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Ricky Gervais

Ricky Gervais achieved fame and recognition from television audiences around the world for his hilarious turn in the BBC comedy series The Office. Up until then, his diverse career included stints as a pizza delivery man, a DJ for a London radio station, and manager of the rock group Suede before going into comedy.

His bigoted comedy persona for The 11 O'Clock Show proved to be a perversely popular creation. He went on to host the television show Meet Ricky Gervais.

The Office was a cult hit. Word of mouth ensured its repeat run scoring higher ratings than the first. Gervais played David Brent, the self-important office manager of the Slough branch of a firm of paper suppliers. The observations were spot-on. Gervais' in-depth knowledge of office life stems from seven years spent as Entertainment Manager for a student union.

The second series of The Office was shown in 2002 to much critical acclaim. In the US, The Office was the winner of two Golden Globes: Ricky Gervais was Best TV Actor in a Musical or Comedy Series while The Office was acclaimed as Best TV Musical or Comedy Series.


Note: This profile was written in or before 2005.
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Ricky Gervais Facts

OccupationActor
BirthdayJune 25, 1961 (56)
SignCancer
BirthplaceReading, England, United Kingdom
Height5' 8" (1m73)  How tall is Ricky Gervais compared to you?
Awards2007 Emmy Awards: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series (for Extras)
2004 Golden Globe Awards: Best Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy (for The Office)

Selected Filmography

Stardust
Spy Kids: All the Time in the World
Escape From Planet Earth
Muppets Most Wanted
Night at the Museum 3-Movie Collection
The Little Prince
The Invention of Lying
Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb
The Muppets Bumper 6 Movie Collection
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