Stephen Merchant (born in Bristol, England, in 1974) is a British 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 ''WesternAnimation/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 starred in the HBO sitcom ''Series/HelloLadies'' and in 2017, Merchant made his first foray into the comic book movie genre with the release of ''Film/{{Logan}}'', playing the role of Caliban.
!!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 ''Series/{{Blockbusters}}'' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SdNP53mu4jg before he made it big.]] It was incorporated into a scene in ''Series/TheOfficeUK'' with Ricky the intern, who had also 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, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4p7VJicsP8c he can really let the words fly]].
* TheOtherDarrin: Icelandic actor [[Creator/TomasLemarquis Tómas Lemarquis]] played Caliban in ''Film/XMenApocalypse'' the very year before he did in ''Film/{{Logan}}''. The two movie crews didn't ask each other about the issue of using the same character.
* 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 [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2-pa--gHjkE outfit he was wearing]] during said performance...