[[caption-width-right:262:Modesty is not his strong-suit]]
->''"You should make something. You should bring something into the world that wasn't in the world before. It doesn't matter what it is. It doesn't matter if it's a table or a film or gardening-everyone should create. You should do something, then sit back and say, 'I did that.'"''

Richard Dean "Ricky" Gervais (born June 25, 1961) is a British writer / actor / comedian / singer / presenter / director / children's novelist.

Ricky first appeared in the public limelight in 1982 where he, and university friend, Bill Macrae formed ''Seona Dancing'', a "New wave, synthpop, electropop" duo that released two singles: 'More to Lose' and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zXhSqmfRTfY 'Bitter Heart']], reaching 117 and 70 in the UK charts respectively.

Soon after, Ricky joined the radio presenter ranks of the unlicenced radio station ''XFM'' doing daily night-time sessions. This was a lot of effort and he decided to get an assistant. He hired the first person to turn up after he agreed to do "all the boring stuff". That person was Creator/StephenMerchant, who has since ending up co-writing with Ricky on multiple projects. After ''Capital Radio'' took over XFM and made Gervais redundant, he ended up working on several projects for the BBC on both the radio and TV.

He then appeared a lot on Creator/{{Channel 4}} including; ''Golden Years'', ''The 11 O'Clock Show'' and ''Meet Ricky Gervais''. In 2001 the popular series ''[[Series/TheOfficeUK The Office]]'' appeared on the Creator/{{BBC}}, starring Gervais and co-written by Gervais and Merchant. Following the success and popularity of this hit series, Ricky started the first of his stand-up comedy tours, along with writing his first book ''Literature/{{Flanimals}}''.

After this point it seems hard to keep track of all his projects, which include ''Series/{{Extras}}'' (also co-written with Stephen Merchant), the podcast ''Radio/TheRickyGervaisShow'' with Stephen and their long-suffering former XFM producer Creator/KarlPilkington, two more stand-up tours with new material, co-writing/directing and starring in [[Film/TheInventionOfLying several movies]], voice-acting, and making countless cameos and interviews. He starred as the (human) lead role in 2014's ''Film/MuppetsMostWanted''.