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David Brent

david brent (ricky gervais)

David Brent was the Regional Manager based at the Slough Office of Wernham Hogg. He is a philosopher to rival Descartes, a musician to rival Texas, a dancer to rival MC Hammer - and has an acute grasp of political correctness. Yet the BBC documentary crew that filmed him at work in The Office stitched him up and portrayed him as the 'boss from hell'.

David is a Renaissance Man - watch video clips of his polymathic abilities >>

Sadly, despite giving his all to his work and to his staff, David was made redundant at the end of the second series. The cameras seemed to show a broken man when in fact David Brent was about to turn the negative into a resounding positive by launching his solo music career.

Read Cooper & Webb's interview with David.

Read David's Wernham Hogg newsletter.

Brent never really left Wernham Hogg. His legacy of good humour and maverick management techniques live on there to this day. Also, he pays visits, often as much as three times a week.

where have I seen him before?

Ricky Gervais had what could be described as a varied CV before Channel 4's 11 O'clock Show launched him into stardom. He used to manage bands and once looked after Suede. More recently he has been DJ-ing with writing partner Stephen Merchant on XFM. They have also been consulting on an American version of The Office. Recently he had a go at stand-up comedy in a show he called 'Animals'. He likes cheese.

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