English stand-up comedian, actor, director, screenwriter and singer. Gervais worked initially in the music industry, attempting a career as a pop star in the 1980s as the singer of the new wave act Seona Dancing and working as the manager of the then-unknown band Suede before turning to comedy. Gervais began his stand-up career in the late 1990s. He has performed five multi-national stand-up comedy tours, and wrote the Flanimals book series. He has also starred in the Hollywood films Ghost Town, the Night at the Museum trilogy, For Your Consideration and Muppets Most Wanted. Gervais was born at Battle Hospital in Reading. In 1983, during his final year as a student at University College London, Gervais and college friend Bill Macrae formed the new wave pop duo Seona Dancing.