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Office star creating new comedy
Ricky Gervais
Ricky Gervais scored an unlikely triumph at the Golden Globes
The Office star Ricky Gervais has revealed he has started work on a new comic character.

Gervais, whose portrayal of David Brent earned him two Golden Globe awards, is creating a new observational comedy based around an outspoken character.

He told reporters on his return from the US that he will have a "victory lie-down" - and then resume work.

"It will be another observational comedy about a man who says exactly what he's thinking," said Gervais.

"I am going to start work on a new series with Steve Merchant and start writing as soon as I can," he added.

Steven Merchant co-created The Office with Gervais, who said winning a pair of Golden Globe awards was a "surreal moment".

'Fat bloke'

The comic, who famously called himself "a fat bloke from Reading", said there would be no victory parade through the streets of the Berkshire town.

"I haven't got the legs for it," he said, adding he might be able to muster the victory lie-down.

Discussing the new project further, Gervais said: "We have been literally been talking about it in the last few weeks. We will let it grow organically, no pressure."

The Office Christmas special
The final UK episodes of The Office were shown at Christmas
The performer was asked by reporters to show off his prestigious pair of gongs, but refused to reveal them, saying they were wrapped in dirty laundry in his baggage.

The spoof fly-on-the-wall documentary, set in Slough, was named the best comedy or musical series at the award ceremony, while Gervais beat the likes of Matt LeBlanc to win best comedy actor.

The Office came to a close at Christmas with two special episodes about how the characters had progressed.

A US version of the show based on Gervais and Merchant's comedy is to be produced, but is unlikely to bear much resemblance to its British predecessor.

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