Ricky Gervais

BirthDay:

25 Jun 1961

BirthPlace:

Reading, Berkshire, England, UK

BirthName:

Ricky Dene Gervais

Bio:

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.
Filmography

Actor ( 121 credits )

Blazing Samurai (2017) Ika Chu
David Brent: Life on the Road (2016) David Brent
Special Correspondents (2016) Albert Finch
Maya and Marty in Manhattan (2016)  Himself (1 episode, 2016)
Galavant (2015)  Xanax (1 episode, 2015)
Close Up with the Hollywood Reporter (2015)  Himself (1 episode, 2015)
Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (2014) Dr. McPhee
Muppets Most Wanted (2014) Dominic Badguy
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (2014)  Himself (1 episode, 2014)
Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee: Single Shot (2014)  Himself (4 episodes, 2014)
Late Night with Seth Meyers (2014)  Himself (1 episode, 2014)
BoJack Horseman (2014)  Hedgehog at Orphanage (1 episode, 2015)
The Drunken Peasants (2014)  Himself (archive footage) (1 episode, 2015)
The Unbelievers (2013) Himself
Escape from Planet Earth (2013) Mr. James Bing (voice)
The Queen Latifah Show (2013)  Himself (1 episode, 2014)
Learn Guitar with David Brent (2013)  David Brent
Derek (2012)  Derek / ... (13 episodes, 2012-2014)
Dawkins: Sex, Death and the Meaning of Life (2012)  Himself (1 episode, 2012)
Trust Us with Your Life (2012)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2012)
Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee (2012)  Himself (1 episode, 2012)
Unscripted (2012)  Himself (1 episode, 2014)
The Muppets (2011) Himself (scenes deleted) (uncredited)
Spy Kids: All the Time in the World in 4D (2011) Argonaut (voice)
Making It in Hollywood (2011) Himself
Piers Morgan Tonight (2011)  Himself (4 episodes, 2011-2013)
Life's Too Short (2011)  Ricky Gervais (7 episodes, 2011-2013)
Cemetery Junction (2010) Mr. Taylor
Louie (2010)  Dr. Ben (2 episodes, 2010)
An Idiot Abroad (2010)  Himself - Executive Producer / ... (21 episodes, 2010-
Conan (2010)  Himself / ... (10 episodes, 2010-2014)
The Ricky Gervais Show (2010)  Himself (39 episodes, 2010-2012)
Bloomberg Game Changers (2010)  Himself - Comedian (1 episode, 2010)
The Marriage Ref (2010)  Himself - Panelist (2 episodes, 2010-2011)
The Invention of Lying (2009) Mark Bellison
Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian (2009) Dr. McPhee
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (2009)  Himself (6 episodes, 2010-2013)
Alan Carr: Chatty Man (2009)  Himself (2 episodes, 2010-2011)
The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien (2009)  Himself (2 episodes, 2009-2010)
The Jay Leno Show (2009)  Himself (2 episodes, 2010)
Live from Studio Five (2009)  Himself (5 episodes, 2009-2010)
Sunday Night (2009)  Dominic Badguy / ... (1 episode)
In the House with Peter Bart & Peter Guber (2009) (1 episode, 2011)
Ghost Town (2008) Pincus
New Heroes of Comedy (2008)  Andy Millman / ... (uncredited) (1 episode, 2008)
Richard & Judy's New Position (2008)  Himself (1 episode, 2008)
Alex Zane's GuestList (2008)  Himself (1 episode, 2009)
Stardust (2007) Ferdy the Fence
The Graham Norton Show (2007)  Himself (12 episodes, 2008-2014)
Xposé (2007)  Himself (2 episodes, 2009-2010)
Up Close with Carrie Keagan (2007)  Himself (1 episode, 2009)
Heroes Unmasked (2007)  Himself (2 episodes, 2007)
The Comedy Map of Britain (2007)  Himself (2 episodes, 2007-2008)
Night at the Museum (2006) Dr. McPhee
For Your Consideration (2006) Martin Gibb
The ONE Show (2006)  Himself / ... (6 episodes, 2008-2013)
Movie Rush (2006)  Himself
Valiant (2005) Bugsy (voice)
The Office (2005)  David Brent (uncredited) (2 episodes, 2011)
Extras (2005)  Andy Millman (13 episodes, 2005-2007)
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (2005)  Himself - Guest (2 episodes, 2014)
Made in Hollywood (2005)  Himself (1 episode, 2009)
The F Word (2005)  Himself (1 episode, 2007)
Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List (2005)  Himself (2 episodes, 2007-2008)
The Hour (2005)  Himself (1 episode, 2008)
The Xtra Factor (2004)  Himself (1 episode, 2006)
The Culture Show (2004)  Himself (1 episode, 2007)
The Paul O'Grady Show (2004)  Himself (4 episodes, 2005-2009)
Ministry of Mayhem (2004)  Himself (1 episode, 2004)
Jimmy Kimmel Live! (2003)  Himself / ... (4 episodes, 2008-2014)
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show (2003)  Himself - Guest / ... (5 episodes, 2009-2012)
Imagine (2003)  Himself (2 episodes, 2003-2006)
Comedy Connections (2003)  Andy Millman / ... (2 episodes, 2007-2008)
Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway (2002)  Himself / ... (6 episodes, 2005-2013)
Fame Academy (2002)  Himself (1 episode, 2003)
Dog Eat Dog (2001) Bouncer
Alias (2001)  Daniel Ryan (1 episode, 2004)
The Office (2001)  David Brent (14 episodes, 2001-2003)
TV Burp (2001)  Himself (uncredited) (1 episode, 2008)
Happiness (2001)  Ricky Gervais (1 episode, 2003)
Friday Night with Jonathan Ross (2001)  Himself (9 episodes, 2002-2009)
Richard & Judy (2001)  Himself (10 episodes, 2003-2007)
Liquid News (2000)  Himself (2 episodes, 2001-2002)
Meet Ricky Gervais (2000)  Himself - Host (6 episodes, 2000)
Vic Reeves Examines (2000)  Himself (1 episode, 2000)
Breakfast (2000)  Himself - Guest (3 episodes, 2005-2011)
Family Guy (1999)  Billy Finn / ... (1 episode, 2012)
SpongeBob SquarePants (1999)  Narrator (1 episode, 2009)
Curb Your Enthusiasm (1999)  Ricky Gervais (1 episode, 2011)
Spaced (1999)  Dave (1 episode, 2001)
Loose Women (1999)  Himself / ... (5 episodes, 2008-2013)
The Jim Tavaré Show (1999)  Various characters (7 episodes, 1999)
Comedy Café (1999)  Himself (1 episode, 1999)
Talking Movies (1999)  Himself (1 episode, 2005)
Comedy Lab (1998)  Clive Meadows / ... (2 episodes, 1999-2007)
The 11 O'Clock Show (1998)  Himself (26 episodes, 1999-2000)
The View (1997)  Himself - Guest / ... (4 episodes, 2008-2012)
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (1996)  Himself (13 episodes, 2005-2014)
E! Live from the Red Carpet (1995)  Himself / ... (4 episodes, 2014-2016)
Inside the Actors Studio (1994)  Himself (1 episode, 2009)
Room 101 (1994)  Andy Millman / ... (2 episodes, 2002-2007)
Late Show with David Letterman (1993)  Himself - Guest / ... (23 episodes, 2003-2014)
Late Night with Conan O'Brien (1993)  Himself (7 episodes, 2005-2009)
Dateline NBC (1992)  Himself (1 episode, 2012)
Charlie Rose (1991)  Himself / ... (2 episodes, 2004-2013)
The Simpsons (1989)  Charles / ... (2 episodes, 2006-2011)
Live with Kelly and Michael (1988)  Himself (7 episodes, 2008-2014)
This Morning (1988)  Himself (7 episodes, 2003-2014)
ITV Lunchtime News (1988)  Himself (archive footage) (1 episode, 2010)
Inside Edition (1988)  Himself (1 episode, 2015)
Entertainment Tonight (1981)  Himself (1 episode, 2009)
Razzamatazz (1981)  Himself (1 episode, 1983)
CBS News Sunday Morning (1979)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2013)
Saturday Night Live (1975)  Himself (uncredited) (1 episode, 2008)
Parkinson (1971)  Himself (3 episodes, 2002-2005)
Film '72 (1971)  Himself (1 episode, 2007)
Sesame Street (1969)  Ricky Gervais / ... (4 episodes, 2009-2012)
60 Minutes (1968)  Himself (segment "Ricky Gervais") (1 episode, 2009)
Today (1952)  Himself / ... (8 episodes, 2008-2014)
The Little Prince (0) The Conceited Man (voice)
The Wind in the Willows (0) Mole (voice)

Producer ( 12 credits )

David Brent: Life on the Road (2016) producer
Special Correspondents (2016) producer
Learn Guitar with David Brent (2013) producer
Derek (2012) executive producer (8 episodes, 2012-2014)
4Funnies (2012) executive producer (1 episode, 2012)
Life's Too Short (2011) executive producer (8 episodes, 2011-2013)
Cemetery Junction (2010) executive producer
An Idiot Abroad (2010) executive producer (20 episodes, 2010-2012)
The Ricky Gervais Show (2010) executive producer (39 episodes, 2010-2012)
The Invention of Lying (2009) producer
The Office (2005) executive producer (179 episodes, 2005-2013)
Extras (2005) executive producer (7 episodes, 2006-2007)

Writer ( 21 credits )

David Brent: Life on the Road (2016) (written by)
Special Correspondents (2016) (written by)
Learn Guitar with David Brent (2013) (2 episodes, 2013)
Derek (2012) (14 episodes, 2012-2014)
Kontoret (2012) (18 episodes, 2012-2013)
Life's Too Short (2011) (creator) (8 episodes, 2011-2013)
Cemetery Junction (2010) (written by) &
The Ricky Gervais Show (2010) (creator) (39 episodes, 2010-2012)
The Invention of Lying (2009) (written by) &
The Office (2005) (creator) (187 episodes, 2005-2013)
Extras (2005) (13 episodes, 2005-2007)
Kelsey Grammer Presents: The Sketch Show (2005) (unknown episodes)
Stromberg (2004) (10 episodes, 2005)
The Office (2001) (14 episodes, 2001-2003)
The Sketch Show (2001) (unknown episodes)
Bruiser (2000) (5 episodes, 2000)
Meet Ricky Gervais (2000) (6 episodes, 2000)
The Jim Tavaré Show (1999) (12 episodes, 1999)
Comedy Lab (1998) (1 episode, 1999)
The 11 O'Clock Show (1998) (unknown episodes)
The Simpsons (1989) (1 episode, 2006)

Director ( 8 credits )

David Brent: Life on the Road (2016) (rumoured)
Special Correspondents (2016)
Derek (2012) (13 episodes, 2012-2014)
Life's Too Short (2011) (8 episodes, 2011-2013)
Cemetery Junction (2010)
The Invention of Lying (2009)
Extras (2005) (13 episodes, 2005-2007)
The Office (2001) (14 episodes, 2001-2003)

Ricky Gervais Related News


Ricky Gervais Returns as David Brent in The Office Spinoff Music Video

Ricky Gervais is set to reprise his iconic role as David Brent in Life on the Road, which comes to Netflix in 2017.

Ricky Gervais' Office Spinoff Movie Goes to Netflix

Ricky Gervais' Office boss David Brent will return in the Netflix original movie Life on the Road.