Director and actor Ricky Gervais attends a press conference for his film "The Invention of Lying" on Sept. 14, 2009, in Toronto. Born in 1961 in Reading, England, he originally started out as a DJ for London radio station XFM and also managed bands like Brit pop stars Suede before moving on to doing standup comedy and television.
Ricky Gervais, left, and his girlfriend, Jane Fallon, walk the red carpet at the premiere for "Night At The Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian" at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, on Thursday, May 14, 2009.
Ricky Gervais asks Steve Carell to give up the Emmy that Carrell accepted for Gervais at the 2007 Emmy's during the 60th Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, Sunday, Sept. 21, 2008.
Writer and executive producer Ricky Gervais, from the upcoming HBO show "Ricky Gervais Comedy Special", speaks during the Television Critics Association summer press tour in Beverly Hills, Calif. on Thursday, July 10, 2008.
Ricky Gervais performs on stage at the Concert for Diana at Wembley Stadium on July 1, 2007.
Ricky Gervais, right, seen with "Late Night's" Conan O'Brien and "My Name Is Earl's" Jason Lee, at the Governor's Ball in Los Angeles after last year's Primetime Emmy Awards on Aug. 27, 2006.
Ricky Gervais poses in the press room with awards for Best Situation Comedy and Comedy Performance following The British Academy Television Awards on April 18, 2004. The U.K. version of "The Office" won him 16 awards during its three seasons on the air.
Clockwise from left, actors Ricky Gervais, Martin Freeman, Lucy Davis, Stephen Merchant and producer Ash Atalla pose backstage at the 61st Annual Golden Globe Awards on Jan. 25, 2004, after winning the award for Best Television Series for their hit show, "The Office."
Ricky Gervais and his girlfriend, Jane Fallon, arrive for the GQ Men of the Year Awards at the Royal Opera House in London on Sept. 5, 2006. Thanks to his success on "The Office" and "Extras," he has been gaining more and more roles in Hollywood. Recent films he has appeared in include "For Your Consideration," "Night At The Museum," and "Stardust."
Ricky Gervais and Ewan McGregor arrive at the London premiere of the animated film "Valiant" on March 20, 2005. Gervais played the part of Bugsy, a messenger pigeon, in the film. Despite getting more and more high profile film roles, Gervais continues to do standup comedy.
Gervais stands beside the 1 o'clock gun at Edinburgh Castle in Edinburgh, Scotland. He was the first comedian ever to perform at the castle.
Ricky Gervais performs on stage at Live 8 London in Hyde Park on July 2, 2005. Aside from being a comedian, Gervais can also play guitar; he was in a music group, Seona Dancing, in the early '80s. The group released two singles but did not find success.