Ricky Gervais’ biographyRicky Gervais is a British actor, comedian, and television producer. He is most widely known for creating and portraying a touching and funny, yet often ridiculous boss in a British television mockumentary sitcom The Office, and is often referred to as a modern-day Charlie Chaplin. In 2019, Ricky’s fans got a chance to see their favorite actor in his brand-new black comedy web television series After Life.
Early yearsRicky Dene Gervais was born on June 25, 1961, in Berkshire to an ordinary laborer, Lawrence Raymond Gervais, and Eva, who dedicated her life to raising her four children.
Ricky was the youngest of four kids in a rather poor but tight-knit and happy family. According to the actor, he inherited his sense of humor and optimistic view of life from his parents. Ricky spent the majority of his childhood years and graduated from high school in Whitley, Reading suburb. The boy’s parents couldn’t pay for his further education, so he took on a job as a gardener and later enrolled at University College London. He graduated with a degree in philosophy.
The beginning of Ricky’s careerIn 1988, Gervais met Brett Anderson, a flamboyant frontman of at the time unknown rock band Suede, and became their manager.
In 1997, Ricky Gervais got his own humor radio show and hired Stephen Merchant as his assistant. Karl Pilkington joined the duo soon after. The show went on to become a podcast The Ricky Gervais Show in the format of a dialogue between two hosts (Ricky and Stephen) and a special weird guest (Karl). Every episode Pilkington would talk about the events that happened to him recently, and the hosts would tease him in a friendly manner about his naïve and eccentric ways. The show was later adapted as animated series and was aired on British television.
Ricky Gervais portrayed David Brent, a white-collar office middle-manager of the paper company, who considers himself to be an awesome boss, but in reality, is impossibly pathetic. Martin Freeman and Mackenzie Crook, most widely known for their role in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, also joined the cast of the legendary sitcom. Ricky was not only the leading actor but also a writer, director (alongside Stephen Merchant), and producer of the series.
The most influential person on BBCRicky Gervais’ next project has only reinforced his status as the most influential artist on British television. He partnered up with Stephen Merchant once again and created another sitcom titled Extras. Ricky portrayed a failing actor, who as the show progressed, managed to become a B-list celebrity, while Merchant played his substandard and rather stupid agent.
From 2008 to 2013, Gervais appeared in many feature-length movies, with Ghost Town, a fantasy comedy film, being one of the most prominent ones. He was cast in a leading role of a misanthropic dentist, who could talk to ghosts. Greg Kinnear also starred in the film.
A sarcastic comedy-drama television series Derek, starring, written, and directed by Gervais, came out in 2013 and broke the popularity record once again. The actor portrayed a rather, to put it mildly, a peculiar care worker at a home for the elderly. Kerry Godliman, Tim Barlow, Tony Rohr, David Earl, and Doc Brown all joined the cast.
In 2018, Gervais participated in the filming of a Suede documentary. After all, he was with the band at the very beginning of their career and has been friends with Brett Anderson and Mat Osman for years.