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Ricky Gervais Trivia: 16 Facts About the British Comedian and Actor

Trivia for the famous British actor/comedian/writer/director/creator Ricky Gervais.
  1. Ricky Gervais was born in 1961 in Reading, England.
  2. He stands at 5' 8" (1.73 m).
  3. He is a very proud atheist, and he cracks up his audience with his religion-based jokes during his stand up shows.
  4. He has 4 BAFTA awards: one for Best Comedy Performance for his TV series Extras, the other three for The Office (UK) series.
  5. He has been dating English producer Jane Fallon since the early 80s. The couple attended the Golden Globes together.
  6. Ricky Gervais has been hosting the Golden Globes for 3 years.
  7. His Golden Globe jokes so far have targeted Robert Downey Jr.’s old drug habit and the funny names of his movies, Mel Gibson’s drinking and controversial comments, Paul McCartney’s divorce from Heather Mills, Charlie Sheen’s drinking and relationships with strippers, the not-so-deep characters of The Tourist, Cher’s decreasing popularity, Justin Bieber’s masculinity and a lot more.
  8. He also has 2 Emmys and 1 Golden Globe.
  9. He was in a pop band in the 80s, but it didn’t work out. But you can search the videos on Youtube to catch a much thinner and long-haired Gervais. The band’s name was Seona Dancing.
  10. During his comedy shows no subject is off limits, including poverty, hunger, religion, fat people, sexuality and others.
  11. He has been appearing on the screen as an actor since 1999.
  12. He has starred, co-created and co-wrote The Office (UK).
  13. His movie co-stars include Greg Kinnear, Téa Leoni (Ghost Town), Jennifer Garner, Rob Lowe, Jonah Hill, Jeffrey Tambor, Tina Fey (The Invention of Lying), Owen Wilson, Ben Stiller, Carla Cugino, Robin Williams, Kim Raver, (Night at the Museum),   Michelle Pfieffer, Robert De Niro, Claire Danes, Henry Cavill, Sienna Miller, Charlie Cox, Sarah Alexander, Ben Barnes (Stardust), Christian Cooke, Felicity Jones, Ralph Fiennes, Tom Hughes, Matthew Goode (Cemetery Junction), Amy Adams, Robin Williams, Owen Wilson, Ben Stiller, Hank Azaria, Bill Hader (Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian- the sequel to Night at the Museum), Catherine O'Hara, Eugene Levy, John Krasinski,  Parker Posey, Sandra Oh, Jane Lynch and Claire Forlani (For Your Consideration).
  14. He frequently works with fellow British actor/writer Stephen Merchant in writing, creating and starring.
  15. He is a fan of writer/director/actor Woody Allen.
  16. He worked with lots of famous actors in his comedy series Extras such as Ben Stiller, Kate Winslet, Orlando Bloom and Clive Owen. Extras were written and created by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant.

I hope you enjoyed the above trivia. I wasn't much of a fan of The Office, as it hit too close to home to be funny for me. But I watched all his sold-out shows (they are available on youtube), watched his Golden Globe presentations and the movies The Invention of Lying and Ghosttown. He makes me laugh, and I'm not the only one as he is one of the most popular, creative and one of the richest comedians around. Who could have guessed once a boy band member would be this big of a hit across several media?

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Resources:

imdb.com

Ricky Gervais interviews

Ricky Gervais movies

The Golden Globes (2010,2011,2012)

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Comments (3)

Interesting read. Thanks

I love the guy. I watch the American version of the Office, its great, also by him too. I also loved An Idiot Abroad. I follow him on twitter.... but sadly he does not follow me...

Great job on this one, voted!!!

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