Ricky Gervais

Writer, Actor, Director
An exceptionally dry wit with a keen understanding of the embarrassing side of human nature, Ricky Gervais was the co-creative force behind the television series "The Office" (BBC Two, 2001-03) and "Extras" (BBC ... Read more »
Born: 06/24/1961 in Reading, England, GB

Filmography

Actor (61)

Countdown to the Globes 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Interviewee

Galavant 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Presenter

Conan 2011 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

David Blaine: Real or Magic 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

Derek 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

Extras 2001 - 2002, 2004 - 2007, 2009 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

Late Night with Seth Meyers 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

Muppets Most Wanted 2014 (Movie)

Dominic Badguy (Actor)

Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb 2014 (Movie)

Dr. McPhee (Actor)

The Graham Norton Show 2001 - 2002, 2004 - 2005, 2009 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Late Show With David Letterman 2008 - 2010, 2012 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

The Office (BBC) 2001 - 2002, 2004 - 2007, 2009 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Ricky Gervais Show 2001 - 2002, 2004 - 2007, 2009 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

An Idiot Abroad 2010 - 2013 (TV Show)

Himself

Escape From Planet Earth 2013 (Movie)

Mr. James Bing (Voice)

The 64th Primetime Emmy Awards 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Office: Retrospective Special 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

The Unbelievers 2013 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Dateline NBC 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Life's Too Short 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

NBC's New Year's Eve with Carson Daly 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

The 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Presenter

The 69th Annual Golden Globes Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Host

Trust Us with Your Life 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Curb Your Enthusiasm 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Ricky Gervais: Out of England 2 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

Spy Kids: All The Time in The World 2011 (Movie)

Argonaut (Voice)

Talking Funny 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

The 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Host

The Marriage Ref 2010 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Office 2005 - 2006, 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

American Idol 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Cemetery Junction 2010 (Movie)

(Actor)

Friday Night With Jonathan Ross 2001 - 2002, 2004 - 2005, 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Louie 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 61st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

The 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Presenter

The 67th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Host

The Jay Leno Show 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Inside the Actors Studio 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian 2009 (Movie)

Dr McPhee (Actor)

Ricky Gervais: Out of England 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

The 60th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

The Invention of Lying 2009 (Movie)

Mark Bellison (Actor)

Extras: The Extra Special Series Finale 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Ghost Town 2008 (Movie)

Bertram Pincus (Actor)

Concert for Diana 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Stardust 2007 (Movie)

Ferdy the Fence (Actor)

For Your Consideration 2006 (Movie)

Martin Gibb (Actor)

Night at the Museum 2006 (Movie)

Dr. McPhee (Actor)

The Office Special 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Valiant 2005 (Movie)

Voice of Bugsy (Voice)

Alias 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor
Writer (5)

PhoneShop 2001 - 2002, 2004 - 2007, 2009 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Story Editor

Stromberg 2014 (Movie)

(Characters as Source Material)

Cemetery Junction 2010 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Invention of Lying 2009 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Producer (2)

Cemetery Junction 2010 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Invention of Lying 2009 (Movie)

(Producer)
Director (2)

Cemetery Junction 2010 (Movie)

(Director)

The Invention of Lying 2009 (Movie)

(Director)
Music (1)

Valiant 2005 (Movie)

("(There'll Be Bluebirds Over) The White Cliffs of Dover") (Song Performer)

Biography

An exceptionally dry wit with a keen understanding of the embarrassing side of human nature, Ricky Gervais was the co-creative force behind the television series "The Office" (BBC Two, 2001-03) and "Extras" (BBC Two/HBO, 2005-07), alongside his creative partner of over a decade, Stephen Merchant. In addition to co-writing and co-producing both shows, Gervais played the lead in both series - the self-deluded and thoroughly inappropriate office manager David Brent on "The Office," and the hapless wannabe actor Andy Millman on "Extras" - which earned him numerous awards and praise from fellow writers and performers on both sides of the Atlantic. A multimedia renaissance man, Gervais went on to star in the feature films "Ghost Town" (2008) and "The Invention of Lying" (2009), taped several stand-up comedy specials, created the truly bizarre children's book series Flanimals, and saw his highly-rated Xfm radio show with Merchant and Karl Pilkington - later re-aired as internet podcasts - transformed into the hit animated series "The Ricky Gervais Show" (HBO, 2009- ). Additionally, he served as host on more than one occasion for the annual Golden Globe Awards, eliciting praise from some and scorn from others, due to his relentless roasting of celebrity insiders. Gervais was simply a man whose witty brilliance knew no cultural or ethnic boundaries.

Relationships

Jane Fallon Executive Producer

Companion
Met while at the University of London

Jerry Gervais

Father
French Canadian Emigrated while on foreign duty during the Second World War from London, to Ontario, Canada

Robert Gervais Executive Producer

Brother

Eva Gervais

Mother
Met husband Jerry during a blackout

Larry Gervais

Brother

Marsha Gervais

Sister

EDUCATION

University College London

1979
First majored in marine biology; met long-time girlfriend, Jane Fallon

Milestones

2013

Voiced character of Mr. James Bing in computer animated feature "Escape from Planet Earth"

2012

Despite controversial remarks targeting nominees and presenters during previous year's Golden Globes, was invited back to host 69th annual awards ceremony

2012

Executive produced and appeared on Channel 4 series "Derek"

2011

Returned for another controversial hosting of 68th Golden Globe Awards

2011

With Merchant, wrote, directed, and appeared on BBC series "Life's Too Short"; series starred Warwick Davis

2010

Hosted 67th Golden Globe Awards

2010

Together with Stephen Merchant and Karl Pilkington, created HBO animated series "The Ricky Gervais Show"

2009

Headlined sixth annual New York Comedy Festival at Carnegie Hall

2009

Co-starred with Ben Stiller in "Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian"

2009

Co-directed and starred in comedy "The Invention of Lying"; also wrote and produced

2008

First starring role in a feature film, "Ghost Town"

2008

Performed the comedy special "Out of England" (HBO); earned an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Writing For A Variety, Music Or Comedy Special

2008

Received Emmy nominations for Acting, Directing and Writing for "Extras: The Extra Special Series Finale" (HBO)

2006

Cast as a studio executive in Christopher Guest directed comedy "For Your Consideration"

2006

Became first guest star on "The Simpsons" (Fox) to also write the episode on which he guest starred; episode titled "Homer Simpson, This Is Your Wife"

2005

Co-created "Extras," (BBC2) with Stephen Merchant; also starred as Andy Millman, an actor whose career is stuck in background extra parts (aired on HBO in the U.S.); earned Emmy nominations in 2007 for Best Directing for the episode "Orlando Bloom" and Be

2004

Published first childrens book Flanimals; illustrated by friend Rob Steen

2004

Produced American version of "The Office" (NBC) with co-creator Greg Daniels

2003

Toured the U.K. with stand-up show "Animals"

2001

Co-created with Steve Merchant and starred on BBC comedy hit "The Office"

2001

With Merchant co-created "The Ricky Gervais Show," a weekly online audio program; aired on Xfm in weekly periods for months at a time throughout 2002, 2003, 2004, and mid-2005

2000

Hosted "Meet Ricky Gervais" (Channel 4)

1998

Portrayed a bigoted news reporter on "The 11 O’Clock Show" (Channel 4)

Performed with a pop band called "Seona Dancing"; group released two singles

Hired as DJ for London radio station XFM, where he met future writing partner Steve Merchant

Bonus Trivia

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Gervais tried to be a rock star in the David Bowie mold, but he never took off. He managed an indie band and a Queen tribute band, and segued into radio, where he met Stephen Merchant, who eventually became his writing partner and played Millman's incompetent manager on "Extras."

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As a kid, Gervais began writing original scripts for the Hanna-Barbera cartoon "Tom and Jerry."

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"It's the work that excites me. I don't like the fame – that's the worst thing about it for me. I don't like being recognized shopping for pants." – Gervais quoted to People Magazine, March 23, 2004

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"I've always felt sorry for those who don't have a sense of humor. The worst thing to me growing up was to embarrass yourself socially. I feel sorry for anyone. Hitler could walk in and make a bad joke and I would cringe and [say], 'Oh, I wish he hadn't made that bad joke." – Gervais quoted in The Los Angeles Times, Sept. 17, 2008

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About Gervais, Koepp (director of "Ghost Town") says: "His greatest fear in the world is looking stupid. Trying to be funny and not being funny is humiliating. I think one of the reasons he was careful to pick a Hollywood movie is that he desperately didn't want it to be a bad one. He waited too long for success to [toss] it away. Like a lot of people who get success late in life, it means more to them. They're more protective." – from The Los Angeles Times, Sept. 17, 2008

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