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Ricky Gervais

Ricky Dene Gervais was born in a suburb of Reading, Berkshire, to Eva Sophia (House) and Lawrence Raymond Gervais, who was a hod carrier and labourer. His father was born in Ontario, Canada, of French-Canadian descent, and his mother was English. He was educated at Ashmead Comprehensive School and went on to study at University College, London, where he gained a degree in Philosophy.After university, Gervais attempted to pursue a pop career with Seona Dancing, a duo he formed with a fellow student. Similar to many groups in the early 1980s, they were a synth-pop act with a somewhat pretentious name and exhibiting a strong musical influence by David Bowie. Gervais adopted a vocal style that has often been compared to Bowie; comedian Paul Merton would later joke that Bowie nicked their music. Seona Dancing were briefly signed to a recording contract and released two singles, "More to Lose" and "Bitter Heart". The latter was slightly reminiscent of Queen's "Body Language" from a year earlier, featuring a similar synthesizer riff. The act failed to breach the UK top 75 and earn a place in the Guinness Book of British Hit Singles, but clips have survived and they have been frequently used to tease Gervais in interviews. Despite his own lack of success, Gervais stayed within the music industry for a while and even spent time as the manager of Suede.Gervais had to wait a long time before achieving the fame he had hoped would come with a pop career. In the 1990s he formed a writing partnership with Stephen Merchant. In 2000, he landed his own comedy chat show on Channel 4, Meet Ricky Gervais (2000), which attracted legendary guests such as Jimmy Savile, Michael Winner, Paul Daniels, Peter Purves, Stefanie Powers Jim Bowen and Midge Ure. The series only ran for six episodes but a year later greater stardom came for Gervais with the debut of BBC comedy The Office (2001). Although it was not initially received to great acclaim or viewing figures, it is now often cited as one of the greatest comedy series of all time and has been credited as reinventing the sitcom. Gervais starred as the obnoxious and embarrassing office manager David Brent, who has since been voted in various polls one of the greatest comic characters. It also prompted an American remake, The Office (2005). Gervais had further success with another sitcom, Extras (2005), which attracted a series of celebrity guests, including Ben Stiller, Samuel L. Jackson and his musical idol David Bowie. It served as a satire on the entertainment industry and leading stars were happy to play along by performing exaggerated versions of themselves.Gervais has become one of the most popular and omnipresent comedy performers of the 21st century, hosting the Golden Globe awards, lending his talent to films, becoming a voice artist and appearing on numerous talk shows, becoming one of the best known British comedy figures in America. He is also regularly the subject of controversy due to his dark comedy. Some critics have called him insensitive and outrageous. Gervais has responded by saying "offense is the collateral damage of free speech", he has said that he doesn't aim for a mass audience, he's just pleased he's managed to get one, and he has compared his style of comedy and the audience he has acquired with being Iggy Pop in preference to being Phil Collins.


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Born:
Jun 25, 1961 In Reading, Berkshire, England, UK
Movie/TV Credits:
39
First Appeared:
In the series Sesame Street 1969-07-21
Latest Project:
Series Galavant 2015-01-04

Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 21 wins & 47 nominations.

Known For
Poster of The Office
Filmography
Galavant Unknown 2015-01-04
Late Night with Seth Meyers Unknown 2014-02-24
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Unknown 2014-02-17
BoJack Horseman Hedgehog at Orphanage 2014-08-22
The Queen Latifah Show Unknown 2013
Life's Too Short Ricky Gervais 7 episodes, 2011-2013 2012-02-01
"Derek" Pilot Derek Noakes 2012-04-12
Dawkins: Sex, Death and the Meaning of Life Unknown 2012-10-15
Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee Unknown 2012-07-19
Piers Morgan Live Unknown 2011-01-17
The Ricky Gervais Show Self 39 episodes, 2010-2012 2010-02-19
The Marriage Ref Unknown 2010-02-28
Conan Unknown 2010-11-08
An Idiot Abroad Self - Executive Producer / ... 21 episodes, 2010-2012 2010-09-05
Louie Unknown 2010-06-29
Alan Carr: Chatty Man Unknown 2009-06-14
PhoneShop Unknown 2009-11-13
The Graham Norton Show Unknown 2007-02-22
Heroes Unmasked Unknown 2007-07-25
The Office Unknown 2005-03-24
Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List Unknown 2005-08-03
The F Word Unknown 2005-10-27
Extras Andy Millman 13 episodes, 2005-2007 2005-09-25
Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway Unknown 2002-06-08
Spaced Unknown 2001-05-14
Alias Unknown 2001-09-30
Curb Your Enthusiasm Unknown 2000-10-15
Family Guy Unknown 1999-01-31
SpongeBob SquarePants Unknown 1999-05-01
This Life Unknown 1998-11-17
The View Unknown 1997-08-11
The Daily Show Unknown 1996-07-22
Inside the Actors Studio Unknown 1994-06-12
Room 101 Unknown 1994-07-04
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Unknown 1992-05-25
The Simpsons Unknown 1989-12-17
CBS News Sunday Morning Unknown 1979
Saturday Night Live Unknown 1975-10-11
Sesame Street Unknown 1969-07-21