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Ricky Gervais
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Gervais at Comedy Central's "Night of Too Many Stars" in 2010
Birth name Ricky Dene Gervais
Born (1961-06-25) 25 June 1961 (age 60)
Reading, Berkshire, England, UK
Medium Stand-up, television, film, radio
Nationality English
Years active 1982–present
Genres Dark comedy, cringe comedy, insult comedy, musical comedy, satire
Influences Groucho Marx, Stan Laurel, Ollie Hardy, Peter Cook, Dudley Moore, Christopher Guest
Influenced Karl Pilkington, Stephen Merchant
Partner(s) Jane Fallon
Notable works and roles The Office (UK TV series)
The Office (U.S. TV series)
An Idiot Abroad
Cemetery Junction

Ricky Dene Gervais (born 25 June 1961) is an English comedian, actor, director, presenter, singer and writer.

He became famous with his show The Office.

Gervais was born and raised in Reading, Berkshire, England. He was half of 1980s New Wave duo Seona Dancing. He is known for television series including The 11 O'Clock Show, The Office, Meet Ricky Gervais, Extras, An Idiot Abroad, Life's Too Short and Derek. He wrote a children's book, Flanimals. He has performed stand-up shows Animals, Politics, Fame and Science. He has starred in movies: Ghost Town, The Invention of Lying and Cemetery Junction. He has won seven BAFTA awards and two Emmy awards.

Gervais hosted the Golden Globe Awards in 2010, 2011 and 2012.



Gervais released a children's book in 2004, Flanimals (illustrated by Rob Steen), which depicted nonsense animals. After the success of this book, he released its sequel More Flanimals in 2005, with Flanimals of the Deep coming the next year. A new Flanimals book, Flanimals: The Day of the Bletchling, was released in October 2007. Flanimals: Pop Up was also published in 2009. There is a wide range of Flanimals merchandise available, including dolls and gift cards.

Personal life

He is an atheist. He lives between Hampstead, England, and New York City with his partner, producer and author Jane Fallon.

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