Born in Reading, Ricky went to university in London and obtained a degree in Philosophy. He had a brief spell working in pop, in a band 'Seona Dancing'. He then had a longish stint running the entertainments at a students' union. He then turned back to the music…more
He appears in the video game Grand Theft Auto IV as himself.
On December 13, 2007, Ricky Gervais was nominated for a Golden Globe Award in the "Actor in a Leading Role - Musical Or Comedy Series" category for his performance in Extras.
Ricky Gervais wrote three books. The first one was called Flanimals. Second book was called More Flanimals. The last book he wrote was called Flanimals Of the Deep.
Gervais's cat, Ollie, was given to him by television presenter and friend Jonathan Ross.
David Bowie, Daniel Radcliffe, Sir Ian McKellen and Stephen Fry are among celebrities to star in series 2 of Extras with Ricky Gervais. Other stars featuring in the BBC 2 sitcom, which is currently in production, include Germaine Greer, Richard Briers, Diana Rigg and Ronnie Corbett.
Ricky was approached for a role in the Tom Cruise blockbuster Mission: Impossible III, but it never came to fruition - Gervais cited reasons for this, on Friday Night with Jonathan Ross: "It was a bigger part than I first thought." He added: "I did an episode of Alias, and I can't watch it. Me being serious. I can't watch it."
Ricky turned down £2MILLION to do an advert for an 'American Drinks Firm' saying:
"I do things that I want to be proud of, so if I turn something down it's because I don't want to do it, not because the money isn't right."
Ricky's top 10 TV sitcoms are: 1. The Simpsons
3. The Larry Sanders Show
4. The Phil Silvers Show (aka Sergeant Bilko)
5. Curb Your Enthusiasm
8. The Fall And Rise Of Reginald Perrin
9. Fawlty Towers
10. Ever Decreasing Circles
Ricky Gervais is creating a book called The World of Karl Pilkington Using the latest in post-podcast, paper-based media, Ricky's putting together a compilation of gems from the first series of podcasts. Karl is busy with crayons expanding on many of his relatively special theories for the book which will be out in September this year.
Ricky won GQ Comedian Of The Year in 2002 and 2006.
Ricky Gervais' The Office won a Peabody Award in 2003. For refreshing writing, understated performance, and unparalleled comic brilliance.
Ricky did the voice of 'Penguin' in a 2002 animated comedy TV programme called Legend of the Lost Tribe.
Ricky did the voice for Bugsy, a character in a 2005 animated comedy Valiant.
Ricky starred in J.J. Abrams 'Alias' as Daniel Ryan, an infamous English bomb expert. The episode is named Facade and is the 15th episode in series 3.
Ricky turned down a role in Pirates of the Caribbean, saying "I didn't really fancy sitting in a hotel room in Los Angeles for nine weeks for two minutes on screen, to be honest".
Ricky was in a music group in the early 80's called 'Seona Dancing'. They released two singles - Bitter Heart and More To Lose.
Ricky Gervais' Extras won two awards at the 2006 Rose D'Or. Best Sitcom and Best Sitcom Actress - Ashley Jensen. And Ricky won an Honorary Rose D'Or for 'exceptional contribution to the global entertainment business'.
In 2002, Ricky took part in a BBC production called Celebrity Boxing in which he faught Grant Bovey in a boxing bout.
The winner of the contest earnt a £5,000 purse for charity. Ricky won the event on points.
In 2002 and 2003 Gervais won double BAFTA's for best comedy performance and best sitcom, for The Office.
Ricky took 23% of the vote in a 'This Is London' poll, beating Peter Kay and Ant & Dec as readers were asked to name the celebrity they'd most like to tuck into the turkey with on Christmas Day.
Ricky's The Office Christmas Specials won an award for Outstanding Achievement In Movies, Mini Series & Specials from the US Television Critics' Association.
Ricky's episode of The Simpsons reaches 2.2 million viewers in the UK - Sky's highest rated Simpsons episode ever and the second highest rated show on Sky One ever.
In 2003, he was listed in The Observer as one of the 50 funniest acts in British comedy.
Ricky Gervias has become the first Brit to star in and write a Simpsons episode. Called 'Homer Simpson, This is Your Wife', it aired on 26th March (UK - 23rd April).
Ricky's to be awarded an honorary Golden Rose at this year's Rose D'Or TV Festival in Lucerne.
Ricky's recent ad for the Prostate Cancer Charity has won an Aerial Gold Award. Ricky wrote the ad, which features Steve Merchant and Karl Pilkington, to persuade more men to get checked out for prostate cancer.
At the 61st Annual Golden Globe Awards in 2003, Ricky Gervais was the first non-American actor nominated for Best Actor in a Television Comedy or Musical Series and he won the award.
Ricky: (revealing he would never want to host the Oscars) Oscars isn't about comedy. It's about a bunch of people turning up to see if they have won an award. It's a historic, stuffy thing and I would want to have fun with it and I don't think they would want me to do that. I wouldn't be allowed to do what I wanted and it would be no fun for me reading from an autocue. I'd want to do it my way.
Ricky: (following the backlash after initially joking he gave his dog botox) There's a story going round that I injected my pet dog with botox. I didn't. I haven't got a dog. I would never do anything to hurt or enhance the unconditional natural beauty of an animal. It was a joke.
Ricky: I don't think a comedian should even be concerned with being cool or sexy - as soon as you do, you aren't a comedian any more. Looks are still the most important thing for women when it comes to meeting a partner. And that's fair enough, but a sense of humour is really important too. For starters, it's a great indicator of whether you are going to get on. If the first time you go on a date you don't find each other funny, there's a fundamental problem.
Ricky: (Upon accepting his Golden Globe) I'm not from these parts. I'm from a little place called England - we used to run the world before you lot.
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