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Stephen Merchant

Stephen Merchant was born in Bristol in 1974 and began his career as a stand-up comedian and radio presenter. As co-creator, co-writer and co-director of The Office, he's won numerous awards, including three BAFTAs and three British Comedy Awards. The Office was the first UK sitcom to win a Golden Globe award, and Merchant also won an Emmy as executive producer of the U.S. version of The Office.

Following the success of The Office, Merchant, with creative partner Ricky Gervais, co-created, co-wrote, co-directed and co-starred in two seasons of the hilarious industry satire Extras, for BBC and HBO. Merchant won another Golden Globe for Extras as well as the Best Actor award at the 2006 British Comedy Awards.

His film credits include Hot Fuzz, alongside Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, and Run Fat Boy Run, directed by David Schwimmer. Merchant, along with Ricky Gervais and Karl Pilkington, entered the Guiness Book of World Records thanks to their hugely popular podcasts, which have notched up over 8 million downloads.

Merchant has recently collaborated again with Gervais, co-writing and co-directing their first feature film collaboration, Cemetery Junction, due for release in Spring 2010.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2010.

Stephen Merchant Facts

BirthdayNovember 24, 1974 (48)
BirthplaceBristol, England, United Kingdom
Height6' 7" (2m1)  How tall is Stephen Merchant compared to you?

Selected Filmography

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