Stephen Merchant is a Actor, Director, Writer and Executive Producer British born on 24 november 1974 at Bristol (United-kingdom)
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Birth name Stephen James MerchantNationality United-kingdomBirth 24 november 1974Stephen James Merchant (born 24 November 1974) is an English writer, director, radio presenter, comedian, and actor. He is best known for his collaborations with Ricky Gervais and Karl Pilkington, as the co-writer and co-director of the popular British sitcom The Office, co-writer, co-director, and co-star of Extras, and co-host of The Ricky Gervais Show in its radio, podcast, audiobook, and television show forms. The Ricky Gervais Show in radio form won a bronze Sony Award.
(47 years) at Bristol (United-kingdom
Emmy Award, Writers Guild of America Award
Merchant appeared as himself in the BBC series Life's Too Short, which he co-wrote and co-directed. He also voiced the character Wheatley in the popular 2011 video game Portal 2, co-developed the Sky1 travel series An Idiot Abroad, and performs as a stand-up comedian. He has won three BAFTA Awards, four British Comedy Awards and an Emmy Award. He recently starred in a role on a show he created, wrote, and directed, called Hello Ladies. His most recent project is starring in his first play by English playwright Richard Bean, The Mentalists, which is in London at Wyndham's Theatre in July and August 2015.
Merchant lives in Los Angeles and recently purchased a home once owned by Ellen DeGeneres. He has a second home in London. He is a self-described atheist.
Merchant has used his unsuccessful experiences in dating for his comedy act. He is currently in a relationship with American model/actress Christine Marzano.
Merchant's height is 6 ft 7in (2.01 m). Gervais likened him to an "upright lizard being given electro-shock treatment" on the dance floor and a "stick insect with glasses" or Beaker from The Muppet Show. Karl Pilkington has described his dancing as like a "bit of weird art" in the past but has since "got used to him", while British comic and broadcaster Russell Brand likened him to a "graceful grasshopper". Merchant has commented that he prefers to liken himself to fellow tall man and English football player, Peter Crouch who, like Merchant, is 6 feet 7 inches (201 cm) tall. Merchant impersonated Crouch in a BBC sketch broadcast as part of the pre-match build-up to England's opening game at the 2006 World Cup.
Before the 2010 general election, Merchant was one of 48 celebrities who signed a letter warning against Conservative Party policy toward the BBC.