Best known for his work as co-creator of the popular mockumentary television series, The Office, Ricky Gervais, a British comedian, actor, and producer, among many other titles, has made his mark on Hollywood and continues to blaze a trail.
Ricky Dene Gervais was born on June 25, 1961, in Reading, England. Gervais excelled in school and when it was time for college, he chose to study at University College London where he earned a degree in philosophy.
He had a love for music and he pursued his own musical ambitions as the lead singer of a new-wave rock group, Seona Dancing. The band’s most notable claim to fame was their 1985 minor hit single in the Philippines, “More to Lose”.
In 1997, after his stint as a musician, Gervais worked for the London radio station, Xfm. While employed by the station, he hired his future collaborator, Stephen Merchant, to be his assistant. Gervais finally landed his own nightly program, but left soon after Xfm was purchased by another company.
As time progressed, Gervais landed some work which included writing scripts and appearing in comedy sketches for the BBC TV shows, Bruiser and Golden Years. However, the success of one television show in particular catapulted Gervais’ career and that was his regular role in the popular comedy series, The 11 O’Clock Show.
Despite the show being short lived, Gervais and Merchant began working on a television show idea that would later become his first smash hit, The Office.
While working on their idea, Gervais pursued other business ventures such as his 2005 video podcast, The Ricky Gervais Show. This podcast became one of the internet’s most popular downloads. The show included humorous exploits of Gervais, Merchant and Karl Pilkington.
His work continued to pay off in 2005 when The Office finally premiered on NBC.
After five successful seasons, the success of The Office did not go unnoticed. The series earned countless nominations and an Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series in 2006. In addition to the triumph of The Office, Gervais’ other show, the Extras, a behind-the-scenes comedy about Hollywood, won an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series in 2007.
Currently, Gervais is set to debut his Netflix series, Derek, on September 12 of this year.
Gervais will star in this series as the main character, a man working as a caretaker for the elderly.
Here is a sneak preview of his latest venture, Derek:
From his work on The Office to his new Netflix series, Derek, Ricky Gervais continues to play a major role in Hollywood. His talent as a writer, producer and actor continue to make Ricky Gervais a hot commodity in the entertainment industry.
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