This week, Ricky Gervais caused a hell of a lot of controversy - and not for the first time - as he hosted the 73rd Golden Globes from The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California.
He carried out his hosting duties in his own inimitable fashion, as he shamelessly ripped into celebrities, whether they were in attendance at the awards or not. Nobody was safe from his stinging comments, as the likes of Mel Gibson, Jennifer Lawrence, Caitlyn Jenner and Jeffrey Tambor all felt the wrath of the British entertainer.
Gervais is, of course, hugely successful himself - he's won three Golden Globe awards for a start - having written, produced, presented and acted in some of the most popular productions of the last decade.
As a well-known star, a lot of people know a lot of facts about him - but there's a lot more to him than meets the eye. That's what this article is all about. Here are 10 things you probably didn't know about the comedian:
10 He Was A University's Gardener
Although Gervais does have a university education - he has a Philosophy degree from University College London, where he originally went to study Biology - he did actually have an ordinary job between going to school and embarking on his higher education.
9 He Worked As A Music Adviser For The BBC
Gervais has been happily married for more than thirty years to author and television producer Jane Fallon. One of the shows that Fallon produced was for the BBC and it was called This Life (it was the show that truly launched The Walking Dead star Andrew Lincoln to fame back in the 1990s), about a group of law graduates.
8 He Was The Boss Of Several Coldplay Members
Before he made his way to the entertainment business, another job that Ricky Gervais had was running a bar. When he was working at said bar, he employed Will Champion - the drummer and backing vocalist with English band Coldplay - to be a doorman there!
7 He Managed Suede
In the 1990s, during the height of the "Britpop" that saw the rise of the likes of Oasis, Blur and Pulp, Suede were also a very popular band. With lead singer Brett Anderson and the likes of Justine Frischmann and Bernard Butler on board, the group had hits like "So Young," "Trash" and "Beautiful Ones."
6 Stephen Merchant Was Originally His Assistant
Stephen Merchant is famously a long-time collaborator with Ricky Gervais. Together, the pair have written shows like The Office and Extras, as well as acted together in the same shows, and co-hosted The Ricky Gervais Show in its radio, podcast, audiobook and television show forms. Merchant has also forged a film career off the back of that, with roles in movies like Hot Fuzz, Tooth Fairy and Movie 43.
5 He's Hosted The Golden Globes More Than Anyone Else
Everybody knows that Ricky Gervais has hosted the Golden Globes several times - the controversy he brings to the role of host ensures that it's at the forefront of the media every time he does it - but did you know that he's actually hosted it more times than anyone else in its history?
4 He's In Grand Theft Auto 4
3 He's Far From Greedy
Gervais might come across as smug and arrogant, but in reality he's actually a very nice bloke. Not only is he a huge animal lover (something that anybody who follows his Twitter account will be only too aware about), he also doesn't see money as that big a deal.
2 He Was In A New Wave Pop Group
In the early 1980s, Ricky Gervais was in a pop group called Seona Dancing. He was the lead singer in the group, while Bill McCrae wrote the music. They weren't at all successful in Gervais' native United Kingdom, but they did achieve a decent level of popularity in the Philippines.
1 He Won A Celebrity Boxing Match
Ricky Gervais is hardly an athlete - and this particular entry certainly doesn't change that fact - but you may be surprised to learn that he took part in a celebrity boxing match back in 2002. More surprisingly, he actually won!
The fight was televised for Comic Relief and he went up against businessman Grant Bovey over three rounds, having been trained by Frank and Eugene Maloney. After his points victory, he donated his £5,000 prize money to the training of a Macmillan cancer nurse - further emphasising what a decent guy he is. The final part of the fight - including the decision - can be seen in the video above.
Sources: Wikipedia, IMDB, RickyGervais.com, axs, YouTube.
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