Stephen Merchant

Writer, Director, Producer
Writer-director-producer-actor Stephen Merchant rose to comedy stardom in collaboration with comedy icon Ricky Gervais on an impressive succession of hugely successful television projects in the U. K. and United States ... Read more »
Born: 11/24/1974 in Bristol, England, GB

Filmography

Actor (38)

Table 19 2017 (Movie)

Walter Thimble (Actor)

Wolverine 3 2017 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Simpsons 2016 (Tv Show)

Voice

Brand: A Second Coming 2015 (Movie)

(Himself)

Comedy Bang! Bang! 2015 (Tv Show)

Himself

Drunk History 2013, 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Hello Ladies: The Movie 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Actor

Lip Sync Battle 2015 (Tv Show)

Performer

Misery Loves Comedy 2015 (Movie)

(Himself)

The Big Bang Theory 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

2014 American Comedy Awards 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Presenter

Hello Ladies 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

Modern Family 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Real Time with Bill Maher 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

An Idiot Abroad 2010 - 2013 (TV Show)

Himself

Conan 2011, 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Extras 2001 - 2002, 2004 - 2007, 2009 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

I Give it a Year 2013 (Movie)

Danny (Actor)

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Movie 43 2013 (Movie)

Donald (Actor)

The Graham Norton Show 2006 - 2007, 2009 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Ricky Gervais Show 2001 - 2002, 2004 - 2007, 2009 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

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

Actor

The Daily Show 2012 (Tv Show)

Guest

The Late Show With David Letterman 2012 (Tv Show)

Guest

Burke and Hare 2011 (Movie)

Holyrood Footman (Actor)

Gnomeo & Juliet 2011 (Movie)

Paris (Voice)

Hall Pass 2011 (Movie)

Gary (Actor)

Tooth Fairy 2010 (Movie)

Tracy (Actor)

The Invention of Lying 2009 (Movie)

Man at the Door (Actor)

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

Actor

Run, Fat Boy, Run 2008 (Movie)

Man With Broken Leg (Actor)

Hot Fuzz 2007 (Movie)

Peter Ian Staker (Actor)

Green Wing 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Red Nose Day (TV Show)

Himself

TFI Friday (TV Show)

Himself
Director (4)

The Office (BBC) 2001 - 2002, 2004 - 2007, 2009 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Director

Cemetery Junction 2010 (Movie)

(Director)

The Office 2006, 2008 (Tv Show)

Director

The Office Special 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Director
Producer (2)

Dream Corp LLC 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Cemetery Junction 2010 (Movie)

(Producer)
Writer (2)

Stromberg 2014 (Movie)

(Characters as Source Material)

Cemetery Junction 2010 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Biography

Writer-director-producer-actor Stephen Merchant rose to comedy stardom in collaboration with comedy icon Ricky Gervais on an impressive succession of hugely successful television projects in the U. K. and United States. Having received his start in stand-up comedy, he and Gervais became partners in crime as the co-hosts of a short-lived weekly radio show prior to sowing the seeds for what would evolve into the hugely influential workplace sitcom "The Office" (BBC2, 2001-03), which he co-wrote, co-produced and co-directed. Success from the series led to more work with Gervais on another popular radio show, acting and writing jobs on other BBC programs, and the smash-hit adaptation of "The Office" (NBC, 2005- ) on American TV. In addition to his usual duties, Merchant also performed in his and Gervais' next series, "Extras" (HBO, BBC2, 2005-07). His performance as the well-meaning, but utterly incompetent talent agent Darren Lamb earned Merchant a British Comedy Award for Best Actor. Other collaborations with Gervais included the feature dramedy "Cemetery Junction" (2010); the travel series starring their clueless radio producer Karl Pilkington, "An Idiot Abroad" (Sky1, 2010- ); and the series "Life's Too Short" (HBO, 2011- ), while his acclaimed stand-up comedy tour "Hello, Ladies" proved he had plenty to offer all on his own. Astonishingly prolific, he had amassed a career's worth of credits in a scant 10 years, and along with Gervais, earned the respect and adoration of fans, both famous and not, for their consistently hilarious work together as a comedic team.

Relationships

Elaine Merchant

Mother

Ron Merchant Actor

Father
Made a few brief appearances in his son's BBC series "The Office"

Alex Merchant Art Director

Sister
Was the art director for her brother's BBC series "The Office"

Dan Warren Video

Companion
Live together in Hampstead, London

EDUCATION

University of Warwick

1996
Was a film reviewer on the student radio station, Radio Warwick

University of Warwick

1996
Was a film reviewer on the student radio station, Radio Warwick

Milestones

2007

Hosted a radio show on music-oriented show on BBC 6 Music

2007

Cast in the British comedy flick, "Hot Fuzz"

2007

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

2005

Co-created "Extras" (BBC2) with longtime collaborator Ricky Gervais; also co-starred onscreen with Gervais, as hapless agent Darren Lamb in this sitcom about struggling actors (aired on HBO in the U.S.); earned Emmy nominations for Best Writing in 2005 an

2005

Executive produced (with Gervais) the American version of "The Office" (NBC), starring Steve Carell in the Gervais role

2004

Appeared in the British TV comedy "Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace" (Channel 4)

2004

Worked as a script consultant on the sitcom "Nathan Barley" (Channel 4)

2002

Directed an unaired comedy called "The Last Chancers" for Channel 4

2001

Co-created (with Gervais) the weekly online audio program, "The Ricky Gervais Show"; aired on Xfm in weekly periods for months at a time throughout 2002, 2003, 2004, and mid-2005

2001

Co-created with Gervais the BBC comedy hit "The Office"; earned an Emmy nomination for Writing

1998

Wrote for Sacha Baron Cohen’s "The Eleven O’Clock Show"

1998

Enrolled in a TV production training course at the BBC; for his short film project shot a largely improvised 10-minute piece called "Seedy Boss" starring Gervais; this short would later become the basis for "The Office"

1997

Met future writing partner, Ricky Gervais, when he was hired by London radio station Xfm

Began doing stand-up comedy; won the Daily Telegraph Open Mic Award

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