Ricky Gervais seems ubiquitous at the moment, what with his recent film David Brent: Life on the Road, live performances in character as Brent, and a stand-up tour (as himself) scheduled for 2017.
So we thought we’d take a look back through Ricky’s television work, from The Office to Derek, and spot the TVO links… You’d be surprised how many of our regulars show up along the way!
Before he was Garth Marenghi, Matt appeared as the IT guy in series 2 episode 4 of The Office.
The star of Flowers played a journalist interviewing David Brent in series 2 episode 6 of The Office.
Six years before his first appearance on Shooting Stars as Angelos Epithemiou, Dan popped up in part 1 of The Office‘s Christmas special.
Fun fact: Julia Davis‘ voice can be heard on the phone when David Brent speaks to a dating agency in part 2 of the Christmas special.
Pre-Angelo’s Steve played David Brent’s agent in both parts of the Christmas special.
The star of The IT Crowd made one of her very first television appearances in series 1 episode 2 of Extras.
In the same episode that featured Katherine Parkinson, Tony played a disgruntled chef.
Yet another TVO regular in Extras series 1 episode 2! Barunka was one of Andy Millman’s fellow extras in this episode.
In series 2 episode 2 of Extras, Katy played a woman who had the misfortune of being chatted up by Darren and Barry in a bar.
The Hunderby star appeared in series 2 episode 3 of Extras as a sleezy tabloid journalist.
Joining her double act partner Katy Wix in Extras series 2, Anna showed up in episode 5 as a woman who Andy tries (and obviously fails) to flirt with.
Andy is auditioned for a role by Yonderland star Ben Willbond in the Extras finale.
Dan also made an appearance in the Extras finale, playing an extra of whom Andy is very dismissive.
Steve shows up in the Extras finale as an estate agent who tries to sell Maggie a tiny flat.
Life’s Too Short
Matt made one his rather rare post-Garth Marenghi television appearances in Life’s Too Short with a recurring role as the divorce lawyer of Warwick’s ex-wife.
The man behind Anna Mann had a recurring role in Life’s Too Short as a life coach.
And it’s a hat-trick for Steve! After appearing in both The Office and Extras, he had a recurring role in Life’s Too Short as Warwick’s useless accountant.
In series 1 episode 6 of Life’s Too Short, Tony popped up as a washing machine deliveryman.
In the final special episode of Life’s Too Short, Steve played an ITV2 commissioner who’s interested in putting Keith Chegwin back on television.
Following his part in Life’s Too Short, Colin had a recurring role as the thoroughly unpleasant Geoff in series 2 of Derek.
Not content with just appearing in Extras and Life’s Too Short, Tony was also in series 2 episode 2 of Derek!