Ricky Gervais is an English comedian, actor, writer, and director. He is best known for his British television series, including The Office, Extras, An Idiot Abroad, After Life, Life’s Too Short, and Derek. Ricky was born on June 25, 1961, in Reading, Berkshire, England. He is the writer of the book series, “Flanimals.” His birth name is “Ricky Dene Gervais.” He has been a part of this industry since 1982.
Ricky Gervais’s net worth is $170 million as of 2023.
Ricky Gervais Early Life
Ricky Dene Gervais was born to his parents, Lawrence Raymond Gervais and Eva Sophia, on June 25, 1961, at Battle Hospital in Reading, Berkshire. Ricky’s father emigrated to the UK in between the Second World War. His father worked as a laborer and carrier, whereas his mother was a housewife. Ricky has 3 siblings Larry, Marsha, and Robert; he is the youngest. He grew up with his mother and siblings in Reading, a residential area of Whitley. Ricky’s mother passed away from lung cancer at the age of 74.
He received his primary education from Whitley Park Infants and Junior Schools and attended Ashmead Comprehensive School for his high school education. Ricky worked as a gardener at the University of Reading for a year. After his sabbatical year, he went to University College London in 1980. Ricky aimed to be a student of biology but changed his mind, and after two weeks of starting college, he decided to study philosophy. In 1983, the University of London awarded him with an upper second-class honors degree in philosophy. He met his partner, Jane Fallon there and they have been together since 1982.
Ricky Gervais Career
Ricky started his music career during his final year at college in 1983. Ricky and his best friend Bill Macrae performed as pop singers at the New Wave act of Seona Dancing. They signed a deal with London Records and released singles “More to Lose” and “Bitter Heart.” In 2013, Ricky conducted his live tour as David Brent, a fictional character, along with Brent’s fictional band Foregone Conclusion in his BBC Tv sitcom “The Office.” He performed as Brent on his songs including “Equality Street” and “Free Love Freeway.” Ricky created his series on YouTube called “Learn Guitar with David Brent,” which includes 9 acoustic guitar versions. In 2016, Ricky published “David Brent Songbook” of 15 songs in the film promotion of “Life on the Road.”
He served as the head of speech on the radio station “Xfm.” In November 2001, Ricky returned to Xfm for a Saturday radio show after the first series of “The Office.” Afterward, he started hosting “Ricky Gervais is Deadly Sirius” in October 2017 on Sirius XM. It was a weekly radio show that lasted until 2019.
On December 5, 2005, Ricky got featured in “The Ricky Gervais Show” on a free weekly podcast by Guardian Limited. It was ranked as the no.1 podcast worldwide in January and February 2006. Guinness Book of World Records published it in its 2007 edition as the world’s most downloaded podcast with 261,670 downloads per episode in its first month of the telecast. In late 2006, Ricky and Merchant and Karl Pilkington released three more free podcasts together called “The Podfather Trilogy.” They got released on Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas individually. This was all about his music, radio, and podcast career.
Let’s take a look at his television career.
Ricky Gervais and his friend Merchant are the producers of the American version of The Office sitcom. In July and August 2001, the first series of ‘The Office’ got aired, having six episodes. They released the second series of ‘The Office’ and ‘Radio Times’ that titled Ricky as the most powerful person in TV comedy. In 2004, The Office received the “Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series” for both musical and comedy. Ricky won the “Best Actor-Television Series Musical or Comedy.”
On July 21, 2005, Ricky and Merchant’s sitcom “Extra” debuted on BBC. The first series includes 12 episodes starring Ricky as a background artist ‘Andy Millman.’ On September 14, 2006, the second series started in the UK. A special episode was released for Christmas on December 27, 2007. The same year, Ricky won the “Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series.”
On February 19, 2010, Ricky got featured in ‘The Ricky Gervais Show’ by US cable network HBO. The show’s first series aired on April 23, 2010, on Channel 4 in the UK. After getting an enthusiastic response, HBO aired the second series in 2011 and the third in April 2012.
Ricky and Merchant co-wrote a sitcom called “Life’s Too Short.” On November 10, 2011, the sitcom aired on BBC Two.
The Duo also produced a travel documentary titled “An Idiot Abroad” featuring Karl Pilkington. Two series and a Christmas special episode of this documentary got aired.
Ricky recorded a 35-minute pilot episode in London for a comedy series called “Derek” in November 2011. The series aired on Channel 4 on April 12, 2012. Derek is written and directed by Ricky Gervais alone. Channel 4 drafted a full series of ‘Derek,’ which aired in early 2013. After a recommission, the second series of ‘Derek’ premiered on April 23, 2014. On December 22, 2014, Ricky’s show ‘Derek’ ended with a final special broadcast on Channel 4.
Ricky created and directed a comedy-drama, “After Life.” The series premiered on March 8, 2019, on Netflix. On April 24, 2020, Netflix launched the second season of this drama. In May 2020, Ricky signed a deal with Netflix for the third season of “After Life.”
In the late 1990s, Ricky started his stand-up comedy career. He did his debut and show at Café Royal. In 2003, Ricky performed a stand-up show, “Animals,” while touring the UK. A year later, he did another stand-up tour called “Politics.” In 2007, his performance “Fame” got broadcast. In August 2009, his fourth show, “Science,” started with an eleven-day tour. He performed “Humanity” in 2017 and continued it into 2018. In late 2018, Netflix made an announcement about Ricky’s next tour and showed it named “SuperNature.” His shows continued in 2019 and 2020 and won the “Best Stand-up Show” at the National Comedy Awards.
Ricky Gervais hosted five “Golden Globe Awards.” He starred in his 2009’s American romantic comedy film called “The Invention of Lying.” Ricky directed and starred in films including “Special Correspondents” and “David Brent: Life on the Road.”
Ricky Gervais’s Net Worth
As of 2023, Ricky Dene Gervais has an estimated net worth of $170 million. Being a famous and successful television figure, it is predicted that Ricky may have a raise in his net worth.
Let’s check out Ricky’s last six years’ record of net worth growth.
|Net Worth in 2023||$170 Million|
|Net Worth in 2022||$158 Million|
|Net Worth in 2021||$150 Million|
|Net Worth in 2020||$138 Million|
|Net Worth in 2019||$130 Million|
|Net Worth in 2018||$122 Million|
Ricky Gervais’s Monthly Salary
Ricky Gervais earns around $1 million monthly.
Ricky Gervais’s Annual Salary
Ricky Gervais earns around $12 million on an annual basis. He has earned over $100 million as a producer of The Office. He even gets $2 million of royalty from The Office every year. He has also earned around $5 million for creating movies. Ricky made $70 million as a stand-up artist.
Ricky Gervais Income Source
Ricky Gervais earns most of his fortune from his comedy shows. He is the producer of “The Office” and a world-class Tv series called “After Life.” Apart from being a comedian, he also earns as an actor, writer, and director. Ricky is a popular public figure and has a huge social media fan following, which can also be counted as his additional source of income. He is among the highest-paid comedians.
Ricky Gervais’s Social Media Accounts
In December 2009, Ricky joined Twitter, and in 2012 he achieved a “Shorty Award” for his popular presence on social media. Ricky has 15.1 million followers on Twitter as of 2023. He addresses his fans on Twitter as “Twonks.” In 2014, Ricky was named the most influential Twitter user in London.
Ricky used this social media platform to promote his work and to spread the word about animal welfare and rescue among his fans. In March 2015, the Human Society awarded Ricky with “Genesis Award” for contributing to and raising awareness of animal welfare on social media.
As for other social media platforms, Ricky has 3.7 million followers on Instagram, 5 million followers on Facebook, and 613K subscribers on YouTube.
Ricky Gervais Charity Work
Ricky Gervais participated in a charity event named ‘Comic Relief’ in 2002. He also took part in a boxing match for charity against Grant Bovey and won by a split decision. Ricky donated his €5,000 prize money to the training of a Macmillan cancer support nurse.
Ricky supports animal rights, and he declares that he will leave his fortune to an animal shelter. In December 2013, Ricky purchased a moon bear cake worth $1000 and raised funds for Animal Asia. Moreover, Ricky donated his signed acoustic guitar and helped in raising funds for Story Book Farm Primate Sanctuary located in Ontario, Canada.
Ricky Gervais Awards and Achievements
Ricky has been awarded numerous awards for his brilliant work. He has achieved two “Primetime Emmy Awards” for his performance on ‘The Office,’ and ‘Extras.’ He has also won seven “BAFTA Awards,” five “British Comedy Awards,” and three “Golden Globe Awards.”
Ricky Gervais is an English comedian, actor, writer, and director with an estimated net worth of $170 million as of 2023. He is best known for his series including ‘The Office’, ‘Derek’ and ‘After Life.’ He earns around $1 million monthly and $12 million on an annual basis. Ricky has been earning from his comedy and acting career. He has won multiple awards including ‘Primetime Emmy Awards’, ‘BAFTA Awards’ and ‘Golden Globe Awards.’ Gervais has been a part of this industry since 1982.