BBC HomeExplore the BBC
This page has been archived and is no longer updated. Find out more about page archiving.

24 September 2014
A winky wonky plinky plonky donkey.

BBC Homepage
Guide to Comedy
Ab Fab
Alan Partridge
Britain's Best Sitcom
The Office
Only Fools...
Shooting Stars
Smoking Room
More Shows »

Latest News

Win Stuff

More on
TV & Radio Listings
BBC7 Comedy
Radio 4 Comedy
Comedy on h2g2
Bearded Lady
Lancashire Fun
Search News

Printable Version

Contact Us

Ricky GervaisRicky Gervais

Ricky graduated from London University with a degree in philosophy, he then went onto work at the University as entertainment manager for the university Students Union. It was here that he first started developing material for The Office along with the first incarnation of David Brent, a character called Seedy Boss.

He later took a desk job at London radio station, XFM, where he was later offered his own show. Stephen Merchant worked as his assistant until he went to the BBC to undertake a production training course. As part of the course, Stephen collaborated with Ricky to produce a film set in Ricky's old office that they gave to the BBC.

Ricky went on to be a regular contributor to Channel 4's The Eleven O'Clock Show and was soon presenting his own chat show, Meet Ricky Gervais.

Then came his lead role in The Office, a show which has received huge critical acclaim and a host of prestigious awards including Two Golden Globes, six BAFTAs, four British Comedy Awards and the prestigious American award The Peabody.

Following this huge success he embarked on his first live stand-up tour, Animals, based around his fascination with the animal kingdom. His follow-up stand-up act was called Politics.

Ricky's new BBC sitcom Extras is to be aired in July 2005. Ben Stiller, Samuel L. Jackson, Patrick Stewart and Kate Winslet all perform cameos in the series.

Ricky has become the first British person to write an episode of The Simpsons.

The Office
The Office behind the scenes interviews

  2001 The Office (TV)
  2000 Meet Ricky Gervais (TV)
  1998 The 11 O'Clock Show (TV)

Aherne, Caroline
Atkinson, Rowan
Bailey, Bill
Barker, Ronnie
Bhaskar, Sanjeev
Brydon, Rob
Carr, Jimmy
Coogan, Steve
Corbett, Ronnie
Crook, Mackenzie
Davies, Alan
Davis, Julia
Deayton, Angus
Eclair, Jenny
Elton, Ben
Enfield, Harry
Evans, Lee
Freeman, Martin
French, Dawn
Gervais, Ricky
Henry, Lenny
Higson, Charlie
Hill, Harry
Hudd, Roy
Izzard, Eddie
Jason, David
Kay, Peter
The League of Gentlemen
Little, Ralf
Lucas, Matt
Lumley, Joanna
Marshall, Kris
Merton, Paul
Moran, Dylan
Morris, Chris
Mortimer, Bob
Murray, Al
O'Hanlon, Ardal
Pegg, Simon
Phillips, Sally
Popper, Robert
Reeves, Vic
Saunders, Jennifer
Serafinowicz, Peter
Skinner, Frank
Stevenson, Jessica
Syal, Meera
Tate, Catherine
Vegas, Johnny
Walliams, David
Whitehouse, Paul
Whitfield, June

About the BBC | Help | Terms of Use | Privacy & Cookies Policy