Ricky Gervais, 60, has expressed his concerns that his career has peaked with his Netflix comedy-drama, After Life. Following the release of the show’s third and final series, Ricky has thanked fans for the wave of support, but also admitted he is worried he cannot “better it”.
In a message to his 14.5 million Twitter followers, Ricky shared a candid photograph of himself and German Shepherd Anti, who plays the comedian’s on-screen dog Brandy in the series.
The comedian could be seen with a huge smile on his face as Anti places her paw on Ricky’s shoulder and licks his face.
Alongside the heart-warming picture, Gervais detailed his thoughts on whether his career could possibly progress following After Life’s overwhelming success.
He wrote: “I will never get over the reaction to After Life and I’ll probably never better it.
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“Maybe I should retire. Or die. Yes. That’s my cunning plan.”
He concluded his message by saying he has the “best fans in the world” and thanked them for their support.
Legions of followers commented on the post to congratulate Ricky on the series and to share how much it had an effect on them.
Caitlin said: “Absolutely b****y genius, cried, laughed and loved all three seasons, you and all the cast should be incredibly proud of this show.”
Ruby penned: “After Life gave me joy and understanding in the thick of my grief. Oh, what it means to be understood! Grief is big, and this series makes it human. Beautiful, hysterical and sad. You really are epic Ricky and Brandy.”
Anne echoed: “Wonderful show. We watched season three for the second time last week. Such a gift of a programme. It certainly felt more raw for losing my mum last year but so many words of gentle wisdom, humour and humanity and that dog!!! It deserves armfuls of awards.”
And Priyankava added: “I said it before, I’ll say it again, After Life is a masterpiece! You did good Mr Gervais. You are a gem in a world full of pebbles. From this cancer warrior, I thank you once more.”
Brandy the dog plays a pivotal role in the series as Ricky’s character, Tony, struggles to cope with the death of his wife, Lisa (Kerry Godliman).
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Brandy is a constant reminder of Tony’s life with Lisa, and after hitting rock bottom, Tony questions whether he can carry on living.
However, it is Brandy who saves her owner’s life as Tony knows he has to carry on living to keep the family pet alive.
Ricky and Anti appeared on The One Show last week, where the star discussed the latest instalment.
Their close bond was evident as Anti sat calmly next to the comedian, but then ran away when Ricky made a heartbreaking confession.
Ricky revealed the inspiration for After Life was how he would feel if he lost his partner, Jane Fallon, and went on to say he wanted to die first so he never has to go through the grief of living without her.
Anti cried out before licking Ricky’s face and jumping off the sofa.
Attempting to put the dog at ease, Gervais joked: “Oh Anti! I know, I’ve got six more years, Anti, don’t worry.”