Ricky Gervais

Ricky Gervais

Date of birth: 25-06-1961

A late entrant to the world of comedy, Gervais only started to try to tap his talent for making people laugh in 1998, at the age of 36.

Before that, he had spent seven years spent as an entertainments manager for a student union.

And his initial ambitions were musical, playing in a failed Eighties band called Seona Dancing.

He later, briefly, managed the band Suede, before landing a job on London's XFM radio station where he started developing a taste for comedy, and a character called Seedy Boss who would later become The Office's David Brent.


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Is The Office making comeback?

Mackenzie Crook suggests that it is...

Ricky Gervais has always ruled it out - but it’s been reported that a comeback episode of The Office is on the cards.

The Mail on Sunday today quotes Mackenzie Crook, who played Gareth in the original series, saying that: ‘We’ve been busy but there are plans to sort a reunion episode.’

It’s suggested that the comeback will coincide with the 20th anniversary of the show, in 2021. And before that, the key cast will all get back together on a special episode of Graham Norton’s chat show.

News of a comeback comes as a surprise, as neither Martin Freeman, Crook or Lucy Davies appeared in the 2016 film David Brent: Life On The Road.

And Gervais has not worked with The Office co-creator Stephen Merchant since Extras ended a decade ago, although he insists they have not fallen out, saying only last week: ‘It’s not a divorce thing.’

In the same interview with NME, to promote his Humanity stand-up special on Netflix,  Gervais restated that the movie would be the end of the line for Brent, saying: ‘I think so. I think Brent at 60 being a tampon rep, still trying to be a pop star might just be too much.’

Comments which makes today’s news all the more surprising.

Since The Office ended, Crook has created the universally acclaimed BBC Four comedy Detectorists and starred in Game Of Thrones, Pirates Of The Caribbean and Britannia. He said he ‘owes everything’ to The Office.

Freeman has had an equally stellar career, from The Hobbit to Sherlock to Fargo and Black Panther. He has previously said that an Office reunion would ruin the show’s memories.

He said in 2014: ‘One of the best things Ricky and Steve did was ending it and making it finite and making it something people look back and go, "I wish there was more of that", as opposed to doing loads and people saying, "I wish there was less of this". I'm glad not to be doing The Office any more, not for any career reason or any selfish reason, but as a punter, just as a viewer. I'm glad we're not ruining it.’

And Lucy Davis appears in the new Wonder Woman movie.

Life On The Road took a relatively modest £3.3million at the UK box office, but was subsequently picked up by Netflix.

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Published: 18 Mar 2018

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