British comic Ricky Gervais insists he lives a staggeringly expensive lifestyle because it's the only way he can be treated with respect.

The Office creator is still as down to earth as ever, but he admits he enjoys taking advantage of good service in highbrow establishments.

He says, "I'm always scared people will think, 'Oh, look at him, he's changed.' So I keep my mouth shut.

"But the flip-side of success is that I can go to a restaurant with good service, so I rule stress out of my life.

"I take cabs everywhere - because I can. You don't get bad service in a cab. Usually."