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  • Ricky Gervais

    Born on June 25, 1961 in Reading, Berkshire, England

awards & nominations

Derek (2013)

Ricky Gervais as "Derek Noakes"

A documentary-style comedy-drama follows a group of people living on the fringe of society. At the group's core is Derek Noakes, a tender, ingenuous man who works at a retirement home. His love for his job and the people he cares for is evident in everything he does. Derek is in his 40s and is vulnerable to being ridiculed and ostracized because of his childlike nature, diminished intelligence and social awkwardness. Among his co-workers at the home are Dougie, his friend and landlord, and Hannah, his best friend who is smart and hard-working but unlucky in love. Writer-director Ricky Gervais stars in the title role, which is based on a character he created for his stand-up routine.

Emmy (Primetime) (2014) Nominated Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

Extras (2005)

Ricky Gervais as "Andy Millman"

Andy Millman is a British fellow who quits his day job to pursue fame and fortune in the film industry. Unfortunately, because of the ``good luck'' of real actors, Andy can't seem to land the big parts he'd like -- so he resigns himself to working as an extra. Through his travels, however, Andy gets to meet some of the biggest names in the business.

Golden Globe (2008) Nominated Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2008) Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series
Emmy (Primetime) (2007) Won Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

The Office (2005)

This U.S. adaptation -- set at a paper company in Scranton, Pa. -- has a similar documentary style to that of the Ricky Gervais-led British original. It features the Dunder-Mifflin staff, which includes characters based on roles in the British show -- and, quite possibly, people with whom you work in your office. There's Jim, the likable employee who's a bit of an every man. Jim has a thing for receptionist-turned-sales-rep Pam -- because office romances are always a good idea! There's also Dwight, the co-worker who is successful but devoid of social skills and common sense.

Golden Globe (2004) Won Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy

The Office (2002)

Ricky Gervais as "David Brent"

Insufferable middle-management type David Brent is the center of this mockumentary-style comedy set at a nondescript paper company in a nondescript office park in England. David doesn't realize that his employees -- among them beaten-down salesman Tim, under-appreciated receptionist Dawn and truly weird Gareth - put up with his feeble jokes and inappropriate behavior only because he signs the paychecks.

Golden Globe (2004) Won Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2003) Won Male Performance in a Comedy Programme
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2002) Won Male Performance in a Comedy Programme
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2001) Won Male Performance in a Comedy Programme

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