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Ricky Dene Gervais[8] (/dʒərˈveɪz/; born 25 June 1961)[9] is an English stand-up comedian, actor, writer, producer, director, and singer. Gervais worked initially in the music industry, attempting a career as a pop star in the 1980s as the singer of the new wave act Seona Dancing and working as the manager of the then-unknown band Suede before turning to comedy. Gervais appeared on The 11 O'Clock Show
The 11 O'Clock Show
on Channel 4
Channel 4
between 1998 and 2000. In 2000, he was given a Channel 4 talk show, Meet Ricky Gervais, and then achieved greater mainstream fame a year later with his BBC
BBC
television series The Office. It was followed by Extras in 2005. He co-wrote and co-directed both series with Stephen Merchant. In addition to writing and directing the shows, he played the lead roles of David Brent
David Brent
in The Office
The Office
and Andy Millman in Extras. He reprised his role as Brent in the comedy film Life on the Road. Gervais began his stand-up career in the late 1990s. He has performed five multi-national stand-up comedy tours and wrote the Flanimals
Flanimals
book series. Gervais, Merchant and Karl Pilkington
Karl Pilkington
created the podcast, The Ricky Gervais
Ricky Gervais
Show, which has spawned various spin-offs starring Pilkington and produced by Gervais and Merchant.[10] He has also starred in the Hollywood films Ghost Town, and Muppets Most Wanted, and wrote, directed and starred in The Invention of Lying and the Netflix
Netflix
released Special
Special
Correspondents. He hosted the Golden Globe Awards in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2016, and appears on the game show Child Support. Gervais has won seven BAFTA
BAFTA
Awards, five British Comedy Awards, two Emmy Awards, three Golden Globe Awards
Golden Globe Awards
and the 2006 Rose d'Or, as well as a Screen Actors Guild Award
Screen Actors Guild Award
nomination. In a 2004 poll for the BBC, he was named the third most influential person in British culture.[11] In 2007, he was voted the 11th greatest stand-up comic on Channel 4's 100 Greatest Stand-Ups[12] and again in the updated 2010 list as the 3rd greatest stand-up comic.[13] In 2010, he was named on the Time 100 list of the world's most influential people.[14]

Contents

1 Early life 2 Career

2.1 Music 2.2 Radio

2.2.1 Podcast

2.3 Television

2.3.1 Early television appearances 2.3.2 The Office 2.3.3 Extras 2.3.4 The Ricky Gervais
Ricky Gervais
Show 2.3.5 Life's Too Short 2.3.6 An Idiot Abroad 2.3.7 Derek

2.4 Stand-up comedy

2.4.1 Animation 2.4.2 Guest star on television series 2.4.3 Entertainment 2.4.4 Talk
Talk
shows

2.5 Video games 2.6 Books

2.6.1 Flanimals 2.6.2 Published television scripts 2.6.3 Other books

2.7 Film 2.8 Other appearances 2.9 Concert for Diana
Concert for Diana
and Live Earth

3 Personal life 4 Social media 5 Charity work

5.1 Boxing 5.2 Animal rights

6 Filmography

6.1 Film 6.2 Television 6.3 Video games

7 Awards and nominations 8 References 9 Bibliography 10 Interviews 11 External links

Early life[edit] Gervais was born at Battle Hospital
Battle Hospital
in Reading. He was raised in Whitley, along with brother Larry (born 1945), sister Marsha (born 1948), and brother Robert (born 1950).[15] His father, Lawrence Raymond "Jerry" Gervais (1919–2002), a Franco-Ontarian
Franco-Ontarian
from Pain Court, Ontario, emigrated while on foreign duty during the Second World War and worked as a labourer and hod carrier.[16] He met Gervais' mother, Eva Sophia (née House; 1925–2000),[17] who was English, during a blackout; they settled in Whitley. She died, aged 74, of lung cancer.[18] He attended Whitley Park Infants and Junior Schools, and received his secondary education at Ashmead Comprehensive School; after a spell as a gardener at the University of Reading, he moved on to University College London
London
in 1980.[19][20] He intended to study biology but changed to philosophy after two weeks, and earned an upper second-class honours degree in the subject.[21] During his time at UCL, he met Jane Fallon, with whom he has been in a relationship since 1982.[22] He is the former boss of Coldplay
Coldplay
drummer Will Champion.[23] Career[edit] Music[edit] In 1983, during his final year as a student at UCL (University College London), Gervais and college friend Bill Macrae
Bill Macrae
formed the new wave pop duo, Seona Dancing. They were signed by London
London
Records, which released two of their singles—"More to Lose" and "Bitter Heart". The songs failed to chart inside the UK top 75.[24] Despite not being successful in the UK, Seona Dancing
Seona Dancing
did manage to score a hit in the Philippines
Philippines
with "More to Lose".[25] He also worked as the manager for Suede before they became successful in the 1990s.[26] In 2013, Gervais performed a live tour as David Brent
David Brent
along with a band under the name "Foregone Conclusion". Gervais and the band performed songs written under the Brent character including songs such as "Equality Street" and "Free Love Freeway".[27] Gervais also produced a series of YouTube
YouTube
videos under the title 'Learn Guitar with David Brent', featuring acoustic guitar versions of nine songs. In 2016, as part of the 'Life on Road' film promotion, Gervais published the ' David Brent
David Brent
Songbook' [28] containing 15 songs. These were also recorded for the album 'Life on the road', under the name of David Brent
David Brent
and Foregone Conclusion. Radio[edit] Gervais worked as an assistant events manager for the University of London
London
Union (ULU), then moved from ULU to a job as head of speech at the alternative radio station Xfm.[29] Needing an assistant, Gervais interviewed the first person whose curriculum vitae he saw. It belonged to Stephen Merchant.[30] In 1998 Gervais was made redundant when the station was taken over by the Capital Radio
Capital Radio
group.[31] Around this time he was also a regular contributor to Mary Anne Hobbs' Radio 1 show, performing vox pop interviews in unlikely locations.[32] After the first series of The Office, Gervais and Merchant returned to Xfm in November 2001 for a Saturday radio show. This was when the pair first worked with Karl Pilkington, who produced the shows and later collaborated with them on their series of podcasts.[33] In October 2017, Gervais began hosting the weekly radio show Ricky Gervais
Ricky Gervais
Is Deadly Sirius on Sirius XM.[34] Podcast[edit] See also: The Ricky Gervais Show
The Ricky Gervais Show
and List of The Ricky Gervais
Ricky Gervais
Show episodes On 5 December 2005, Guardian Unlimited
Guardian Unlimited
began offering free weekly podcasts, including The Ricky Gervais Show
The Ricky Gervais Show
featuring Gervais, Merchant, and Karl Pilkington.[35] Throughout January and February 2006 the podcast was consistently ranked the number-one podcast in the world; it appeared in the 2007 Guinness World Record
Guinness World Record
for the world's most-downloaded podcast, having gained an average of 261,670 downloads per episode during its first month.[36] Two more series—each with six podcasts—were released between February and September 2006. In late 2006, three more free podcasts were released. Together called "The Podfather Trilogy", they debuted individually at Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas.[37] These three were known by Ricky and Steve as "The Fourth Season". In October 2007 another free full-length podcast was released through iTunes; this podcast was originally given out for free during a performance of Gervais' Fame tour in London. On 25 November 2007 Gervais, Merchant and Pilkington released another free full-length podcast, which lasted just over an hour. In August 2008, Gervais, Merchant and Pilkington recorded their fifth season of audiobooks, totaling 4 chapters, which were released on 16 September 2008. These audiobooks were described as the 'guide to...' series, covering several topics. As of May 2011, there are 12 "Guides" in total: Medicine, Natural History, Arts, Philosophy, The English, Society, Law & Order, The Future, The Human Body, The Earth, The World Cup 2010, and Comic Relief.[38] The conversations typically begin on topic, but constantly stray away from the topic at hand. Television[edit] Early television appearances[edit]

Gervais at the 60th British Academy Film Awards
60th British Academy Film Awards
in 2007

Gervais has contributed to the BAFTA-winning The Sketch Show (ITV), penning several sketches. His mainstream-TV debut came in September 1998 as part of Channel 4's "Comedy Lab" series of pilots. His one-off show Golden Years focused on a David Bowie–obsessed character called Clive Meadows.[39] Gervais then came to much wider national attention with an obnoxious, cutting persona featured in a topical slot that replaced Ali G's segments on the satirical Channel 4
Channel 4
comedy programme The 11 O'Clock Show in early 1999, in which his character used as many expletives as was possible and produced an inordinate amount of politically incorrect statements. Among the other regular featured comedians on the show was Mackenzie Crook, later a co-star of The Office. Two years later, Gervais went on to present his own comedy chat show for Channel 4 called Meet Ricky Gervais; it was poorly received and has since been mocked by Gervais himself. Throughout this time, Gervais also wrote for the BBC
BBC
sketch show Bruiser and The Jim Tavare
Jim Tavare
Show.[40] The Office[edit] Main article: The Office
The Office
(UK TV series) The Office
The Office
started when Stephen Merchant, while on a BBC
BBC
production course, had to make his own short film. In August 1999 he made a docu-soap parody, set in an office, with help from Ash Atalla, who was shown a 7-minute video called 'The Seedy Boss', thus David Brent
David Brent
was created, Merchant passed this tape on to the BBC's Head of Entertainment Paul Jackson at the Edinburgh Fringe, who then passed it on to Head of Comedy Jon Plowman, who eventually commissioned a full-pilot script from Merchant and Gervais.[41] The first six-episode series of The Office
The Office
aired in the UK in July and August 2001 to little fanfare or attention.[42] Word-of-mouth, repeats, and DVDs helped spread the word, building up momentum and anticipation for the second series, also comprising six episodes.[43] Following the success of The Office's second series, Gervais was named the most powerful person in TV comedy by Radio Times.[44] In 2004, The Office
The Office
won the Golden Globes
Golden Globes
for Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy and Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy for Gervais, who said in a 2015 BBC interview that the award was the gateway to America for him.[45] The Office
The Office
brand has since been remade for audiences in Sweden, France, Germany, Quebec, Brazil and the United States.[46] Gervais and Merchant are producers of the American version, and they also co-wrote the episode "The Convict" for the show's third season.[47] Gervais has said that the episode "Training" is his favourite, where Brent plays his guitar and sings. Extras[edit] Main article: Extras (TV series) Extras had its debut on the BBC
BBC
on 21 July 2005; directed by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, the sitcom ran for twelve episodes and starred Gervais as Andy Millman, a background artist. Millman is more self-aware and intentionally humorous than Gervais' The Office character David Brent. Guest stars on the first series of Extras include Ross Kemp, Les Dennis, Patrick Stewart, Vinnie Jones, Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Stiller, Kate Winslet
Kate Winslet
and Francesca Martinez. A second series began on 14 September 2006 in the UK and featured appearances by Daniel Radcliffe, Dame Diana Rigg, Orlando Bloom, Sir Ian McKellen, Chris Martin, Keith Chegwin, Robert Lindsay, Warwick Davis, Ronnie Corbett, Stephen Fry, Richard Briers, Patricia Potter, Sophia Myles, Moira Stuart, David Bowie, Kate Winslet, Robert De Niro
Robert De Niro
and Jonathan Ross.[48]

Gervais (right) with Jonathan Ross
Jonathan Ross
at Live 8
Live 8
in July 2005

A Christmas special of Extras aired on 27 December 2007 in the UK and on 16 December 2007 in the US, featuring guest appearances by George Michael, Clive Owen, Gordon Ramsay, Jonathan Ross
Jonathan Ross
and David Tennant. Gervais was influenced by Curb Your Enthusiasm, in making Extras, particularly in the format of celebrities making fools of themselves or subverting their public personas.[49] In 2007, Gervais won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for his portrayal of Andy Millman
Andy Millman
in the second series of Extras. As Gervais was not present at the awards ceremony, the trophy was accepted on his behalf by Steve Carell, the actor who starred as regional manager Michael Scott – the counterpart to Gervais' David Brent
David Brent
– on the American adaptation of The Office.[50] The Guardian's Chris Tryhorn explained the "few gripes" he had with Extras, "particularly in the second series". "You can forgive Gervais a certain arrogance after the success of The Office, but..." He remarks on the confused tone of the series, taking in the clash between the broad comedy of characters Barry (Shaun Williamson) and Darren (Stephen Merchant), and the apparent parody of this style with When The Whistle Blows, and "given their total indulgence of Gervais, the BBC
BBC
is portrayed as interfering, its comedy department run by a rather crudely stereotyped gay couple".[51] The Ricky Gervais
Ricky Gervais
Show[edit] The Ricky Gervais Show
The Ricky Gervais Show
is an animated TV show that debuted on US cable network HBO
HBO
on 19 February 2010.[52][53] In the UK, the first series began airing on 23 April 2010 on Channel 4. The show was developed using original podcast recordings from The Ricky Gervais Show
The Ricky Gervais Show
starring Gervais, Stephen Merchant, and Karl Pilkington. After receiving a loyal and enthusiastic following in the US, cable channel HBO recommissioned the show for a second series, which aired in 2011,[54] and a third series which started airing in April 2012. Life's Too Short[edit] Main article: Life's Too Short (TV series) Life's Too Short began airing on BBC Two
BBC Two
on 10 November 2011.[55][56] Gervais and Stephen Merchant
Stephen Merchant
would write this observational sitcom from an idea by Warwick Davis. It is described by Gervais as being about "the life of a showbiz dwarf" and as "a cross between Extras and The Office". The show stars actor Davis playing a fictionalized version of himself, as well as Gervais and Merchant.[57] Premium cable channel HBO, who co-produced the series with the BBC, had the US rights and began airing the series on 19 February 2012.[58][59] An Idiot Abroad[edit] Main article: An Idiot Abroad An Idiot Abroad
An Idiot Abroad
is a travel documentary produced by Gervais and Merchant where a reluctant Pilkington travels around the world, while his reactions to people and places is recorded. Occasionally, Gervais and Merchant call him to surprise him with a new place to visit or a task to do. Pilkington reports back to them and mostly complains about the situation he is in. Gervais said there is no planning, a camera crew follows his friend around recording many hours of film which Gervais edits down to about an hour each episode.[60] To date two series and a Christmas special have aired, series one involves Pilkington visiting the Seven Wonders of the World, in the second show he chooses to complete tasks from a bucket list provided by Gervais and in the special Warwick Davis
Warwick Davis
joins Pilkington on a journey following Marco Polo's route from Italy to China. Derek[edit] Main article: Derek (TV series) In November 2011, Gervais filmed in London
London
a 35-minute pilot episode for a potential comedy-drama series called Derek, which aired on Channel 4
Channel 4
on 12 April 2012.[61][62] The pilot is solely written and directed by Gervais and features him in the title role of Derek Noakes, a 49-year-old retirement home worker, who "loves animals, Rolf Harris, Jesus, Deal or No Deal, Million Pound Drop and Britain's Got Talent. The character first appeared in a 2001 Edinburgh Festival Fringe sketch as an aspiring comedian who loves animals and still lives with his mother.[63][64] Gervais' co-host Karl Pilkington
Karl Pilkington
makes his acting debut as Derek's friend and facilities-caretaker Dougie who also works in the retirement home. British comedian Kerry Godliman plays Derek's best friend Hannah and David Earl plays Kev.[65] Gervais said that the series is about "kindness [being] more important than anything else". He added "It's about the forgotten – everyone's forgotten. It's all these arbitrary people who didn't know each other, and they're in there now because they're in the last years of their life. And it's about the people who help them, who themselves are losers and have their own problems. It's about a bunch of people with nothing, but making the most of it, and they're together." He chose to set the sitcom in a retirement home after he watched Secret Millionaire – "It was always these people with huge problems who were helping other people. I thought about having Derek help old people because no one cares about old people in this country... I think it's perfect for now."[66] Channel 4
Channel 4
commissioned a full series of Derek that aired in early 2013.[67] Derek was re-commissioned for a second series which premiered on 23 April 2014.[68] Derek ended with a one-off final special,[69] broadcast on Channel 4
Channel 4
in the UK 22 December 2014. Stand-up comedy[edit] Gervais began his stand-up career in the late 1990s; his first successful show took place at the Cafe Royal, as part of the 2001 Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Titled Rubbernecker, the show also featured Jimmy Carr, Robin Ince
Robin Ince
and Stephen Merchant. Gervais later toured the UK in 2003 with his stand-up show Animals. The Politics tour followed a year later. Both of these shows were recorded for release on DVD and television broadcast. The third part of the themed live trilogy, Fame, took place in 2007. It started in Glasgow
Glasgow
in January and ended in Sheffield
Sheffield
in April. Blackpool
Blackpool
reported selling out of tickets within 45 minutes of them going on sale.[70]

Gervais performing in 2007

Newsnight Review's panel saw Animals during its Bloomsbury run and covered it in January 2003. They were not favourable, with Private Eye editor Ian Hislop
Ian Hislop
saying it was "cobbled together...banal...a bit flat".[71] After this, Gervais closed each show by calling Hislop an "ugly little pug-faced cunt".[72][73] Fame was the subject of some controversy in January 2007 when Gervais told a story, ostensibly about how people will do anything to become famous, referring to the murder of prostitutes in Ipswich.[74] Gervais' fourth show was entitled Science, and commenced with an eleven-date tour in August 2009 at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre in Glasgow.[75] The DVD for Science was released on 15 November 2010.[76] In November 2009 he headlined the sixth annual New York Comedy Festival at Carnegie Hall.[77] In 2013, Gervais announced that his next stand up show will be called Humanity.[78] In December 2014, he said he was too busy to do his tour due to producing two films.[79] In May 2016, Gervais was back doing stand up in London, starting with some low key warm-ups with cast members from Derek.[80] He said, "Finally, I'm going to do some stand-up. The first in about six years if you don't count hosting the Golden Globes." He continued his Humanity show throughout 2017 and into 2018; appearing at SF Sketchfest
SF Sketchfest
as part of the tour, which devoted a night in honor of the comedian, alongside comedic legend and mentor Christopher Guest.[81] Animation[edit] One of the first animations Gervais voiced was the character of Penguin in Robbie the Reindeer's Legend of the Lost Tribe.[82] Gervais guest-starred in an episode of The Simpsons
The Simpsons
entitled "Homer Simpson, This Is Your Wife". He is the only British comic to write and star in a Simpsons episode. The episode was the highest rated in Sky One's history; it revolved around the angle that Gervais was the episode's sole writer (and the first guest star on the show to also receive a writing credit for the episode of his appearance). Gervais clarified the extent of his input in a joint interview (with Christopher Guest) for Dazed and Confused magazine (January 2006): "No, all I did was put down a load of observations on an email and they made it look like a Simpsons script. I'm going to get the credit, but I think everyone in the industry knows it was a joint effort". Asked in a separate interview about how his idea for the episode (in which Homer swaps Marge on a game show) came about, Gervais replied:

I've always been fascinated with reality game shows but I think it was my girlfriend's idea. We watch Celebrity Big Brother at the moment, we watch I'm a Celebrity, Get Me out of Here... we watch all those reality TV shows — The Office
The Office
came out of those docu-soaps".[83]

Gervais, a longstanding Simpsons fan, presented a segment to mark the show's 20th anniversary on BBC
BBC
Two's The Culture Show on 16 June 2007. In 2012, Gervais made a guest appearance on Family Guy
Family Guy
in the episode titled "Be Careful What You Fish For". In the episode, Gervais plays a dolphin named Billy Finn who gives Peter Griffin
Peter Griffin
a Mercedes-Benz
Mercedes-Benz
hood ornament, Peter half-heartedly promises a favor to him. Soon, Billy moves to Quahog but outstays his welcome at Peter's. Peter tries to reunite Billy with his ex-wife in hopes that he will return to the ocean. The episode also featured Lucy Davis. Both Gervais and Davis starred together in The Office.[84] Guest star on television series[edit] Gervais had a cameo role in Simon Pegg's and Jessica Hynes's sitcom Spaced, as Dave, an estate agent who mistakenly placed the advertisement for a property for a couple that turns out to be the premise of the show.[85] In season 8 episode 6 The Hero of the HBO
HBO
series Curb Your Enthusiasm, Gervais was a guest at Larry David's dinner table. He played a version of himself, an egocentic self-promoting actor that annoyed David's character who was desperate for attention.[86] Gervais has also guest-starred on Alias (appearing in the third-season episode "Façade") as Daniel Ryan, a former Royal Navy bomb-disposal specialist turned rogue Irish Republican Army
Irish Republican Army
bomb-maker.[87] Louis C.K.
Louis C.K.
had Gervais play Dr. Ben, his doctor on two episodes of his series Louie. Gervais would break into his trademark hysterical laugh every time his character made Louie the butt of a joke.[88] Early in 2015, Gervais guest starred in Galavant, a four-week comedy mini-series, as Xanax the magician. The show aired on ABC and Gervais got to show off his singing skills.[89][90] Entertainment[edit] Gervais made a cameo appearance on Saturday Night Live
Saturday Night Live
in a Digital Short during which he joked that The Office
The Office
was adapted from a Japanese programme of the same name (with Steve Carell
Steve Carell
reprising his role as Michael Scott). The sketch re-creates scenes from the American and British pilot episode with Japanese elements (although in an exaggerated way). "It's funny", Gervais laughs at the end, "because it's racist".[91] Gervais hosted the 67th, 68th, 69th and 73rd Golden Globe
Golden Globe
Awards, his appearance in 2010 made him the first master of ceremonies since 1995. He stated:

"I have resisted many other offers like this, but there are just some things you don't turn down."[92]

His performance as host received a mixed response with positive reviews from the New York Daily News
New York Daily News
and the Associated Press, but also some negative comments from The Hollywood Reporter.[93][94] His 2011 hosting of the awards was controversial for his edgy jokes that were at the expense of many of the nominees, similar to the New York Friars Club roast style jokes.[95] His jibes were described as setting "a corrosive tone" by one critic, though some celebrities were seen crying from laughter, leaving the overall reaction to be 'mixed'.[96][97] Gervais responded, "They are my friends, but I had to play the outsider."[45] Gervais was a guest judge on Jerry Seinfeld's NBC show The Marriage Ref alongside Larry David
Larry David
and Madonna.[98] Talking Funny, which first aired on 28 April 2011, starred Gervais and fellow standup comedians Louis C.K., Chris Rock, and Jerry Seinfeld, they had an informal round-table discussion on standup comedy. This one off HBO
HBO
special was well received by critics & audience alike.[99][100][101] In 2013, Gervais guest starred in David Blaine: Real or Magic, a television special where Blaine proceeded to run a large needle through his forearm in front of Gervais.[102] Talk
Talk
shows[edit] In January 2006, Gervais interviewed Larry David
Larry David
in a one-off special, Ricky Gervais
Ricky Gervais
Meets... Larry David. On 25 and 26 December of the same year Channel 4
Channel 4
aired similar specials in which he interviewed the actor/comedian Christopher Guest
Christopher Guest
and comedian Garry Shandling. There are no plans for further episodes of Meets..., although editions with John Cleese
John Cleese
and Matt Groening
Matt Groening
were recorded in 2006 for broadcast in 2007. A source claimed, "The Shandling experience put him off for good".[103] In January 2009, Gervais was a guest on BravoTV Inside the Actors Studio season 15 with James Lipton, where at one point of the interview he answered Lipton's question as David Brent
David Brent
his character from The Office. Brent obliged the audience by singing his song "Freelove Freeway" with a guitar supplied to him by Lipton.[104] Gervais has been on The Late Show with David Letterman
The Late Show with David Letterman
26 times.[105] In 2008, he helped Letterman read out the Late Show Top Ten List, Top Ten Stupid Things Americans Say To Brits.[106] In mid 2014, upon hearing that Letterman was up for retirement, Gervais jokingly tried to discourage him by suggesting they go on a road trip where they would spend all their money. [107] The Graham Norton Show
The Graham Norton Show
based in UK has invited Gervais many times over the years. He has been on Norton's couch with Stephen Merchant, the co-creator & co-writer of The Office, to promote Cemetery Junction. Another time, he was there to talk about his series Life's Too Short and Johnny Depp
Johnny Depp
who was there to promote his own film was also present.[108][109] Video games[edit] Gervais is one of two featured comedians (the other being Katt Williams) in the video game Grand Theft Auto IV
Grand Theft Auto IV
who performs at the Split Sides comedy club on the virtual stand-up stage and as an interviewee on the in game radio station We Know The Truth. For the stand-up bit a special 3-minute act was written, recorded and fully motion-captured.[110] Books[edit] Flanimals[edit] Gervais released a children's book in 2004, Flanimals
Flanimals
(illustrated by Rob Steen), which depicted nonsense animals. After the success of this book, he released its sequel More Flanimals
Flanimals
in 2005, with Flanimals
Flanimals
of the Deep coming the next year. A new Flanimals
Flanimals
book, Flanimals: The Day of the Bletchling, was released in October 2007. Flanimals: Pop Up was also published in 2009.[111] There is a wide range of Flanimals merchandise available, including dolls and gift cards. Published television scripts[edit] The Office
The Office
scripts have been released in book form, with Series 1 issued in 2002,[112] and the remaining episodes following in 2003.[113] Extras: The Illustrated Scripts: Series 1 & 2 has been released, as well.[114] Other books[edit] The World of Karl Pilkington
Karl Pilkington
presented by Gervais and Merchant. These were essentially transcripts of Xfm shows podcasts and featured illustrations by Pilkington.[115] Film[edit] Gervais' film career has included small roles as the voice of a pigeon Bugsy, in 2005's Valiant,[116] as a studio executive in 2006's For Your Consideration,[117] as museum director Dr. McPhee in 2006's Night at the Museum and its sequels Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian and Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, and as "Ferdy the Fence" in the 2007 film Stardust.[118] Gervais starred in Ghost Town as a dentist who sees spirits,[119] and was in Lowell, Massachusetts
Lowell, Massachusetts
during May 2008 filming his next project, The Invention of Lying, which he starred in along with, Jennifer Garner, Rob Lowe
Rob Lowe
and Louis C.K.. The social comedy, was co-written and co-directed by Gervais and Matt Robinson.[120] Gervais and co-writer Stephen Merchant
Stephen Merchant
made a film called Cemetery Junction, set in 1970s Britain, about class, love and fulfilment.[121] The film was released in April 2010. Gervais directed and starred in, Special
Special
Correspondents, which began filming in May 2015.[122][123] The comedy stars Eric Bana
Eric Bana
as a journalist and Gervais as his assistant. They pretend to report news from a war torn country but in actuality they are safe in New York.[124] The film was released on Netflix. Gervais directed and starred in the 2016 film David Brent: Life on the Road, a mockumentary following David Brent, a character first seen in The Office
The Office
series, as he lives his dream of being a rockstar.[125][126] On 5 November 2015 Gervais signed up to play Ika Chu, a villainous cat, in an animated film Blazing Samurai. The movie is about a dog Hank played by Michael Cera who wants to be a warrior and fights with Ika Chu for the town of Kakamucho.[127] Other appearances[edit]

Ricky Gervais
Ricky Gervais
performing at Tribeca Performing Arts Center
Tribeca Performing Arts Center
in 2007

On 2 July 2005, Gervais appeared at the Live 8
Live 8
event held in London's Hyde Park, where he performed his famous dance.[128] Concert for Diana
Concert for Diana
and Live Earth[edit] On 1 July 2007, Gervais performed at the Concert for Diana
Concert for Diana
in Wembley Stadium, a music event celebrating the life of Princess Diana 10 years after her death.[129] Towards the end of the event—after a pre-recorded introduction from Ben Stiller—Gervais appeared along with fellow Office star Mackenzie Crook. They performed "Free Love Freeway", a song previously heard in the fourth episode of series one of The Office. Due to a technical problem, Gervais then had to fill time until he was able to re-introduce Elton John
Elton John
to close the show, so he did the David Brent
David Brent
dance again, as well as singing the "Little Fat Man" song as performed by David Bowie
David Bowie
in episode two of the second series of Extras.[130] In July 2007, following Gervais' appearance at the memorial concert for the Princess of Wales, The Guardian
The Guardian
ran a column by Daily Mirror television critic Jim Shelley entitled "Call Me Crazy... But Has Ricky Gervais Lost It?", where he described Gervais as a "tiresome embarrassment". The following week, The Guardian
The Guardian
noted that Gervais had responded with "an exhilaratingly foul-mouthed tirade" on his website, concluding with the sentence "yes I am resting on my fucking laurels you cunt!" In this video, Gervais mocked Jim Shelley typing the words "resting on his laurels" as Gervais jokingly lashed out by stating that he was resting on his laurels and that he was not going to make another show for television, quipping: "What's the point? What is there to beat?"[131] Personal life[edit] Gervais lives between Hampstead,[132] and New York City,[133] with his partner, producer and author Jane Fallon, whom he has been with since 1982. He says they chose not to marry because "there's no point in us having an actual ceremony before the eyes of God because there is no God" or have children because they "didn't fancy dedicating 16 years of our lives. And there are too many children, of course".[134] Gervais is a staunch supporter of gay rights and has praised the introduction of same sex marriage in England and Wales, calling it "a victory for all of us" and stated "anything that promotes equality, promotes progress." He added: "You can't take equality 'too far'."[135] He identifies as an atheist[136] and a humanist,[137] and states he abandoned Christianity
Christianity
at the age of eight. In December 2010, he wrote an editorial for The Wall Street Journal
The Wall Street Journal
defending his atheism.[138] He is a patron of Humanists UK, a British charity which promotes the humanist worldview and campaigns for a secular state and on human rights issues.[137] Gervais is a music fan and has stated that his hero is David Bowie, and his favourite song "Letter to Hermione".[139][140] He has also stated that his first experience of a live music gig was watching Iggy Pop.[141] In 2013, he wrote that Lou Reed
Lou Reed
was "One of the greatest artists of our time" following his death.[142] He is a UFC fan saying "I love the UFC and I can't get enough of it."[143] In June 2017, Gervais endorsed Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn
Jeremy Corbyn
in the 2017 UK general election. He tweeted: "OK. I'm not telling you how to vote, but this is a fact. The only vote that will keep Theresa May out is a vote for @jeremycorbyn. Cheers."[144] Social media[edit] He joined Twitter
Twitter
in December 2009 when he first hosted the 66th Golden Globes.[145] After a two-year hiatus, he returned in September 2011.[146] In 2012, Gervais won a Shorty Award
Shorty Award
for Lifetime Achievement for his popular presence on social media.[147] As of March 2015 he was followed by 7 million fans whom he calls 'Twonks'.[148] He uses social media to promote his work to his fans. After 10 years Gervais brought back his character Brent on his YouTube
YouTube
channel in a web series Learn Guitar with David Brent.[149][150] Gervais uses many ways to promote his new series, for example for Derek, he posts contests or questions for his fans.[151] Gervais uses social media to raise awareness of animal welfare. He tweets links to petitions to rescue animals from captivity, he highlights the plight of animals being used for testing, and he encourages people to adopt dogs instead of buying them from breeders.[152] Gervais won the Genesis Award
Genesis Award
from the Humane Society in March 2015 for his contribution to raising awareness for animal welfare on social media.[153] In 2014, he was named most influential London
London
Twitter
Twitter
user.[154] Charity work[edit] Boxing[edit] In 2002, Gervais took part in a charity boxing match against Grant Bovey, for the UK charity telethon Comic Relief. He was trained for the three-round contest by famous boxing trainer brothers Frank and Eugene Maloney, at their Fight Factory gymnasium. It was the second televised charity boxing match, the first being Bob Mortimer
Bob Mortimer
against Les Dennis. The fight was televised by the BBC, and Gervais came out on top by a split decision verdict.[155][156] He donated his £5,000 prize money to the training of a Macmillan nurse who specialised in cancer support. Animal rights[edit] Gervais is a supporter of animal rights and has stated that he will leave his fortune to animal charities.[157] He has spoken out against fox hunting and bullfighting, and wrote to then British Prime Minister Gordon Brown
Gordon Brown
urging him to stop the use of black bear fur as caps for the Foot Guards.[158] In 2013, Gervais was named Person of the Year by PETA
PETA
for his work on curbing animal abuse.[159] For PETA
PETA
Gervais voiced a rabbit and Pink played an alligator in an awareness advertisement.[160] Gervais named an Asian black bear, also known as a moonbear, Derek after his character Derek Noakes from his series Derek.[161] In December 2013, Gervais bought a $1000 cake shaped like a moonbear to raise funds for Animal Asia.[162] Gervais is active in the prevention of illegal wildlife trade; he supported the handing over of ivory trinkets to the Metropolitan police in London.[163] In 2015, Gervais donated a signed acoustic guitar to help raise funds for Story Book Farm Primate Sanctuary in Ontario, Canada, with a special call-out to Pockets Warhol.[164][165][166] In 2017, Gervais was awarded the prestigious Lord Houghton Award for Service to Animal Welfare from Animal Defenders International.[167] Filmography[edit] Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes

2001 Dog Eat Dog Bouncer

2005 Valiant Bugsy (voice)

2006 For Your Consideration Martin Gibb

Night at the Museum Dr. McPhee

2007 Stardust Ferdy the Fence

2008 Ghost Town Dr. Bertram Pincus

2009 Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian Dr. McPhee

The Invention of Lying Mark Bellison Also director, writer, producer

2010 Cemetery Junction Len Taylor Also director, writer, executive producer

2011 Spy Kids: All the Time in the World Argonaut (voice)

The Muppets Himself Deleted scenes only (cut from theatrical release)

2013 The Unbelievers Himself Documentary

Escape from Planet Earth Mr. James Bing (voice)

2014 Muppets Most Wanted Dominic Badguy

Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb Dr. McPhee

2015 The Little Prince The Conceited Man (voice)

2016 Special
Special
Correspondents Ian Finch Also director, producer and writer

David Brent: Life on the Road David Brent

2018 Blazing Samurai Ika Chu (voice)

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes

1999 The Jim Tavaré
Jim Tavaré
Show Various characters 7 episodes Writer of 12 episodes

Comedy Lab Clive Meadows Episode: "Golden Years" Also writer

2000 The 11 O'Clock Show Various 20 episodes

Bruiser N/A Writer of 5 episodes

Meet Ricky Gervais Himself (host) 6 episodes

2001 Spaced Dave Episode: "Dissolution"

2001–2003 The Office
The Office
(UK TV series) David Brent 15 episodes Also co-creator, writer, director

2002 Robbie the Reindeer in Legend of the Lost Tribe Penguin (voice) TV Special

2003 Happiness Himself Episode: "Real Dancing"

Ricky Gervais
Ricky Gervais
Live: Animals Himself Stand-up Special

2004 Ricky Gervais
Ricky Gervais
Live 2: Politics Himself Stand-up Special

Alias Daniel Ryan Episode: "Façade"

2005–2013 The Office
The Office
(U.S. TV series) David Brent 2 episodes

2005–2007 Extras Andy Millman 13 episodes Also co-creator, writer, director, executive producer

2006 The Simpsons Charles Heathbar (voice) Episode: "Homer Simpson, This Is Your Wife" Also writer

2007 Ricky Gervais
Ricky Gervais
Live 3: Fame Himself Stand-up Special

2008 Ricky Gervais: Out of England - The Stand-Up Special Himself Stand-up Special

2009 Sesame Street Himself 3 episodes

SpongeBob SquarePants Narrator (uncredited) Episode: "SpongeBob's Truth or Square"

2010 67th Golden Globe
Golden Globe
Awards Himself (host) TV Special

2010–2012 The Ricky Gervais
Ricky Gervais
Show Himself (voice)[168] 39 episodes Also co-creator, writer, executive producer

2010–2012 An Idiot Abroad Himself 21 episodes Also co-creator, executive producer

2010 Louie Dr. Ben 2 episodes

Ricky Gervais: Out of England 2 - The Stand-Up Special Himself Stand-up Special

Ricky Gervais
Ricky Gervais
Live 4: Science Himself Stand-up Special

2011 68th Golden Globe
Golden Globe
Awards Himself (host) TV Special

2011, 2013 Life's Too Short Himself 7 episodes Also co-creator, writer, director, executive producer

2011 The Simpsons Himself (voice) Episode: "Angry Dad: The Movie"

Curb Your Enthusiasm Himself Episode: "The Hero"

2012 69th Golden Globe
Golden Globe
Awards Himself (host) TV Special

Family Guy Billy Finn (voice) Episode: "Be Careful What You Fish For"

2012–2014 Derek Derek Noakes 14 episodes Also creator, writer, director, executive producer

2015 Galavant Xanax Episode: "Dungeons and Dragon Lady"

BoJack Horseman Hedgehog (voice) Episode: "Out to Sea"

2016 73rd Golden Globe
Golden Globe
Awards Himself (host) TV Special

2018 Child Support Himself Also creator, executive producer

2018 Ricky Gervais: Humanity Himself Stand-Up Special

Video games[edit]

Year Title Voice

2005 Resident Evil 4 Manic Brent

2006 Scarface: The World Is Yours Englishman

2008 Grand Theft Auto IV Himself

2009 Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian Dr. McPhee

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result

2002 British Academy Television Awards Best Situation Comedy The Office Won

Best Comedy Performance Won

British Comedy Awards Best Comedy Actor Won

Broadcasting Press Guild Awards Writer's Award Won

Royal Television Society Best Actor - Male Nominated

2003 British Academy Television Awards Best Situation Comedy Won

Best Comedy Performance Won

Broadcasting Press Guild Awards Writer's Award Won

Royal Television Society Best Comedy Performance Won

TCA Awards Outstanding Achievement in Comedy Nominated

2004 Golden Globe
Golden Globe
Award Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy Won

Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy Won

British Academy Television Awards Best Situation Comedy Won

Best Comedy Performance Won

British Comedy Awards Best TV Comedy Actor Nominated

Writers of the Year Won

Royal Television Society Best Comedy Performance Nominated

TCA Awards Individual Achievement in Comedy Won

Outstanding Achievement in Comedy Nominated

2005 British Comedy Awards Best TV Comedy Extras Nominated

Best New TV Comedy Nominated

Best TV Comedy Actor Nominated

Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special The Office
The Office
Christmas specials Nominated

TCA Awards TCA Award for Outstanding Achievement in Movies, Miniseries and Specials The Office Won

2006 Writers Guild of America Award Television: Comedy Series Nominated

Television: New Series Nominated

British Academy Television Awards Best Situation Comedy Extras Nominated

Best Writer Nominated

Banff World Television Festival Best Comedy Program Won

British Comedy Awards Best TV Comedy Nominated

Best TV Comedy Actor Nominated

Broadcasting Press Guild Awards Best Comedy/Entertainment Nominated

Rose d'Or
Rose d'Or
Light Entertainment Festival[169] Honorary Rose for Exceptional Contribution to the Global Entertainment Business Won

Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Comedy Series The Office Won

Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series Extras Nominated

TCA Awards Outstanding Achievement in Comedy The Office Won

Program of the Year Nominated

Satellite Award Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy Nominated

2007 Writers Guild of America Award Television: Comedy Series Won

Producers Guild of America Award Best Episodic Comedy Won

Writers' Guild of Great Britain Television Comedy/Light Entertainment Extras Nominated

British Academy Television Awards Best Situation Comedy Nominated

Best Writer Nominated

GLAAD Media Award Outstanding Comedy Series The Office Nominated

Teen Choice Awards Choice Comedy Series Nominated

Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Comedy Series Nominated

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series Extras Won

Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series Nominated

Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series Nominated

TCA Awards Outstanding Achievement in Comedy The Office Won

Satellite Award Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy Extras Nominated

Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy Nominated

Best DVD Release of a TV Show The Office Nominated

AFI Awards TV Program of the Year Won

2008 Golden Globe
Golden Globe
Award Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy Extras Won

Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy Nominated

Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series Nominated

Producers Guild of America Award Best Episodic Comedy The Office Nominated

Extras Nominated

Banff World Television Festival Best Comedy Program Won

British Comedy Awards Best Television Comedy Actor Won

Broadcasting Press Guild Awards Best Comedy/Entertainment Nominated

Writer's Award Nominated

Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Comedy Series The Office Nominated

Outstanding Television Movie Extras: The Extra Special
Special
Series Finale Nominated

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie Nominated

Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special Nominated

Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special Nominated

TCA Awards Outstanding Achievement in Comedy The Office Nominated

Satellite Award Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy Ghost Town Won

2009 Golden Globe
Golden Globe
Award Golden Globe
Golden Globe
Award for Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy The Office Nominated

Producers Guild of America Award Best Episodic Comedy Nominated

ASTRA Awards Favourite International Personality or Actor Extras Won

Teen Choice Awards Choice Comedy Series The Office Nominated

Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Comedy Series Nominated

Outstanding Variety, Music, or Comedy Special Ricky Gervais: Out of England - The Stand-Up Special Nominated

Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Special Nominated

PRISM Awards Comedy Multi-Episode Storyline The Office Won

AFI Awards TV Program of the Year Won

TCA Awards Outstanding Achievement in Comedy Nominated

2010 Golden Globe
Golden Globe
Award Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy Nominated

Producers Guild of America Award Best Episodic Comedy Nominated

Evening Standard British Film Awards Peter Sellers Award for Comedy The Invention of Lying Nominated

Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Comedy Series The Office Nominated

Outstanding Animated Program The Ricky Gervais
Ricky Gervais
Show Nominated

2011 Producers Guild of America Award Best Episodic Comedy The Office Nominated

TV Quick Awards Best Comedy Show The Ricky Gervais
Ricky Gervais
Show Nominated

The Comedy Awards Comedy Series The Office Nominated

Stand-up Special Ricky Gervais: Out of England 2 - The Stand-Up Special Nominated

Critics' Choice Television Award Best Comedy Series The Office Nominated

Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Comedy Series Nominated

Outstanding Special
Special
Class Program 68th Golden Globe
Golden Globe
Awards Nominated

2012 National Television Awards Most Popular Factual Programme An Idiot Abroad Nominated

New York International Short Film Festival Best Comedy Derek Won

Shorty Award Lifetime Achievement Award The Office Won

Broadcasting Press Guild Awards Best Multichannel Programme An Idiot Abroad Won

Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Special
Special
Class Program 69th Golden Globe
Golden Globe
Awards Nominated

Satellite Award Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy The Office Nominated

2014 People's Choice Awards[170] Favorite Series We Miss Most Nominated

Primetime Emmy Award[171] Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series Derek Nominated

2015 Golden Globe
Golden Globe
Award[172] Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy Nominated

Primetime Emmy Award[173] Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie Nominated

2016 Primetime Emmy Award[174] Outstanding Special
Special
Class Program 73rd Golden Globes Nominated

Britannia Awards[175] Charlie Chaplin Britannia Award for Excellence in Comedy Won

2017 Writers Guild of America Award[176] Comedy/Variety (Music, Awards, Tributes) – Specials 73rd Golden Globes Nominated

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Bibliography[edit]

Gervais, Ricky (March 2005). Flanimals. Putnam Juvenile. ISBN 0399243976.  Gervais, Ricky (March 2006). More Flanimals. Putnam Juvenile. ISBN 0399246053.  Gervais, Ricky (October 2006). Flanimals
Flanimals
of the Deep. Faber Children's Books. ISBN 0571234038.  Gervais, Ricky (October 2007). Flanimals: The Day of the Bletchling. Faber Children's Books. ISBN 0571238513.  Gervais, Ricky (December 2007). Flanimals: A Complete Natural History. Faber Children's Books. ISBN 0571238505.  Gervais, Ricky (March 2010). Flanimals
Flanimals
Pop-up. Candlewick. ISBN 0399246053.  Gervais, Ricky; Merchant, Stephen (November 2006). Extras: The Illustrated Scripts: Series 1 & 2. Little, Brown Book Group. ISBN 0316030392.  Gervais, Ricky; Merchant, Stephen (August 2007). The Office: The Scripts Series 1. BBC
BBC
Books. ISBN 0563488476.  Gervais, Ricky; Merchant, Stephen (August 2007). The Office: The Scripts Series 2. BBC
BBC
Books. ISBN 0563487410.  Pilkington, Karl (September 2006). Ricky Gervais
Ricky Gervais
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Interviews[edit]

Time Magazine (2008). Renaissance Man: Ricky Gervais
Ricky Gervais
by Joel Stein The Independent, et al. (2005). Ricky Gervais: My life as a pure superstar The Guardian
The Guardian
Newspaper, et al. (2005). "Second Coming" by Tim Adams Gervais' video interview on Big Think Video interview & acceptance speech of Ricky Gervais
Ricky Gervais
winning Sir Peter Ustinov
Peter Ustinov
Award for Comedy @2010 Banff World TV Festival

External links[edit]

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Ricky Gervais

Television (creator and star)

Meet Ricky Gervais The Office
The Office
(UK) Extras The Ricky Gervais Show
The Ricky Gervais Show
(animated series) An Idiot Abroad Life's Too Short Derek

Other television work

"Golden Years" The Office
The Office
(US)

"Pilot" "The Convict"

"Homer Simpson, This Is Your Wife"

Film (writer/director)

The Invention of Lying Cemetery Junction Special
Special
Correspondents David Brent: Life on the Road

Stand-up (writer/performer)

Animals Politics Fame Science Humanity

Other works

The Ricky Gervais Show
The Ricky Gervais Show
(audio) Flanimals More Flanimals Flanimals
Flanimals
of the Deep Flanimals: The Day of the Bletchling

Music

Seona Dancing

"More to Lose" "Bitter Heart"

Awards for Ricky Gervais

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BAFTA
BAFTA
TV Award for Best Comedy Performance

Joanna Lumley
Joanna Lumley
(1995) Martin Clunes
Martin Clunes
(1996) David Jason (1997) Steve Coogan
Steve Coogan
(1998) Dermot Morgan
Dermot Morgan
(1999) Caroline Aherne (2000) Sacha Baron Cohen
Sacha Baron Cohen
(2001) Ricky Gervais
Ricky Gervais
(2002) Ricky Gervais
Ricky Gervais
(2003) Ricky Gervais
Ricky Gervais
(2004) Matt Lucas, David Walliams
David Walliams
(2005) Chris Langham (2006) Ricky Gervais
Ricky Gervais
(2007) James Corden
James Corden
(2008) David Mitchell (2009)

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Britannia Awards

Excellence in Film

Albert R. Broccoli
Albert R. Broccoli
(1989) Michael Caine
Michael Caine
(1990) Peter Ustinov
Peter Ustinov
(1992) Martin Scorsese
Martin Scorsese
(1993) Anthony Hopkins
Anthony Hopkins
(1995) Bob Weinstein and Harvey Weinstein
Harvey Weinstein
(1996) Dustin Hoffman
Dustin Hoffman
(1997) John Travolta
John Travolta
(1998) Stanley Kubrick
Stanley Kubrick
(1999) Steven Spielberg
Steven Spielberg
(2000) George Lucas
George Lucas
(2002) Hugh Grant
Hugh Grant
(2003) Tom Hanks
Tom Hanks
(2004) Tom Cruise
Tom Cruise
(2005) Clint Eastwood
Clint Eastwood
(2006) Denzel Washington
Denzel Washington
(2007) Sean Penn
Sean Penn
(2008) Robert De Niro
Robert De Niro
(2009) Jeff Bridges
Jeff Bridges
(2010) Warren Beatty
Warren Beatty
(2011) Daniel Day-Lewis
Daniel Day-Lewis
(2012) George Clooney
George Clooney
(2013) Robert Downey Jr.
Robert Downey Jr.
(2014) Meryl Streep
Meryl Streep
(2015) Jodie Foster
Jodie Foster
(2016) Matt Damon
Matt Damon
(2017)

Excellence in Directing

Peter Weir
Peter Weir
(2003) Jim Sheridan (2004) Mike Newell (2005) Anthony Minghella
Anthony Minghella
(2006) Martin Campbell
Martin Campbell
(2007) Stephen Frears
Stephen Frears
(2008) Danny Boyle
Danny Boyle
(2009) Christopher Nolan
Christopher Nolan
(2010) David Yates
David Yates
(2011) Quentin Tarantino
Quentin Tarantino
(2012) Kathryn Bigelow
Kathryn Bigelow
(2013) Mike Leigh
Mike Leigh
(2014) Sam Mendes
Sam Mendes
(2015) Ang Lee
Ang Lee
(2016) Ava DuVernay
Ava DuVernay
(2017)

Worldwide Contribution to Entertainment

Howard Stringer
Howard Stringer
(2003) Kirk Douglas
Kirk Douglas
(2009) Ridley Scott
Ridley Scott
& Tony Scott
Tony Scott
(2010) John Lasseter
John Lasseter
(2011) Will Wright (2012) Ben Kingsley
Ben Kingsley
(2013) Judi Dench
Judi Dench
(2014) Harrison Ford
Harrison Ford
(2015) Samuel L. Jackson
Samuel L. Jackson
(2016) Kenneth Branagh
Kenneth Branagh
(2017)

British Artist of the Year

Rachel Weisz
Rachel Weisz
(2006) Kate Winslet
Kate Winslet
(2007) Tilda Swinton
Tilda Swinton
(2008) Emily Blunt
Emily Blunt
(2009) Michael Sheen
Michael Sheen
(2010) Helena Bonham Carter
Helena Bonham Carter
(2011) Daniel Craig
Daniel Craig
(2012) Benedict Cumberbatch
Benedict Cumberbatch
(2013) Emma Watson
Emma Watson
(2014) James Corden
James Corden
(2015) Felicity Jones
Felicity Jones
(2016) Claire Foy (2017)

Excellence in Comedy

Betty White
Betty White
(2010) Ben Stiller
Ben Stiller
(2011) Trey Parker
Trey Parker
and Matt Stone
Matt Stone
(2012) Sacha Baron Cohen
Sacha Baron Cohen
(2013) Julia Louis-Dreyfus
Julia Louis-Dreyfus
(2014) Amy Schumer
Amy Schumer
(2015) Ricky Gervais
Ricky Gervais
(2016) Aziz Ansari
Aziz Ansari
(2017)

Excellence in Television

Aaron Spelling
Aaron Spelling
(1999) HBO
HBO
Original Programming (2002) Dick Van Dyke
Dick Van Dyke
(2017)

Humanitarian Award

Richard Curtis
Richard Curtis
(2007) Don Cheadle
Don Cheadle
(2008) Colin Firth
Colin Firth
(2009) Idris Elba
Idris Elba
(2013) Mark Ruffalo
Mark Ruffalo
(2014) Orlando Bloom
Orlando Bloom
(2015) Ewan McGregor
Ewan McGregor
(2016)

Retired Awards

BBC
BBC
(1999) Tarsem Singh
Tarsem Singh
(1999) Angela Lansbury
Angela Lansbury
(2003) Helen Mirren
Helen Mirren
(2004) Elizabeth Taylor
Elizabeth Taylor
(2005) Ronald Neame
Ronald Neame
(2005) Sidney Poitier
Sidney Poitier
(2006) Bob Shaye and Michael Lynne (2007)

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Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

Alan Young
Alan Young
(1950) Sid Caesar
Sid Caesar
(1951) Jimmy Durante
Jimmy Durante
(1952) Donald O'Connor
Donald O'Connor
(1953) Danny Thomas
Danny Thomas
(1954) Phil Silvers
Phil Silvers
(1955) Sid Caesar
Sid Caesar
(1956) Jack Benny
Jack Benny
(1957) Jack Benny
Jack Benny
(1959) Dick Van Dyke
Dick Van Dyke
(1964) Dick Van Dyke
Dick Van Dyke
(1965) Dick Van Dyke
Dick Van Dyke
(1966) Don Adams
Don Adams
(1967) Don Adams
Don Adams
(1968) Don Adams
Don Adams
(1969) William Windom (1970) Jack Klugman
Jack Klugman
(1971) Carroll O'Connor
Carroll O'Connor
(1972) Jack Klugman
Jack Klugman
(1973) Alan Alda
Alan Alda
(1974) Tony Randall
Tony Randall
(1975) Jack Albertson
Jack Albertson
(1976) Carroll O'Connor
Carroll O'Connor
(1977) Carroll O'Connor
Carroll O'Connor
(1978) Carroll O'Connor
Carroll O'Connor
(1979) Richard Mulligan
Richard Mulligan
(1980) Judd Hirsch
Judd Hirsch
(1981) Alan Alda
Alan Alda
(1982) Judd Hirsch
Judd Hirsch
(1983) John Ritter
John Ritter
(1984) Robert Guillaume
Robert Guillaume
(1985) Michael J. Fox
Michael J. Fox
(1986) Michael J. Fox
Michael J. Fox
(1987) Michael J. Fox
Michael J. Fox
(1988) Richard Mulligan
Richard Mulligan
(1989) Ted Danson
Ted Danson
(1990) Burt Reynolds
Burt Reynolds
(1991) Craig T. Nelson
Craig T. Nelson
(1992) Ted Danson
Ted Danson
(1993) Kelsey Grammer
Kelsey Grammer
(1994) Kelsey Grammer
Kelsey Grammer
(1995) John Lithgow
John Lithgow
(1996) John Lithgow
John Lithgow
(1997) Kelsey Grammer
Kelsey Grammer
(1998) John Lithgow
John Lithgow
(1999) Michael J. Fox
Michael J. Fox
(2000) Eric McCormack
Eric McCormack
(2001) Ray Romano
Ray Romano
(2002) Tony Shalhoub
Tony Shalhoub
(2003) Kelsey Grammer
Kelsey Grammer
(2004) Tony Shalhoub
Tony Shalhoub
(2005) Tony Shalhoub
Tony Shalhoub
(2006) Ricky Gervais
Ricky Gervais
(2007) Alec Baldwin
Alec Baldwin
(2008) Alec Baldwin
Alec Baldwin
(2009) Jim Parsons
Jim Parsons
(2010) Jim Parsons
Jim Parsons
(2011) Jon Cryer
Jon Cryer
(2012) Jim Parsons
Jim Parsons
(2013) Jim Parsons
Jim Parsons
(2014) Jeffrey Tambor
Jeffrey Tambor
(2015) Jeffrey Tambor
Jeffrey Tambor
(2016) Donald Glover
Donald Glover
(2017)

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Golden Globe
Golden Globe
Award for Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy

1970–2000

Flip Wilson
Flip Wilson
(1970) Carroll O'Connor
Carroll O'Connor
(1971) Redd Foxx
Redd Foxx
(1972) Jack Klugman
Jack Klugman
(1973) Alan Alda
Alan Alda
(1974) Alan Alda
Alan Alda
(1975) Henry Winkler
Henry Winkler
(1976) Ron Howard/ Henry Winkler
Henry Winkler
(1977) Robin Williams
Robin Williams
(1978) Alan Alda
Alan Alda
(1979) Alan Alda
Alan Alda
(1980) Alan Alda
Alan Alda
(1981) Alan Alda
Alan Alda
(1982) John Ritter
John Ritter
(1983) Bill Cosby
Bill Cosby
(1984) Bill Cosby
Bill Cosby
(1985) Bruce Willis
Bruce Willis
(1986) Dabney Coleman
Dabney Coleman
(1987) Michael J. Fox/Judd Hirsch/ Richard Mulligan
Richard Mulligan
(1988) Ted Danson
Ted Danson
(1989) Ted Danson
Ted Danson
(1990) Burt Reynolds
Burt Reynolds
(1991) John Goodman
John Goodman
(1992) Jerry Seinfeld
Jerry Seinfeld
(1993) Tim Allen
Tim Allen
(1994) Kelsey Grammer
Kelsey Grammer
(1995) John Lithgow
John Lithgow
(1996) Michael J. Fox
Michael J. Fox
(1997) Michael J. Fox
Michael J. Fox
(1998) Michael J. Fox
Michael J. Fox
(1999) Kelsey Grammer
Kelsey Grammer
(2000)

2001–present

Charlie Sheen
Charlie Sheen
(2001) Tony Shalhoub
Tony Shalhoub
(2002) Ricky Gervais
Ricky Gervais
(2003) Jason Bateman
Jason Bateman
(2004) Steve Carell
Steve Carell
(2005) Alec Baldwin
Alec Baldwin
(2006) David Duchovny
David Duchovny
(2007) Alec Baldwin
Alec Baldwin
(2008) Alec Baldwin
Alec Baldwin
(2009) Jim Parsons
Jim Parsons
(2010) Matt LeBlanc
Matt LeBlanc
(2011) Don Cheadle
Don Cheadle
(2012) Andy Samberg
Andy Samberg
(2013) Jeffrey Tambor
Jeffrey Tambor
(2014) Gael García Bernal
Gael García Bernal
(2015) Donald Glover
Donald Glover
(2016) Aziz Ansari
Aziz Ansari
(2017)

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Satellite Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture

Musical or Comedy (1996–2010, retired)

Tom Cruise
Tom Cruise
(1996) Jack Nicholson
Jack Nicholson
(1997) Ian Bannen
Ian Bannen
(1998) Philip Seymour Hoffman
Philip Seymour Hoffman
(1999) Michael Douglas
Michael Douglas
(2000) Ewan McGregor
Ewan McGregor
(2001) Kieran Culkin
Kieran Culkin
(2002) Bill Murray
Bill Murray
(2003) Jamie Foxx
Jamie Foxx
(2004) Terrence Howard
Terrence Howard
(2005) Joseph Cross (2006) Ryan Gosling
Ryan Gosling
(2007) Ricky Gervais
Ricky Gervais
(2008) Michael Stuhlbarg
Michael Stuhlbarg
(2009) Michael Cera
Michael Cera
(2010)

Motion Picture Drama (1996–2010, retired)

Geoffrey Rush
Geoffrey Rush
(1996) Robert Duvall
Robert Duvall
(1997) Edward Norton
Edward Norton
(1998) Terence Stamp
Terence Stamp
(1999) Geoffrey Rush
Geoffrey Rush
(2000) Brian Cox (2001) Michael Caine
Michael Caine
/ Daniel Day-Lewis
Daniel Day-Lewis
(2002) Sean Penn
Sean Penn
(2003) Don Cheadle
Don Cheadle
(2004) Philip Seymour Hoffman
Philip Seymour Hoffman
(2005) Forest Whitaker
Forest Whitaker
(2006) Viggo Mortensen
Viggo Mortensen
(2007) Richard Jenkins
Richard Jenkins
(2008) Jeremy Renner
Jeremy Renner
(2009) Colin Firth
Colin Firth
(2010)

Motion Picture (2011–present)

Ryan Gosling
Ryan Gosling
(2011) Bradley Cooper
Bradley Cooper
(2012) Matthew McConaughey
Matthew McConaughey
(2013) Michael Keaton
Michael Keaton
(2014) Leonardo DiCaprio
Leonardo DiCaprio
(2015) Andrew Garfield
Andrew Garfield
/ Viggo Mortensen
Viggo Mortensen
(2016) Gary Oldman
Gary Oldman
/ Harry Dean Stanton
Harry Dean Stanton
(2017)

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TCA Award for Individual Achievement in Comedy

David Hyde Pierce
David Hyde Pierce
(1997) David Hyde Pierce
David Hyde Pierce
(1998) Ray Romano
Ray Romano
(1999) Jane Kaczmarek
Jane Kaczmarek
(2000) Jane Kaczmarek
Jane Kaczmarek
(2001) Bernie Mac
Bernie Mac
(2002) Jon Stewart
Jon Stewart
(2003) Ricky Gervais
Ricky Gervais
(2004) Jon Stewart
Jon Stewart
(2005) Steve Carell
Steve Carell
(2006) Alec Baldwin
Alec Baldwin
(2007) Tina Fey
Tina Fey
(2008) Jim Parsons
Jim Parsons
(2009) Jane Lynch
Jane Lynch
(2010) Ty Burrell
Ty Burrell
/ Nick Offerman
Nick Offerman
(2011) Louis C.K.
Louis C.K.
(2012) Louis C.K.
Louis C.K.
(2013) Julia Louis-Dreyfus
Julia Louis-Dreyfus
(2014) Amy Schumer
Amy Schumer
(2015) Rachel Bloom
Rachel Bloom
(2016) Donald Glover
Donald Glover
(2017)

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