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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.



Biography by Contactmusic.com

Eric Bana: 'Ricky Gervais Should Be Banned From Singing'


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The Troy star shared a trailer with the Extras actor during filming of Netflix Originals movie Special Correspondents. And in an interview with British newspaper The Metro, Eric, 47, revealed life on set certainly had its high and low points.

While the Australian actor, born to Croatian-German parents, enjoyed working with Ricky, he didn't much love being subjected to Ricky's musical attempts through the paper thin wall of a very small trailer.

"The best thing was being allowed to have fun at work. The worst thing was sharing a very small trailer with a parted wall," he revealed to Metro.

Continue reading: Eric Bana: 'Ricky Gervais Should Be Banned From Singing'

Ricky Gervais: 'I Want Donald Trump To Be President'


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The Republican candidate is vying for the U.S. presidency and has gone from being a worldwide joke to a serious contender, despite his many, many controversial comments. While some people disagree with his views, Ricky is of the opinion that Trump is a natural comedian, even if he doesn't really know it.

"I can’t get enough of him," Ricky admitted during an interview on Late Night with Seth Meyers on Tuesday (26Apr16). "I started off thinking it was quite funny and then it got a bit serious and now I don’t know whether I want him to get in just for the fun of it or not. I can say that, I don’t live here, so sorry about that!

"I love him and I just want to see a channel of him 24/7 just talking because it’s amazing. I love it. He doesn’t mean to be funny - that’s the beauty of it though."

Continue reading: Ricky Gervais: 'I Want Donald Trump To Be President'

Ricky Gervais Revels In Creating Controversial Jokes


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The 54-year-old comedian is known for his controversial sense of humour and has hit headlines hosting the Golden Globe awards four times, most recently in January (16).

But Ricky insists it's the uncertainty about how his comedy will be taken that makes him love it so much.

"I like that adrenaline rush of not knowing whether it's going to go well or not knowing what you're going to say," Ricky admitted during an interview on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Monday night (25Apr16).

Continue reading: Ricky Gervais Revels In Creating Controversial Jokes

Ricky Gervais Had "No Idea" His Friend David Bowie Was Terminally Ill


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David Bowie kept his illness a closely-guarded secret from the world, his friend Ricky Gervais has said, revealing that he was in contact with the late singer as little as two weeks before the end of his life earlier this year.

The iconic pop star lived with cancer for 18 months before his death on January 10th this year, but he kept his illness private from all but a very small handful of family and those closest to him. His passing came as a huge surprise to virtually the entire world, and prompted a massive outpouring of grief and tributes throughout the music industry and beyond.

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Continue reading: Ricky Gervais Had "No Idea" His Friend David Bowie Was Terminally Ill

Eric Bana Told Off Ricky Gervais For Laughing During Takes


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The Munich actor stars alongside the British funnyman in the upcoming Netflix satirical comedy film, about a radio journalist and his technician who fake their own kidnapping during an uprising in South America, and Eric was worried he would struggle to keep a straight face during the shoot.

However, Eric had no need to worry as his co-star and director was far worse at staying in character during the funny moments, and the 47-year-old even had to have a stern word with Ricky, 54, about getting his act together.

"It's been so long since I've gone to work and been allowed to have a laugh, (where) having fun is actually encouraged, so it was a bit of a shock to the system," Eric told London Live TV. "I was concerned that I was going to get in trouble for laughing but it was kind of the other way around, it was me telling him off to kinda pull it together so we could get through some of the takes."

Continue reading: Eric Bana Told Off Ricky Gervais For Laughing During Takes

Ricky Gervais' Shock Over David Bowie's Death


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The Space Oddity singer died on 10 January (16) aged 69 following a battle with liver cancer. His untimely passing came as a shock to many as Bowie made the decision to keep his illness private, even from his friends.

Gervais was pen pals with Bowie, striking up a correspondence initially following the success of his television show The Office.

And in a new interview, Gervais has revealed he was in touch with Bowie just a fortnight before his death, but had no idea about his health struggles.

Continue reading: Ricky Gervais' Shock Over David Bowie's Death

2016 Tribeca Film Festival - 'Special Correspondents' - Premiere

Eric Bana , Ricky Gervais - 2016 Tribeca Film Festival - 'Special Correspondents' - Premiere - Arrivals at Tribeca Film Festival - New York, New York, United States - Friday 22nd April 2016

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James Corden & Ricky Gervais Lead Tributes To Victoria Wood


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Wood, 62, died peacefully at her London home on Wednesday (20Apr16) after a short battle with cancer, and the stars are paying their respects on social media.

Corden, the host of America's The Late Late Show, tweeted: "I'll always feel incredibly grateful that I got to see Victoria Wood on TV and in theatres. She was so brilliantly talented, what a sad day."

And fellow Brit Gervais added: "RIP the brilliant Victoria Wood. So innovative, funny and down to earth. This has not been a good year."

Continue reading: James Corden & Ricky Gervais Lead Tributes To Victoria Wood

David Brent: Life On The Road Trailer


The UK was introduced to David Brent when the BBC decided to make a real life documentary that looked at the employees of a paper company called Wernham Hogg. Brent was the branch manager and was either loved or loathed by his employees. Since then, every office can identify a character they'd call their own David Brent. It's been 15 years since then and David is just as upbeat as ever. Now a sales rep for a company called Lavichem, the wannabe musician is still keen to pursue his once hobby and tour the UK.

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'David Brent: Life On The Road' Trailer Released


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The first trailer for Ricky Gervais’ spin-off movie from ‘The Office’, in which he re-adopts his iconic David Brent character for the first time in over a decade, has been released.

The 54 year old himself tweeted the short trailer for David Brent: Life on the Road on Thursday morning (April 7th), for the film that he’s both written and directed as well as starred in. Immediately as he presents himself, a worker at the new firm Lavichem can be heard muttering in exasperation “Oh God, it’s him again”.

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Continue reading: 'David Brent: Life On The Road' Trailer Released

Russell Crowe Leads Tributes To Ronnie Corbett


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Following the tragic news that the legendary comedian had passed away on Thursday (31Mar16) surrounded by his "loving family", celebrities from all fields were quick to offer their condolences and share their memories of the diminutive star.

Gladiator star Russell used one of Corbett's most famous catchphrases in his tribute, writing on Twitter.com: "And it's good night from Ronnie Corbett . Thanks for all the laughs mate."

Fawlty Towers star John Cleese also paid tribute to his "mentor" in an emotional post: "Just heard about Ronnie C.So sad.He had the best timing I've ever watched.He was a great, kind mentor and a wonderfully witty companion."

Continue reading: Russell Crowe Leads Tributes To Ronnie Corbett

Ricky Gervais Departs On A Flight From Los Angeles International Airport

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

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The 73rd Golden Globe Awards - Outside Arrivals

Ricky Gervais - The 73rd Golden Globe Awards - Outside Arrivals at beverly hills, Golden Globe Awards - Beverly Hills, California, United States - Monday 11th January 2016

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'Special Correspondents' Starring Ricky Gervais And Eric Bana To Premiere On Netflix

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

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Ricky Gervais Arrives On A Flight To Los Angeles International Airport

Ricky Gervais - Ricky Gervais arrives on a flight to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) - Los Angeles, California, United States - Monday 4th January 2016

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Ricky Gervais

Date of birth

25th June, 1961

Occupation

Actor

Sex

Male

Height

1.73




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Have a peaceful night
Last night in NY before I fly to London to finish #LifeOnTheRoad & start work on my new stand up show. Cheers!
Ollie always makes sure my clean clothes are nice and warm and hairy before I put them on. #GoodGirl
Some say I've lost touch with reality & everyday chores. If that's true then why do I still fill up my plane myself?
Jane loves going to the park with all her friends.
Back in da hood. I ❤️ NY
I love deep baths. And now I'm older my balls can float right to the top of the water. #tinyfunbags
Only 2 days to go until you can watch #SpecialCorrespondents on #Netflix around The World
Eric can't believe his luck, getting a lift to New York for the premier of #SpecialCorrespondents on his hero's jet


Ricky Gervais Movies

David Brent: Life On The Road Trailer

David Brent: Life On The Road Trailer

The UK was introduced to David Brent when the BBC decided to make a real...

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The Little Prince Trailer

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Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb Trailer

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Where the 2011 reboot felt effortless in the way it recaptured that warmly anarchic Muppets...

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The Muppets Most Wanted Trailer

Kermit and friends return, embarking on an extensive world tour that sees them reach all...

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There's a strong autobiographical tone to this British period drama, and the cast is very...

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