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Does Ricky Gervais have a wife and is After Life based on a true story?

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Season three of the much-loved comedy-drama series After Life premiered on 14th January 2022 via Netflix.

Ever since its initial launch in 2019, the deep storyline has sparked speculations surrounding the writer and main actor Ricky Gervais as fans wonder whether or not the show is based on his own experiences.

Here we unpick the answer. Does Ricky Gervais have a girlfriend or a wife like his character Tony does and is After Life based on a true story?

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Does Ricky Gervais have a wife?

Ricky Gervais wrote and starred as the main character in After Life, a series that follows Tony (Gervais) as he comes to terms with the death of his wife Lisa due to her battle with breast cancer.

Despite speculation suggesting otherwise, Netflix’s After Life is not based on a true story.

Although many viewers wonder whether Tony’s situation may reflect the writer’s real background, it does not directly do so.

The 60-year-old comedian and actor Ricky Gervais has been married to his current wife Jane Fallon since they tied the knot in 1982.

Unlike Tony’s wife in the show, Jane Fallon is still alive.

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Meet English author Jane Fallon

Jane Fallon is a 61-year-old English author born in Harrow on 9th December 1960.

Having written eleven novels so far, she most recently published a humorous fiction book named Worst Idea Ever in April 2021.

Fallon also wrote Getting Rid of Matthew, Got You Back, Foursome, The Ugly Sister, Skeletons, Strictly Between Us, My Sweet Revenge, Faking Friends, Tell Me a Secret and Queen Bee.

Over on Instagram, @janefallon2 shares content featuring her husband. In September 2021, she congratulated After Life for its NTA win.

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The couple often share online banter. Gervais retweeted @JaneFallon‘s Twitter comment which joked that a book store recognised the real star of After Life being Tony’s dog, Brandy.

Background of After Life explored

While the actual show is not based on the personal life and experiences of Ricky Gervais, the writer previously admitted that his After Life character Tony is the “closest” to him out of any of his roles. 

During an interview on the podcast Series Linked, the actor explained that every role he had played in his career has been “semi-autobiographical”.

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Additionally, parts of the series have been inspired by real-life stories.

When Tony and photographer Lenny visit an 80-year-old man who receives five identical birthday cards in episode one of the first season, this is a true event.

The situation is based on a man called Brian from Exeter when he received the same 80th birthday card from different family members back in 2013.



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