But his real breakthrough came with the sleeper U.K. television hit "The Office" -- a scathing workplace satire that spawned a U.S. sitcom by the same name -- earning Gervais an Emmy and a Golden Globe award.
Making the move to the big screen, Gervais took on roles in movies such as For Your Consideration and Night at the Museum (both 2006), but he continued his wide variety of showbiz interests, including television cameo spots and stand-up comedy tours. He followed up his TV success with "Extras," a behind-the-scenes, decidedly less-than-glamorous look at the entertainment industry, for which he took home another Emmy in 2007 for his lead role.
British funnyman Ricky Gervais ("The Office," "Extras") stars in his first feature film lead as Bertram Pincus, a hapless gent who's pronounced dead, only to be brought back to life with an unexpected gift: a newfound ability to see ghosts. When Bertram crosses paths with the recently departed Frank Herlihy (Greg Kinnear), he gets pulled into Frank's desperate bid to break up his widowed wife's (Téa Leoni) pending marriage to another man.
- Night at the Museum
- Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb
- Night at the Museum 2
- For Your Consideration
- The Unbelievers
- Escape from Planet Earth
- The Office (U.S.)
- The Invention of Lying
- Life's Too Short
- Muppets Most Wanted
- Cemetery Junction
- An Idiot Abroad
- The Ricky Gervais Show
- The Office: Series 1
- The Office (U.K.)
- Extras: The Extra Special Series Finale
- Various Artists: Concert for Diana
- Ricky Gervais: Out of England