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Born on June 25, 1961, in Reading, England, Ricky Gervais got his start in show business performing stand-up comedy, managing a rock band and working in radio, which led to his hosting a comedy-variety program, "The Ricky Gervais Show," on a London radio station.

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.

Ricky Gervais in Stardust

Stardust

2007 PG-13

To win his true love's heart, wide-eyed Tristan Thorn journeys to a forbidden realm to retrieve a fallen star that has taken human form. But the star is being pursued by an evil witch and others looking to possess her celestial powers.

  • Ricky Gervais in Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb
  • Ricky Gervais in Night at the Museum Night at the Museum
  • Ricky Gervais in Night at the Museum 2 Night at the Museum 2
  • Ricky Gervais in Escape from Planet Earth Escape from Planet Earth
  • Ricky Gervais in The Invention of Lying The Invention of Lying
  • Ricky Gervais in Muppets Most Wanted Muppets Most Wanted
  • Ricky Gervais in For Your Consideration For Your Consideration
  • Ricky Gervais in The Office (U.S.) The Office (U.S.)
  • Ricky Gervais in Ghost Town Ghost Town
  • Ricky Gervais in The Unbelievers The Unbelievers
  • Ricky Gervais in Extras: The Extra Special Series Finale Extras: The Extra Special Series Finale
  • Ricky Gervais in Valiant Valiant
  • Ricky Gervais in Ricky Gervais: Out of England Ricky Gervais: Out of England
  • Ricky Gervais in The Office (U.K.) The Office (U.K.)
  • Ricky Gervais in The Office: Series 1 The Office: Series 1
  • Ricky Gervais in Extras Extras
  • Ricky Gervais in Various Artists: Concert for Diana Various Artists: Concert for Diana
  • Ricky Gervais in Cemetery Junction Cemetery Junction
  • Ricky Gervais in An Idiot Abroad An Idiot Abroad
  • Ricky Gervais in The Ricky Gervais Show The Ricky Gervais Show
  • Ricky Gervais in Life's Too Short Life's Too Short