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.
David Bowie's turn in Zoolander was a career high point for Ben Stiller.
The late singer, who passed away from cancer in January (16), starred in the 2001 comedy flick as himself, judging Ben's alter ego Derek Zoolander in a runway walk-off between him and rival model Hansel (Owen Wilson).
With the release of Zoolander 2 just a week away, Ben has been remembering how special it was when David said yes to the cameo.
"I'm still shocked that he agreed to do it," he said at the Zoolander 2 premiere in London, reports Britain's Daily Star newspaper. "It was the best cameo ever for us.
Continue reading: Ben Stiller: 'Bowie Cameo Was Career High Point'
Life On The Road will hit cinemas in the summer
Ricky Gervais has taken on many guises in his acting and comedy career but arguably his best alter-ego is one of his first: David Brent. Everyone’s favourite idiot boss propelled Gervais to international stardom and now he’s bringing the beloved character out once more for a feature film: Life On The Road.
Ricky Gervais filming Life On The Road as David Brent
Following Brent and his quest for rock stardom, the film release date has been announced and cult character fans will be able to see Brent on the big screen from August, 19.
Continue reading: David Brent's Film Gets A Release Date
Ya better watch out, Ricky!
Ricky Gervais insisted earlier this week that his jokes about former Olympian Caitlyn Jenner were not meant to be intentionally transphobic, though that still hasn't convinced a lot of people. As for Caitlyn herself, she only has one thing to say about the whole matter: 'I'm going to replace you'.
Caitlyn Jenner hits back at Ricky Gervais
Well, she didn't put it as bluntly, but it was that sort of dignified answer we've come to expect from her. It was only a matter of time before somebody asked her to address the issue, and they did so only four days after the fiasco yesterday (January 14th 2016) during the Television Critics Association's winter press tour which took place in Pasadena, California.
Continue reading: Caitlyn Jenner Hits Back At Ricky Gervais - And Hopes To Replace Him
British Comedian Ricky Gervais Was Convinced David Bowie's Death Was A Hoax As News Of The Tragedy Filtered Through To Golden Globes Attendees In Los Angeles On Sunday Night (10jan16).
The music legend passed away in New York City on Sunday, and the news was confirmed in the early hours of Monday (11Jan16) as guests at the Hollywood awards ceremony were enjoying the afterparties.
Ricky, who hosted the glitzy event, has now revealed he thought the reports of his friend's passing were just the latest celebrity death hoax.
"After the show I saw the tweets and was trying to find out if it were (sic) a hoax - and it wasn't," Ricky tells The Hollywood Reporter.
Continue reading: Ricky Gervais Convinced David Bowie's Death Was A Hoax
Comedian Ricky Gervais Is Fighting Back Against Allegations He Is "Transphobic" After Making A Joke About Caitlyn Jenner As He Hosted Sunday's (10jan16) Golden Globes.
The outspoken Brit opened the Hollywood ceremony with a gag about the retired Olympian, formerly known as Bruce Jenner, who transitioned from male to female last year (15).
Gervais was discussing how much he had changed since he last hosted the Globes in 2012, when he quipped, "Not as much as Bruce Jenner, obviously. Now Caitlyn Jenner, of course."
"What a year she's had!" he continued. "She became a role model for trans people everywhere, showing great bravery in breaking down barriers and destroying stereotypes."
Continue reading: Golden Globes Host Ricky Gervais Defends Caitlyn Jenner Joke
Jamie Lee Curtis Took A Stash Of Presents To The Golden Globes To Hand Out To Friends Who Failed To Win.
The Hollywood veteran attended the ceremony in Los Angeles on Sunday (10Jan16) as she was nominated for Best Actress in a TV Series - Comedy for her role in Scream Queens, but lost out to Rachel Bloom for Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.
She was sitting on a table with stars including Sarah Hay, who was nominated for Best Actress in a Mini-series or TV Movie for Flesh and Bone and lost out on the award to American Horror Story: Hotel's Lady Gaga.
Sarah has now revealed Jamie cheered up her tablemates by handing out little gifts to all the losers.
Continue reading: Jamie Lee Curtis Handed Out Gifts To Golden Globes Losers
The comedian was criticised by some for his material on Sunday night, while hosting the Golden Globes ceremony.
Ricky Gervais has a message for those offended by the jokes he made at the 2016 Golden Globes on Sunday, ‘you have every right to be offended, just don't cry when no one cares.’ The comedian made the comments on twitter after referencing the criticism he’d received over jokes made about Caitlyn Jenner, which some had labelled 'transphobic'.
Ricky Gervais offended plenty as host of the 2016 Golden Globes.
‘Suggesting a joke about Caitlin Jenner is automatically transphobic is like suggesting a joke about Bill Cosby is automatically racist,’ Gervais tweeted. ‘In the future, everyone will be offended by me for 15 minutes,’ he added. ‘You have every right to be offended. Just don't cry when no one cares.’
Ricky Gervais , Jane Fallon - Ricky Gervais departs on a flight from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) with girlfriend Jane Fallon - Los Angeles, California, United States - Monday 11th January 2016
The Revenant And The Martian Were Among The Big Winners At The 2016 Golden Globe Awards On Sunday (10jan16) After Landing The Top Film Honours.
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu earned Best Motion Picture - Drama and Best Director for The Revenant, while Leonardo Dicaprio's portrayal as a 19th century frontiersman who survives a bear attack scored him the Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama accolade.
Sir Ridley Scott's The Martian claimed the titles of Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy and Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy for Matt Damon.
There were also acting accolades for Room's Brie Larson (Best Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama) and Joy's Jennifer Lawrence (Best Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy), while Sylvester Stallone was given a standing ovation as he was named Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture for Rocky spin-off Creed in only his second time at the Golden Globes. He had previously attended the Los Angeles ceremony for the original 1976 Rocky release.
Continue reading: The Revenant & The Martian Top 2016 Golden Globe Awards
Comedian Ricky Gervais Has Donated A Signed Guitar To Raise Money For A Monkey Sanctuary In Ontario, Canada.
The British funnyman, who is a vocal animal rights activist, has given the acoustic instrument, which was used during filming of his upcoming comedy Special Correspondents, to the owners of Story Book Farm Primate Sanctuary.
The owners are auctioning the guitar on eBay.ca and funds raised from the sale will go towards a new enclosure for Darwin, also known as the Ikea Monkey. He hit headlines in 2012 when he was found alone outside an Ikea store in Toronto wearing a shearling coat.
The enclosure will also house Cody and Pugsley, Rhesus macaque monkeys, which are being relocated from a university research labratory this month (Jan16).
Continue reading: Ricky Gervais Donates Guitar To Monkey Sanctuary
Golden Globes Host Ricky Gervais Has No Plans To Stay Sober During The Ceremony On Sunday Night (10jan16), As He'll Need A Little Booze To Get Through The Show.
The British actor and comedian is returning to present the annual awards show for the fourth time, and while he has three previous ceremonies under his belt, he admits he still needs a little alcoholic help to psych himself up to face the world's biggest movie and TV stars and poke fun at them.
"If I didn’t drink I wouldn’t be brave enough to say some of the things I’m going to say,” he confessed to U.S. talk show host Ellen Degeneres, a past Oscars host. "I start (drinking) at a reasonable hour - ya know, I’m not a maniac. Three or four (pm) or something like that."
The 54-year-old was confirmed as Globes host in October (15), agreeing to take back the reins of the show from Saturday Night Live stars Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, who fronted the show from 2013 to 2015.
Continue reading: Ricky Gervais: 'I Need To Drink To Be Brave At Golden Globes'
Ricky Gervais , Eric Bana - The film is a co-production between Bron Studios and Unanimous Entertainment. The producers are Gervais, Unanimous' Chris Coen, Bron's Aaron L. Gilbert, and Manuel Munz. Jason Cloth and Larry Sanisky are executive producers. at Beverly Hills - Los Angeles, California, United States - Wednesday 6th January 2016
Ricky Gervais - Ricky Gervais, starring as David Brent, films a scene from his upcoming film 'Life on the Road'. In this scene David Brent is trying to sell his ablum entitled 'Foregone Conclusion' on the streets of Soho. at Soho - London, United Kingdom - Tuesday 17th November 2015
Date of birth
25th June, 1961
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Have a peaceful night https://t.co/STO6GE334l
@Mattcatdog yeah I was a bit slow with that one. They usually have the cap lock on so it's immediately obvious.
I'm grateful that throughout history brave people mocked beliefs & practices. We wouldn't have things like medicine & freedom otherwise.
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@dannywallace @Baddiel I just think it's good to see her back with Mick.
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@BennyHi81761504 How do I abuse my freedom of speech by saying things? I don't think you quite understand the concept.
@BennyHi81761504 @username0149 That's due to freedom of speech. You don't have to listen. It's wonderful. Enjoy it.
@BennyHi81761504 @lawsond899 They "allow" me to pontificate because I'm allowed to pontificate. Like everyone else I have freedom of speech.
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End of week 7 editing #LifeOnTheRoad. 100 minutes of pure joy. And tragedy. And rock & roll, baby. #BrentsBack https://t.co/lRxXCGa5Wx
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@lawsond899 Yes. And they'll all be the truth when they find them.
Me, discussing science, philosophy and animal welfare with my cat https://t.co/OSLesPtv4T https://t.co/vLjGM5f0YK
Science has one aim. To find the truth.
@nazkhan3 That's exactly what I do. I express myself freely and don't molest anyone. Unlike some priests.