Stephen Merchant (born in Bristol, England, in 1974) is an actor, comedian, radio host, writer and director. He is best known for his work writing ''Series/TheOfficeUK'' and ''{{Series/Extras}}'' with Creator/RickyGervais, and playing a recurring character in the latter. He also has had a pretty successful career in voice acting, including voicing Paris in ''GnomeoAndJuliet'', Mr Phillips in ''WesternAnimation/BromwellHigh'' and {{SelfDemonstrating/Wheatley}} in ''VideoGame/{{Portal 2}}''.

Merchant often works with Creator/RickyGervais and Creator/KarlPilkington.

He is currently on a stand-up tour and starring in the HBO sitcom ''Series/HelloLadies''.
!!Tropes associated with Stephen Merchant:
* {{Adorkable}}: Glasses? Check. Shy? Check. Gangly? Check. Nerdy? Check. Desire to be more rock and roll but never quite being able to pull it off? Double check.
* BerserkButton: He also seems to hate being called an "invalid" as one episode of ''Radio/TheRickyGervaisShow'' indicates.
* {{Catchphrase}}: "Man alive!"
* FatAndSkinny: He is often seen with fellow comedian and friend Ricky Gervais.
* GameShowAppearance: [[ Was on Blockbusters before he made it big.]] It was incorporated into a scene in ''Series/TheOfficeUK'' with a character who had been on Blockbusters.
* GentleGiant: He's ''6 feet 7 inches'' tall, and yet he's said to be quite shy.
* HeightAngst: He's said on ''The Ricky Gervais Show'' that being as tall as he is can become a bit of a disability. He complains about it a few times throughout the show.
* MotorMouth: If he wants to, [[ he can really let the words fly]].
* ShakingTheRump: His appearance on ''Lip Sync Battle'' included a rendition of Christina Aguilera's "Dirrty" which involved a lot of this. It's worth noting the [[ outfit he was wearing]] during said performance...