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Ricky Gervais is a British comedian best known for co-writing and co-directing the television series The Office.
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As with his previous series, Extras, a number of big Hollywood names made cameo appearances, including Johnny Depp. American audiences will get their first glimpse of his latest comedy in 2012.
In 2010, Gervais added another item to his long list of achievements. He served as the host for the Golden Globe Awards, creating quite a stir with his jabs and jokes about many Hollywood stars. His barb about Robert Downey Jr. and past rehab and jail experiences seemed tasteless to some. No matter how his performance was viewed by the audience and critics, Gevais gave the awards show more media attention than any previous host.
Gervais once again took the reins of the Golden Globes the following year. In his opening monologue, he described all of the things he wasn't supposed to do, including "not to libel anyone." He had pledged to not be swayed by the previous year's criticism, but most critics thought he was much more restrained in his quips. Gevais poked fun at Helen Mirren and Jody Foster, among others.
Besides his work on film and stage, Gervais is also an author. He has written several children's books about imaginary animals, including Flanimals (2005) and Flanimals Pop-Up (2010). The desire to make up these fictional creatures came from his childhood. "The first thing I wanted to be was a marine biologist. Then I wanted to be a vet," Gervais told Entertainment Weekly. These characters will soon find their way to the big screen in the form of an upcoming animated film.
Gervais lives in London with his girlfriend Jane Fallon, a television producer. The couple has been together for more than 20 years.
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