Gervais was born and raised in Whitley, Reading, Berkshire. He was half of 1980s New Wave duo Seona Dancing. He is known for television series including The 11 O'Clock Show, The Office, Meet Ricky Gervais, Extras, An Idiot Abroad, Life's Too Short and Derek. He wrote children's book Flanimals. He has performed stand-up shows Animals, Politics, Fame and Science. He has starred in movies: Ghost Town, The Invention of Lying and Cemetery Junction.