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.
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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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
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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.
A documentary movie, following the life of David Brent twelve years later, has been given the go ahead.
Ricky Gervais helped revolutionise British comedy at the turn of the millennium with ‘The Office’, which ended with a Christmas special in 2003. More than a decade later, however, David Brent is finally making a comeback with the news that a spin-off movie has received funding.
Entitled Life On The Road, the project has been given the green light by BBC Films and Canadian independent company Entertainment One, and will catch up the life of the incompetent former Slough branch manager of paper company Wernham-Hogg.
Ricky Gervais will reprise David Brent in 'The Office' spin-off movie
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A Little Girl's Mother has high expectations of her daughter, given her own career success, and thus takes it upon herself to plan out her entire life, complete with a rigorous study and exercise schedule. The Little Girl agrees to knuckle down at first, but soon finds herself distracted by her peculiar elderly neighbour, The Aviator, who wishes to tell her the story of his encounter with The Little Prince - an other worldly being who lived on an astronaut before landing in the middle of a desert on Earth. The Little Girl is fascinated by the tale, and starts to understand what the most important things are in life, such as friendship. She starts to lament the idea of growing up and the idea of forgetting the significant things she understands as a child; that only the heart can give her a true vision in life.
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Gervais' movie stars Eric Bana as a New York radio journalist.
Netflix has purchased the rights to Special Correspondents, a satirical movie written and directed by Ricky Gervais and starring Eric Bana. It's the latest big name comedy acquisition from the streaming service, which already boasts the likes of Judd Apatow and Adam Sandler on its roster.
Ricky Gervais has written and directed Special Correspondents
In Special Correspondents, Bana plays a struggling New York-based radio journalist whose arrogance and lavish lifestyle has hindered his career. When his job is on the line, he begins recording fake front line reports from the comfort of his hideout above a Spanish restaurant in Manhattan. The movie was first touted around in October while Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions bought a package of overseas rights.
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Streaming giant Netflix expands its original programming budget still further with a deal for the British comedian's new film 'Special Correspondents'.
Netflix has expanded its prestige by announcing that it has struck deal securing exclusive rights for the premiere of the forthcoming Ricky Gervais comedy movie Special Correspondents. The streaming giant will unveil the film for its worldwide debut next year, according to Deadline.
Special Correspondents is an original comedy that co-stars Eric Bana. Its plot concerns a young, struggling New York radio journalist who pretends that he’s a war reporter on the front line of a foreign conflict, while in reality hiding in an apartment above a Spanish restaurant in Manhattan.
Ricky Gervais has struck a deal with Netflix giving them exclusive rights over his new film
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If there's one place were Owen Wilson feels at home, it's the 'Night At The Museum' set.
It's probably true when it comes to most family comedies that being involved is less stressful than a more serious drama, but Owen Wilson feels that doesn't ring more true than on the set of 'Night Of The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb'.
There may be a lot of chaos what with wild animals and cavemen running loose in London, but 'Night At The Museum' is a set that star Owen Wilson, who plays miniature cowboy Jedediah in the franchise, feels right at home on - mainly because of the stellar cast he has surrounding him. 'Working with Ben Stiller... we've worked together on a lot of things and for me it's just very familiar and very comfortable', he explains. 'And then Steve Coogan and Ben Stiller, that's who my scenes are usually always with... those guys just made me laugh.'
The Interview's release is indefinitely cancelled, as the Night at the Museum 3 cast holds premieres in New York and London, and James Bond hits the Thames as filming begins on Spectre. There are also new trailers for Sean Penn's The Gunman, the Divergent sequel Insurgent and a new Thomas Hardy adaptation...
The big movie news this week has been Sony's decision to cancel the release of the James Franco/Seth Rogen comedy The Interview due to threats made by a hacking group. The film had already held its Los Angeles premiere, attended by Franco and Rogen, costar Diana Bang and cowriter-director Evan Goldberg, who were photographed on the red carpet. But the New York premiere was cancelled, as was all press and any plans for a theatrical or home video release.
Date of birth
25th June, 1961