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Ricky Gervais’s television career


Learn about Ricky Gervais’s contributions to television in honor of his 55th birthday.

June 25, 2017 is Ricky Gervais’s 55th birthday. He was born in Reading, Berkshire in 1961. He actually had to deal with poverty during his childhood, but he persevered by admiring his mother’s dedication to ensure him a happy childhood. Gervais would also go on to write a children’s book in 2004 called Flanimals, and a sequel to that book the following year. It is safe to say that his childhood influenced his career.

After Gervais became an adult, he had an important role in The Office. This television show allowed him to win a Golden Globe for playing David Brent. Gervais also contributed to this particular show not just through acting, but through writing some episodes as well. Gervais would later on receive nominations for Extras and Derek. Gervais also hosted the Golden Globes multiple times, and did so most recently in 2016 during the 73rd Annual Golden Globe awards. He did this hosting gig after Tina Fey and Amy Poehler hosted for three consecutive years. Gervais was able to bring his own humor to the Golden Globes that year with his witty dialogue and crude jokes.


Gervais is having an exciting year in 2017. He will provide the voice of the mole in The Wind and the Willows, and he will also do voice-over work as Ika Chu in Blazing Samurai. In spite of his rough childhood, the future looks bright for Ricky Gervais. He is currently one of the greatest, and funniest, comedians working today.

Alex Phuong