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STEPHEN MERCHANT (Writer, Director, Producer) is an Emmy, BAFTA and Golden Globe winning actor, comedian, writer, director and producer and one of the most versatile talents in television and film.

Merchant most recently appeared in the crime thriller The Girl in the Spider's Web opposite Claire Foy and has wrapped production on the war satire film Jojo Rabbit opposite Sam Rockwell and Scarlett Johansson.

In 2017 Merchant was widely lauded for his performance as the mutant Caliban in the international blockbuster movie Logan, alongside Hugh Jackman as Wolverine. Prior to that Merchant was star, co-creator, co-writer and director of HBO's Hello Ladies, a sitcom based on his live stand-up show of the same name. The series ended with a feature-length HBO special and received two nominations at the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards.

Merchant first shot to prominence as co-creator (alongside Ricky Gervais) of BBC's The Office and Extras, both of which were critically acclaimed, earning multiple comedy series awards, including three BAFTA Awards, two British Comedy Awards, two Golden Globe Awards, a Primetime Emmy Award, and a Peabody Award. Additionally, Merchant received a British Comedy Award for Best TV Comedy Actor for his role in Extras and, in 2004, accepted their Writers' Guild of Great Britain Award alongside Gervais.

Merchant also served as an executive producer on the long-running U.S. adaptation of The Office, which received five Primetime Emmy Awards and 42 nominations during its run on NBC.

He and Gervais appeared alongside Karl Pilkington in An Idiot Abroad, a highly successful live-action travelogue series which Merchant also co-produced. Merchant and Gervais both appeared in Life's Too Short, a pseudo-documentary on BBC/HBO, which they jointly wrote and directed, and in 2010, the two directed their first feature film, a 1970s-set comedy-drama titled Cemetery Junction. Merchant's additional film credits and cameos include Table 19, I Give It A Year, Hall Pass, Tooth Fairy and Hot Fuzz.

Merchant continues to serve as executive producer on Paramount Network's Emmy-nominated hit series Lip Sync Battle and Adult Swim's surreal comedy Dream Corp, LLC.

He began his career as a stand-up comedian in the UK in 1997 and shortly thereafter became co-host of XFM London's The Ricky Gervais Show. In 2005, the program was reformatted as a weekly podcast that went on to be consistently ranked as number one in the world and was certified as the most downloaded podcast of all time by the Guinness Book of World Records. The program was later adapted into an animated version of the same name for HBO and Channel 4.

Aside from his on-screen work, Merchant has also travelled the globe as a stand-up comedian. He toured the U.S., UK, Australia, and New Zealand with his stand-up show, Stephen Merchant Live: Hello Ladies.

He currently splits his time between Los Angeles and London.


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