be explaining himself on social media anymore and if people don’t get one of his tweets they can “f***ing live with it”.
Ricky Gervais is back as David Brent
Speaking to NME about the return of David Brent in Life On The Road, Gervais explained how much social media has change society since we first saw the character. “In The Office, I didn’t have other characters blatantly saying: 'He’s a prat,' like they do in the film,” he said.
Ricky Gervais has a new film coming out and the main focus of the film is his old character from The Office. As we all know, David Brent always thought of himself as a bit of a popstar and now he's willing to go to any lengths to make those dreams come true.
Having written a number of songs over his life time, Lady Gypsy is one that is obviously close to him as the subject matter is incredibly personal. David's set to release an album and tour the UK with his band 'Foregone Conclusion'.
David's band includes a rapper called Dom but Lady Gypsy is one of the songs from their material that does not feature him.
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David Brent's band Foregone Conclusion will be playing two gigs at Hammersmith Apollo on September 8th and 9th, and a new album and video have been revealed.
Ahead of the release of his much-anticipated new comedy movie David Brent: Life On the Road, Ricky Gervais has announced two live dates for the hapless regional manager’s band Foregone Conclusion, who will play back-to-back nights at the Hammersmith Apollo in September.
The dates, on September 8th and 9th, will tie in with the release of the film, which comes out in Britain on August 19th. Written, produced and directed by the British comedian himself, Life On the Road will document David Brent’s attempts to juggle his new career as a travelling salesman with his rock-star aspirations with his old band, Foregone Conclusion.
The movie will reignite the ‘mockumentary’ format that saw ‘The Office’ become a spectacular success over 15 years ago.
Continue reading: Ricky Gervais Announces David Brent Album, Music Video And Live Dates
Ricky Gervais has been named as the host of the Golden Globes Award Ceremony, scheduled to take place in January 2016.
Ricky Gervais is hosting the Golden Globes once again. The news was announced on Monday (26th October) by the Hollywood Press Association, the ceremony’s co-producer, and confirmed by Gervais on social media.
Ricky Gervais with his partner, Jane Fallon, at the 67th Emmy Awards Ceremony in September 2015.
Continue reading: Ricky Gervais Set To Host The Golden Globes For Fourth Time
Ricky Gervais has spoken out about the 80-year-old image in which Queen Elizabeth, then aged 7, was pictured doing a Nazi salute.
Ricky Gervais has defended Queen Elizabeth II after a British tabloid published photographs of the monarch doing a Nazi style salute in 1933, when she was seven years old. Gervais took to Twitter to criticise The Sun for not providing a context for the image, taken from a 17-second home video footage, and further emphasised the Queen’s young age when she was captured doing this now unacceptable gesture.
Ricky Gervais at the Netflix Screening of Derek at the Paley Center in New York.
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Continue reading: Ricky Gervais Defends Queen Elizabeth Over Nazi Salute Image
British period dramas ‘Downton Abbey’ and ‘Wolf Hall’ have each scored three nods at this year’s Emmy Awards.
‘Downton Abbey’ and ‘Wolf Hall’ have led the British nominations at this year's Emmy Awards, with both dramas picking up three nods each. While HBO series ‘Game Of Thrones’ might have dominated this year’s nominations with 24 nods, British stars have also flourished with actors Joanne Froggatt, Emma Thompson and Ricky Gervais among the nominees.
‘Downton Abbey’s’ Joanne Froggatt has picked up an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama
ITV drama ‘Downton Abbey’ received three nominations including Outstanding Drama Series, Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Drama for Jim Carter and Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama for Joanne Froggatt, who plays maid Anna Bates. Froggatt was nominated in the same category last year, but lost out to ‘Breaking Bad’s’ Anna Gunn.
The deal, reported to be worth $30 million, is the biggest single investment in Netflix's history.
Netflix has taken a significant step in its evolution with the biggest movie purchase in its history, announcing that it has acquired distribution rights to Brad Pitt’s forthcoming military comedy movie War Machine, due for release in 2016.
The online streaming giant made the announcement on Monday afternoon (June 8th) that it has secured rights to distribute the movie, which stars Pitt in a fictionalised, satirical re-telling of the story of General Stanley McChrystal, the four-star US general who led American forces in Afghanistan between 2009 and 2010.
Brad Pitt's new film 'War Machine' has been acquired by Netflix for exclusive distribution
Continue reading: Netflix Buys Distribution Rights To Brad Pitt's 'War Machine'
The 'Boardwalk Empire' actress will take a lead role in Ricky Gervais' satirical comedy for the ever-expanding streaming service.
More details have emerged about Ricky Gervais' forthcoming Netflix project Special Correspondents, with the news that Kelly MacDonald, best known as the character Margaret in HBO's 'Boardwalk Empire', will be taking a lead role in the satirical comedy, TheWrap has heard.
Kelly Macdonald will star with Eric Bana in Special Correspondents
The film, which is written and directed by Gervais, will star Eric Bana as Frank, an arrogant New York radio journalist whose decadent lifestyle hasn't exactly complemented his career. With his job on the line, he goes to the extreme lengths of fabricating front-line war reports from the comfort of his own Manhattan home.
Date of birth
25th June, 1961
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