Ricky Gervais is one of my favourite actors and comedians. These days, he’s making loads of money from all the spin-offs of the original version of The Office. He also has a series called Extras which is very good plus all his podcasts, which are amongst the most popular on the planet.
But before all this, he was a musician and wannabe manager. In the early 80s, he was in a band called Seona Dancing. They had a record deal and released a couple of singles, one of which–something called “More to Lose”–was big in the Philippines.
For a very brief time, Gervais was the manager of Suede, one of the early Britpop bands. And then he became a music advisor to a BBC show, which was his way into the network and the production of The Office.