Ricky Gervais

Biography: 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 business and managed a band called 'Suede' and after walking away from that, promoted a Queen tribute act. Following that Ricky joined XFM, a then small unlicensed radio station. It was here that he took on an assistant Steven Merchant, who would later become co-writer/director of The Office and Extras. Although Ricky wasn't hired to be a broadcaster, he quite fancied giving it a go and a nightly programme was slotted into the schedule. Eventually this became too much for him to handle by himself, so a lone late-night ten-hours became 120 minutes on a Sunday afternoon chatting to his mate Steven Merchant. They've been doing it off and on ever since. 'Meet Ricky Gervais' came hot on the heels of Ricky's popularity inBorn 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 business and managed a band called 'Suede' and after walking away from that, promoted a Queen tribute act. Following that Ricky joined XFM, a then small unlicensed radio station. It was here that he took on an assistant Steven Merchant, who would later become co-writer/director of The Office and Extras. Although Ricky wasn't hired to be a broadcaster, he quite fancied giving it a go and a nightly programme was slotted into the schedule. Eventually this became too much for him to handle by himself, so a lone late-night ten-hours became 120 minutes on a Sunday afternoon chatting to his mate Steven Merchant. They've been doing it off and on ever since. 'Meet Ricky Gervais' came hot on the heels of Ricky's popularity in the 11 O'Clock Show. Conceived as a chat show with games, the structure mainly served to allow Ricky the opportunity to further his comedic status. The show finished in October 2000, but Ricky and Steve had already been developing their ideas for an office-based mock documentary, and months if not years of work would come to fruition on 9 July 2001 when the BBC aired the first episode of The Office. Twelve episodes and a two-part Christmas special later and The Office is consigned to broadcasting history as one of the most perfectly crafted comedy series in British TV ever. Showered with awards and critical acclaim Ricky became a household name. Ricky then decided to put together a stand-up show to while away the evenings away from home during filming. The resulting 'Animals' tour, encompassing at least two theatres within a mile radius of his house, was a smash. This success was translated to his second stand up show entitled Politics. Ricky and Steven then wrote a second television series, Extras. Which has seen just as much success as The Office in the UK. Ricky has also found the time to write two books, named Flanimals and more recently More Flanimals aimed at children, although the richness of the illustrations and the inventiveness of the text combined with the pull of anything produced by Ricky give it universal appeal. A second series of Extras is in the pipeline along with a possible third stand up tour. Expand

Ricky Gervais' Scores

Average career score: 75
Highest Metascore: 98 The Office (UK): Season 1
Lowest Metascore: 62 The Ricky Gervais Show: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 12
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 12
  3. Negative: 0 out of 12
12 tv reviews
Title: Year: Credit: User score:
tbd Derek: Season 2 May 30, 2014 Derek / Writer / Director / Executive Producer 6.2
tbd The Graham Norton Show: Season 15 Apr 4, 2014 Guest tbd
tbd Alan Carr: Chatty Man: Season 12 Mar 28, 2014 Guest tbd
tbd Jimmy Kimmel Live: Season 12 Jan 6, 2014 Guest tbd
tbd The Daily Show: Season 19 Sep 30, 2013 Guest 7.7
64 Derek: Season 1 Jan 30, 2013 Derek / Writer / Director / Executive Producer 8.5
tbd The Daily Show: Season 18 Oct 1, 2012 Guest tbd
64 The Office: Season 9 Sep 20, 2012 Creator / Executive Producer 7.1
64 Life's Too Short Nov 10, 2011 Himself / Writer / Director / Creator 7.2
tbd Conan (2010): Season 2 Nov 7, 2011 Guest 8.8
tbd An Idiot Abroad: Season 2 Sep 23, 2011 Star / Executive Producer 8.2
tbd The Ricky Gervais Show: Season 2 Jan 14, 2011 Star / Executive Producer 9.3
tbd Late Night with Jimmy Fallon: Season 3 Jan 3, 2011 Guest 8.7
tbd The Daily Show: Season 16 Jan 3, 2011 Guest 8.3
64 Conan (2010): Season 1 Nov 8, 2010 Guest 8.7
tbd An Idiot Abroad: Season 1 Sep 23, 2010 Star / Executive Producer 8.2
62 The Ricky Gervais Show: Season 1 Feb 19, 2010 Star / Executive Producer 8.8
tbd The Daily Show: Season 15 Jan 4, 2010 Guest 10
78 The Office: Season 6 Sep 17, 2009 Creator / Executive Producer 7.5
tbd Late Show with David Letterman: Season 17 Aug 31, 2009 Guest tbd
tbd The Daily Show: Season 14 Jan 5, 2009 Guest 10
tbd The Office: Season 5 Sep 25, 2008 Creator / Executive Producer 8.5
tbd Late Show with David Letterman: Season 16 Sep 2, 2008 Guest tbd
tbd The Daily Show: Season 13 Jan 7, 2008 Guest 10
tbd The Office: Season 4 Sep 27, 2007 Creator / Executive Producer 8.7
tbd Late Show with David Letterman: Season 15 Sep 4, 2007 Guest tbd
85 The Office: Season 3 Sep 21, 2006 Writer / Creator / Executive Producer 9.0
88 Extras: Season 2 Sep 14, 2006 Andy Millman / Writer / Director / Executive Producer 8.7
tbd The Daily Show: Season 11 Jan 4, 2006 Guest 10
tbd The Office: Season 2 Sep 20, 2005 Creator / Executive Producer 8.8

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