Ricky Gervais is an English comedian, actor, director, and writer. He is best known for co-creating, co-writing and acting in the British television mockumentary sitcom The Office. He has won seven BAFTA Awards, five British Comedy Awards, two Emmy Awards, three Golden Globe Awards (which he has also hosted five times), and the Rose d'Or twice (2006 and 2019), as well as a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination. Currently, he is credited as the creator, executive producer, director, and writer for the Netflix comedy series After Life, where he plays the lead role of Tony Johnson.
He initially worked in the music industry. He attempted a career as a pop star in the 1980s as the singer of the new-wave act Seona Dancing, as well as working as the manager of the then-unknown band Suede before turning to comedy. He has appeared on The 11 O'Clock Show, garnering a reputation as an outspoken and sharp-witted social provocateur. In 2000, he was given a Channel 4 spoof talk show, Meet Ricky Gervais.
He has performed five multi-national stand-up comedy tours, and he wrote the Flanimals book series. Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant, and Karl Pilkington created the podcast The Ricky Gervais Show, which has spawned various spin-offs starring Karl and produced by Ricky and Stephen. Ricky has also starred in the Hollywood films Ghost Town, the Night at the Museum trilogy, For Your Consideration, Muppets Most Wanted, The Invention of Lying and Special Correspondents.