Stephen Merchant was born on 24th November 1974 and is an accomplished director, actor, writer and comedian. He was brought up in Bristol to a middle-class family, his dad an insurance representative and his mum a nursery nurse.
In his earlier years, he co-hosted a radio show on XFM with funny man Ricky Gervais when he was hired in 1997 and the rest, they say, is history.
In 2001, Stephen Merchant and Ricky Gervais co-wrote and directed the smash TV series, The Office – so successful; the show was brought over to States in 2005 and proved just as popular. The series earned him a number of accolades: three BAFTAs (for Situation Comedy Award), one British Comedy Award for Best TV Comedy Actor Extras (2006) and an Emmy (US television product awards).
During his career, Stephen Merchant has appeared in many films, notably Hot Fuzz (2007), Run Fatboy Run (2007) and his own creation Cemetery Junction (2010), where he also wrote and directed the film alongside Ricky Gervais.
In 2007, Stephen Merchant started a Sunday show on BBC 6 music called the Steve Show which lasted two years.
Returning in September 2011 he came back with a bang to try his hand at stand-up comedy (after his earlier failed attempts) with his tour ‘Hello Ladies’ getting great reviews from broadsheets The Guardian, The Telegraph and The Times.