Ricky Gervais turns 60: Celebrating the 'The Office' star's journey
Ricky Gervais has many faces. Be it as an actor, director, writer, host, or comic, Gervais has charmed us for over two decades. Winner of two Emmy awards, seven BAFTAs, and three Golden Globes, the star was also recently named in the "Walk of Fame Class of 2022" honors list. On his 60th birthday, let us celebrate the English entertainer through his varied work.
Those of you who grew up admiring Steve Carell as Michael Scott from the super famous American mockumentary sitcom The Office should definitely watch the OG series, Gervais's version. Much smaller than its US cousin, the British show was created, written, and directed by Gervais and Stephen Merchant. It is Gervais's best role, according to Rotten Tomatoes, which gave us the iconic David Brent.
Only concluding after two seasons and a special, Extras was fresh in its approach and a revolutionary take on a show. Again created and written by the Gervais-Merchant duo, the series focused on an extra, Andy Millman (Gervais), who would meet with one superstar (cameo played by real renowned actors) every week. Actors like Kate Winslet, Patrick Stewart, and Ben Stiller featured here.
Having hosted the Golden Globes five times in total, Gervais shook up the whole world during his last stint in 2020. His monologue targeted celebrities, big corporations, without any subtlety. Attacks were aimed at actress Felicity Huffman (who was jailed for bribing her child's admission into universities), racism in Hollywood, and Leonardo DiCaprio's dating choices. Many elites took a shot that day.
Although Gervais has worked in several movies like Stardust and Night at the Museum, his 2019 Netflix series After Life is more distinctly his. Created, written, and directed by Gervais, the show is set around Tony Johnson (Gervais) - a widower mourning his wife, who died of breast cancer. Immensely dark and depressing, the show has unique moments of light and respite.