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'Losing my life partner is my biggest nightmare' - Ricky Gervais on death, coronavirus and his latest Netflix success

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Ricky Gervais and his partner Jane Fallon

Ricky Gervais and his partner Jane Fallon

Ricky Gervais and his partner Jane Fallon

Ricky Gervais has revealed his latest TV smash hit show was born out of the biggest fear of his life - losing his beloved partner Jane Fallon.

Gervais is back on our screens on Friday for the second season of his smash hit comedy-drama After Life on Netflix, with the comedy giant who shot to fame playing the role of David Brent in The Office telling the Independent.ie that his latest alter-ego was dreamed up from his worst nightmare.

Playing the role of broken local newspaper journalist Tony as he battles to overcome the tragic loss of his beloved wife Lisa due to cancer, the writer and star of After Life admits the inspiration was very personal.