Stephen Merchant is an English actor, comedian and writer. He is perhaps best-known for being the co-creator of The Office alongside Ricky Gervais. Merchant also had a hand in creating, writing or developing the TV programs Extras, Life’s Too Short and An Idiot Aboard. Stephen also starred alongside Hugh Jackman in his final appearance as Logan (2017).
Stephen Merchant was born on November 24, 1974 in Bristol, England. His middle name is James, and his zodiac sign is Sagittarius.
Merchant is an atheist, with no religious affiliation or beliefs.
On a 2015 Ricky Gervais’ podcast Stephen once told the story about a woman that invited him to visit her church, to which he proclaims that he does not believe in a God and subsequently argues with her. It may be worth noting on the subject that Merchant is friends with Gervais, who is a well known atheist.
“I don’t think any subjects are off-limits. It’s the way you approach a subject – you can make a joke about race, for example, without being racist. You can send up the racist.” (2)
Stephen seems somewhere in between on the major political party spectrum. For example, he once gave fault to liberals, which would be Democrats for having “agenda that dictates what can and cannot be joked about”. He also trampled upon the Republican Party expressing hate for Donald Trump and how terrifying his presidency would be.
He also suggests that Sarah Palin has never seen a subtitled film. As for explicitly expressing his political standing, he merely offers he is” not cynical about politics”, thinking that it’s “important that people vote and engage in politics”.
Here Stephen weighs in on the difference between English and American political issues, like global warming and abortion:
Stephen is known for sending up his romantic failures, such as in the HBO series Hello Ladies. At 6 foot 7 inches, Stephen himself has said that he looks like “a character from Aardman Animation.” (1)
On his lack of chemistry with women, Merchant said that he doesn’t feel troubled by it. “It doesn’t feel like like an absence from my life,” he described. “When people bring it up in interviews, I feel a little bit like what it must have been like to be a single woman in the 1920s – like she’s 19 and not married! I’m sorry if I’ve disappointed everyone, I’ve never felt those social pressures.”(1)
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