Stephen James Merchant is an English comedian, actor, director, presenter and writer. Alongside Ricky Gervais, Merchant was the co-writer and co-director of the British TV comedy series The Office, and co-writer, co-director, and co-star of both Extras and Life's Too Short. With Gervais and Karl Pilkington, he hosted The Ricky Gervais Show in its radio, podcast, audiobook, and television formats; the radio version won a bronze Sony Award. He also provided the voice of the robotic "Intelligence Dampening Core" Wheatley in the 2011 video game Portal 2. Merchant co-developed the Sky1 travel series An Idiot Abroad and co-created Lip Sync Battle. In 2021 he starred in, co-wrote, co-produced, and co-directed the 12-part comedy crime series The Outlaws. Merchant has also performed as a stand-up comedian, which led to him writing and starring in the HBO series Hello Ladies, which was based on his stand-up material.