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Gervais' text message Globe win

Comic Ricky Gervais, who won a Golden Globe award in the US for his sitcom Extras, tells the BBC News website where he was when the glitz-free announcement was made in Los Angeles - and how he feels about picking up another major award.


Ricky Gervais and David Bowie in an episode of Extras
Extras has featured a host of guest stars, such as David Bowie

It feels really good and the novelty hasn't worn off - it's the biggest television awards in the world. A nomination is a big deal and there's very little tat there.

I was up against shows that I love and think are brilliant. It's genuinely still a surprise and an honour.

When the announcement was made I was asleep, so the adrenalin wasn't pumping. I turned my phone on and got text messages from my American agents saying 'you won!'.

They [Americans] don't text and assume you've got e-mail on your Blackberry.

The Globes is my favourite awards show, it's really casual. I'm going to the Screen Actors Guild awards which I think will be the Globes this year.

I'm not at all bothered there wasn't a ceremony - there are people with a lot more problems than me over the writers' strike. Some people are losing their earnings, others their jobs. It's a really bad thing in Los Angeles.

I can't really whinge about not having the chance to put a dickie bow on - I always complain about it, saying 'why have I got to put this on? Why is it starting at 3.30? Why is it 80 degrees?!'

Ricky Gervais and co-star Greg Kinnear on the film set of Ghost Town
I can't really whinge about not having the chance to put a dickie bow on - I always complain about it
Ricky Gervais

I'm having words with David Duchovny for losing out in the comedy performance category - all awards are technically mine. It's like they're borrowed. No, he's brilliant as well.

I've been a huge fan of his since he appeared in The Larry Sanders Show. I never mind not winning.

When you look at the Globes or the Emmys, there are never any bad categories with soaps and reality shows getting their chance. But you shouldn't take awards too seriously, whether you win or lose.

But if you were to take any award seriously it would be for the Golden Globe or Emmy for best comedy!

World domination is now my secret plan - there's going to be a South American version of The Office, which is another few hundred million people. Antarctica is about the only place it hasn't been shown.

I've started work with Stephen [Merchant] on the new project - these wins are all diversions, it's the real thing that counts.


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