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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Ricky Gervais's After Life wins Netflix its first TV Choice Award

...on the day filming starts on series 2

Netflix has won its first TV Choice award – thanks to Ricky Gervais.

His show After Life claimed victory in the Best Comedy category of tonight’s awards ceremony. Winners are chosen based on public vote, and Gervais has 13.4million Twitter followers to mobilise.

Work has just started on the second series of the show, in which Gervais plays a man grieving for his wife, played in flashback by Kerry Godliman.

Gervais tweeted images from the set today, including the clapperboard and a picture of him laughing uproariously.

The cast of the second series has not been confirmed but is likely to include Ashley Jensen, Roisin Conaty, Diane Morgan, Tony Way, Mandeep Dhillon, Tom Basden, Penelope Wilton and Paul Kaye, all returning from series one.

In the first run Gervais’s character Tony had decided in his grief  there was nothing worth being polite about any longer, so said and acted as he pleased.

But it the last episode he had something of a revelation, and said: ‘I’m going to carry on saying and doing what I want and punishing the world, but I’m going to punish people who deserve it. I’m going to use my superpower for good.’

Last year the TV Choice award for best comedy was won by Benidorm – even thought ITV had cancelled it two months earlier.

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Published: 9 Sep 2019

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