Ricky Gervais initially attempted a career as a pop star in the 1980s as the singer of the new wave act Seona Dancing and served as manager for the band Suede before becoming a comedian. Between 1998 and 2000, he appeared on The 11 O'Clock Show on Channel 4. He was then given his own talk show, Meet Ricky Gervais, on Channel 4, and achieved greater success with his BBC television series The Office. Gervais has starred in the Hollywood films Ghost Town, and Muppets Most Wanted. He also wrote, directed and starred in The Invention of Lying. He has won seven BAFTA Awards, five British Comedy Awards, two Emmy Awards, three Golden Globe Awards, and more. BBC named him the third most influential person in British culture in 2004, and in 2010 he was voted the 3rd greatest stand-up comic by Channel 4.