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'Hello Ladies,' 'Family Tree' to end on HBO

'Hello Ladies,' 'Family Tree' to end on HBO

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 24 (UPI) -- U.S. cable network HBO has decided not to order second seasons of its sitcoms "Hello Ladies" and "Family Tree," EW.com reported Thursday.
Ricky Gervais posts 'Learn Guitar with David Brent' clips on YouTube

Ricky Gervais posts 'Learn Guitar with David Brent' clips on YouTube

LONDON, Aug. 28 (UPI) -- British actor, writer and producer Ricky Gervais has posted another YouTube video featuring him as his iconic character David Brent.
Stephen Merchant to star in HBO pilot

Stephen Merchant to star in HBO pilot

LONDON, July 24 (UPI) -- British actor and writer Stephen Merchant, a frequent collaborator of Ricky Gervais, is penning and will star in a TV pilot for HBO, Deadline reported.
Ansari, Merchant on board for comedy fest

Ansari, Merchant on board for comedy fest

CHICAGO, April 10 (UPI) -- Vince Vaughn, Aziz Ansari, Stephen Merchant and Bill Engvall are booked to perform at the fourth annual Just For Laughs festival in Chicago, TBS said Tuesday.
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'An Idiot Abroad' to return next month

'An Idiot Abroad' to return next month

SILVER SPRING, Md., Dec. 21 (UPI) -- A second season of the travel series "An Idiot Abroad" starring Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant and Karl Pilkington is to debut in the United States next month.
Gervais to star in travel docu-series

Gervais to star in travel docu-series

PASADENA, Calif., Jan. 7 (UPI) -- Britain's Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant will soon be seen in an eight-part travel docu-series called "An Idiot Abroad," Science Channel said Friday.
HBO renews Gervais show for 2nd season

HBO renews Gervais show for 2nd season

LOS ANGELES, March 24 (UPI) -- HBO has renewed the animated series "The Ricky Gervais Show" for a second season, The Hollywood Reporter said.
Gervais to direct Goode in 'Cemetery'

Gervais to direct Goode in 'Cemetery'

LOS ANGELES, May 11 (UPI) -- British actor Matthew Goode has joined the cast of "Cemetery Junction," a film co-written and to be co-directed by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant.
Gervais to direct Fiennes in comedy

Gervais to direct Fiennes in comedy

LONDON, April 13 (UPI) -- British actor Ralph Fiennes is set to star in "The Men at the Pru," a big-screen comedy co-written and co-directed by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant.
Gervais penning 'Extras' special

Gervais penning 'Extras' special

LONDON, Nov. 19 (UPI) -- British comedian and actor Ricky Gervais says he is working on a one-hour special continuing his recently wrapped show-biz series "Extras."
Russian version of 'The Office' planned

Russian version of 'The Office' planned

LONDON, July 25 (UPI) -- Russia is getting its own version of the popular British workplace comedy "The Office," the BBC said.
'Cranford' earns 3 BAFTA nominations

'Cranford' earns 3 BAFTA nominations

LONDON, March 18 (UPI) -- The TV period drama "Cranford" led the field with three nods when nominations for the British Academy Television Awards were announced Tuesday.
5.3M watch 'Extras' finale on British TV

5.3M watch 'Extras' finale on British TV

LONDON, Dec. 28 (UPI) -- About 5.3 million viewers tuned in to see the series finale of the sit-com "Extras" when it aired Thursday on British television, the BBC reported.

'Extras' to end with Christmas special

LONDON, Nov. 9 (UPI) -- British comedian and writer Ricky Gervais plans to wrap his comedy series, "Extras," the same way he did the original "The Office," with a Christmas special.
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British actor/writer Stephen Merchant attends the "TV BAFTA" ceremony at The Palladium in London on May 20, 2007. (UPI Photo/Rune Hellestad)
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Stephen James Merchant (born 24 November 1974) is a British Comedy Award-, BAFTA-, Emmy- and Golden Globe-award winning English writer, director, radio presenter, and comic actor. He may be best known as the co-writer of the popular British sitcoms The Office, as the co-writer and a co-star of Extras, and as the co-host of The Ricky Gervais Show in its radio (for which the show won a bronze Sony Award) and podcast forms.

Merchant was born in Bristol, England, the son of Jane Elaine (Hibbs), a nursery nurse, and Ronald John Merchant, an insurance representative and attended Hanham High School. As he has described in Xfm London shows and podcasts, Merchant was a very shy child, tending to focus more on school work as opposed to sport. His school yearbook predicted that he would enjoy success. Merchant has also described his relatively normal childhood, which is often contrasted with that of his associate Karl Pilkington.

Merchant is a graduate of the University of Warwick (it is rumoured that he resided in Knightcote Halls on Westwood Campus) and a former film reviewer on the student radio station, Radio Warwick where he began his broadcasting career. The station's 1995/96 yearbook tipped him for great things:

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