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Also Known As: Died:
Born: November 24, 1974 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Bristol, England, GB Profession: writer, director, producer, radio host

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Writer-director-producer-actor Stephen Merchant rose to comedy stardom in collaboration with comedy icon Ricky Gervais on an impressive succession of hugely successful television projects in the U.K. and United States. Having received his start in stand-up comedy, he and Gervais became partners in crime as the co-hosts of a short-lived weekly radio show prior to sowing the seeds for what would evolve into the hugely influential workplace sitcom "The Office" (BBC2, 2001-03), which he co-wrote, co-produced and co-directed. Success from the series led to more work with Gervais on another popular radio show, acting and writing jobs on other BBC programs, and the smash-hit adaptation of "The Office" (NBC, 2005- ) on American TV. In addition to his usual duties, Merchant also performed in his and Gervais' next series, "Extras" (HBO, BBC2, 2005-07). His performance as the well-meaning, but utterly incompetent talent agent Darren Lamb earned Merchant a British Comedy Award for Best Actor. Other collaborations with Gervais included the feature dramedy "Cemetery Junction" (2010); the travel series starring their clueless radio producer Karl Pilkington, "An Idiot Abroad" (Sky1, 2010- ); and the series "Life's...

Writer-director-producer-actor Stephen Merchant rose to comedy stardom in collaboration with comedy icon Ricky Gervais on an impressive succession of hugely successful television projects in the U.K. and United States. Having received his start in stand-up comedy, he and Gervais became partners in crime as the co-hosts of a short-lived weekly radio show prior to sowing the seeds for what would evolve into the hugely influential workplace sitcom "The Office" (BBC2, 2001-03), which he co-wrote, co-produced and co-directed. Success from the series led to more work with Gervais on another popular radio show, acting and writing jobs on other BBC programs, and the smash-hit adaptation of "The Office" (NBC, 2005- ) on American TV. In addition to his usual duties, Merchant also performed in his and Gervais' next series, "Extras" (HBO, BBC2, 2005-07). His performance as the well-meaning, but utterly incompetent talent agent Darren Lamb earned Merchant a British Comedy Award for Best Actor. Other collaborations with Gervais included the feature dramedy "Cemetery Junction" (2010); the travel series starring their clueless radio producer Karl Pilkington, "An Idiot Abroad" (Sky1, 2010- ); and the series "Life's Too Short" (HBO, 2011- ), while his acclaimed stand-up comedy tour "Hello, Ladies" proved he had plenty to offer all on his own. Astonishingly prolific, he had amassed a career's worth of credits in a scant 10 years, and along with Gervais, earned the respect and adoration of fans, both famous and not, for their consistently hilarious work together as a comedic team.

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 Movie 43 (2013)
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 I Give it a Year (2013)
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 Gnomeo & Juliet (2011)
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 Burke and Hare (2011)
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 Hall Pass (2011)
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 Tooth Fairy (2010)
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 Hot Fuzz (2007)
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Began doing stand-up comedy; won the <i>Daily Telegraph</i> Open Mic Award
1997:
Met future writing partner, Ricky Gervais, when he was hired by London radio station Xfm
1998:
Enrolled in a TV production training course at the BBC; for his short film project shot a largely improvised 10-minute piece called "Seedy Boss" starring Gervais; this short would later become the basis for "The Office"
1998:
Wrote for Sacha Baron Cohen¿s "The Eleven O¿Clock Show"
2001:
Co-created with Gervais the BBC comedy hit "The Office"; earned an Emmy nomination for Writing
2001:
Co-created (with Gervais) the weekly online audio program, "The Ricky Gervais Show"; aired on Xfm in weekly periods for months at a time throughout 2002, 2003, 2004, and mid-2005
2002:
Directed an unaired comedy called "The Last Chancers" for Channel 4
2004:
Appeared in the British TV comedy "Garth Marenghi¿s Darkplace" (Channel 4)
2004:
Worked as a script consultant on the sitcom "Nathan Barley" (Channel 4)
2005:
Executive produced (with Gervais) the American version of "The Office" (NBC), starring Steve Carell in the Gervais role
2005:
Co-created "Extras" (BBC2) with longtime collaborator Ricky Gervais; also co-starred onscreen with Gervais, as hapless agent Darren Lamb in this sitcom about struggling actors (aired on HBO in the U.S.); earned Emmy nominations for Best Writing in 2005 and 2007 and for Best Directing in 2007 for the episode "Orlando Bloom"
2007:
Hosted a radio show on music-oriented show on BBC 6 Music
2007:
Cast in the British comedy flick, "Hot Fuzz"
2007:
Received Emmy nominations for Directing and Writing for the "Extras: The Extra Special Series Finale" (HBO)
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Education

University of Warwick: - 1996
University of Warwick: - 1996

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