Why David Brent is my hero: Ten years after The Office first aired, its creator reveals the inspiration behind his most famous character…

Why David Brent is my hero: Ten years after The Office first aired, its creator reveals the inspiration behind his most famous character…

Why David Brent is my hero: Ten years after The Office first aired, its creator reveals the inspiration behind his most famous character…

10:30 PM on 15th July 2011

Inspired: Ricky Gervais reveals that he had already created David Brent as a character from 1995 before making his television debut in The Office in 2001

Inspired: Ricky Gervais reveals that he had already created David Brent as a character from 1995 before making his television debut in The Office in 2001

Winning formula: Ricky says that the fake documentary element of The Office heightened consequences and enabled the audience to connect

Winning formula: Ricky says that the fake documentary element of The Office heightened consequences and enabled the audience to connect